The Girl From World's End by Leah Fleming

The Girl From World's End

byLeah Fleming

Kobo ebook | June 25, 2009

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When tragedy strikes, there’s only one place she can go…A captivating debut from a born storyteller. When 8-year-old Mirren Gilchrist is orphaned after a tragic accident, she is sent to live with her estranged relatives deep in the Yorkshire Dales. She struggles to fit in, her town ways a mystery to the country children. One day, fleeing school – and the cane – she takes refuge from a fierce snowstorm in the ruins of a stone cottage. Legend has it that World's End is haunted but Mirren has finally found somewhere she can call home and her love affair with this magical place begins. It's the place she falls in love with Jack, the place she secretly hopes will one day become their very own. But the Second World War arrives and everything is thrown into turmoil. Jack returns from leave a changed man – violent and uncaring, a cruel streak shining though. Mirren struggles to cope with the transformed Jack and new motherhood. Then tragedy strikes and history looks set to repeat itself. Is heartache here to stay or can Mirren find solace and inspiration in the only place she has ever felt truly safe?

Title:The Girl From World's EndFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:June 25, 2009Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0007334958

ISBN - 13:9780007334957


Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Tragically Stirring Tale! “The Girl from World’s End” is a stirring blend of heartbreak, tragedy and love that begins when eight-year-old Mirren Gilchrist, orphaned after a tragic accident is sent to live with her deceased mother’s parents at Craigside Farm in the Yorkshire Dales. Struggling to adapt, Mirren is bullied at her new school fleeing in a snowstorm and taking refuge in the ruins of a stone cottage believed to be haunted. Yet it is this haven at World’s End that will save her life more than once throughout the years ahead. But tragedy is never far from Mirren’s life when Jack Sowerby, who she’s loved since childhood returns from WWII changed, and constantly drunk, his reckless actions causing the death of their daughter Sylvia as well as her miscarriage. Her husband committed, Mirren shuts herself off from family and friends, seeking solace in alcohol, only to be faced with another tragic accident that leaves her finally broken and suicidal. Yet through it all Mirren’s cousin Ben who’s loved her for years struggles to help her overcome the demons that haunt her even though he knows his feelings may never be returned. Well-developed and emotionally -charged Leah Fleming brings to life the impact of WWII with its traumatic effect on soldiers and its repercussions on a rural farming community with its restrictions, regulations, rationing, shortage of manpower and lack of foodstuffs. In a landscape filled with hard work, fear of attack and daily uncertainty Mirren takes on a man-sized workload with her cousin Ben, loving the land and her daughter. With the return of her husband Jack intensity builds as the story heats up when his drinking and his jealousy of Ben makes him reckless. With every twist in the story as events unfold heartbreak plagues Mirren and she sets aside her vow of temperance while her happy nature spirals downward and happiness eludes her. Leah Fleming has created complex, realistic and memorable characters that infuse the story with tension, depth, and high-emotion like Mirren Gilchrist the stubborn tomboy who grows into a smart, resilient, and hardworking young woman who falls in love with the wrong man. Jack Sowerby, a boy who is kind and caring to young Mirren, but hates farming grows into a cocky, wild, over-confident and impulsive young man. After the war, his genial personality changes dramatically, becoming cold, aggressive, and angry in his drunkenness. After the tragic death of his daughter he undergoes rehabilitation in a mental institution and dries out, but his recklessness never leaves him. In contrast Reuben (Ben) Yewell is conscientious, down-to-earth, loyal, and protective; his love for Mirren never waning. I thoroughly enjoyed “The Girl from World’s End” with its fascinating look at a family besieged with tragedy and despair during and after WWII. I highly recommend it and will look for other engaging stories by this author.
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