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Kate Hannigan
     

Kate Hannigan

by Thorndike Press (Manufactured by)
 
Master of romantic fiction Catherine Cookson is world renowned for her enthralling tales of love that triumphs over impossible odds. In Kate Hannigan, her very first novel, Catherine Cookson introduces us to the enduring story of her most charismatic heroine.

The moment he lays eyes on Kate, Dr. Rodney Prince is enchanted. He senses in this poverty-stricken

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Master of romantic fiction Catherine Cookson is world renowned for her enthralling tales of love that triumphs over impossible odds. In Kate Hannigan, her very first novel, Catherine Cookson introduces us to the enduring story of her most charismatic heroine.

The moment he lays eyes on Kate, Dr. Rodney Prince is enchanted. He senses in this poverty-stricken patient an intelligence and warmth that's completely unexpected. His own wife, living in the oblivion of velvet cushions and lavish dinner parties, seems crude by comparison. Though they meet only briefly then retreat to their separate worlds, the image of Kate leaves an indelible mark upon his mind.

Rodney knows that Kate's spirit has survived life-long suffering at the hands of men. Her father, an embittered dock worker, directed his violent rages toward Kate and her mother. At age eighteen Kate fell victim to a smooth-talking seducer and became the unwed mother of a child she later compromised her dignity to support. Such circumstances only deepen Rodney's desire to rescue Kate and overturn the codes of a society that serve to keep them apart. As the kindhearted Dr. Prince unintentionally wins over the heart of Kate's fatherless daughter, he and Kate begin to acknowledge that the gap between rich and poor might not be so great after all.

Available now in the United States, Kate Hannigan remains a timeless tribute to romantic love. England's late, great Catherine Cookson has spun the unforgettable tale of a wealthy man caught in a loveless marriage, a young woman trapped in the slums, and their defiance of the mores of Edwardian society.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
In her first historical romance, finally available stateside in hardcover, the late British novelist Cookson (The Fifteen Streets, etc.) shows her chops and introduces her beloved heroine Kate Hannigan. Intelligent, beautiful and out of place in the squalor of her humble home in the "fifteen streets" slum, Kate first captivates the blue-blooded Dr. Rodney Prince when he delivers her illegitimate daughter, Annie, one oppressively cold Christmas eve. His fellow physician, Dr. Davidson, finds Kate a plum "situation" with some kindly Protestants, the Tolmaches, who educate the girl far above her station, feeding her desperately thirsty mind as she struggles to raise Annie on her own. Kate and Dr. Prince are periodically reunited over the next few years as Annie grows into a sensitive young girl and Kate herself blossoms into a thoughtful, dignified woman. Dr. Prince's obvious affection for Kate fuels gossip among the denizens of the 15 streets, who suspect he's Annie's father. Gradually breaking down class barriers, Dr. Prince slowly surrenders to his love for Kate and her adorable daughter. His own cold and calculating wife, Stella, strings him along with affected gentleness and cheer, only to reject real intimacy and the possibility of children. Stella's conniving, a hysterical patient's mad whims and the doctor's near death in the Great War threaten to thwart Kate's happiness, but love prevails in the end. The cozily familiar plot holds few surprises, but Cookson's trademark northern English color and lovable characters will win over first-time readers and delight old fans whose paperback editions have grown tattered. (Jan.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal - Library Journal
A hardcover edition of beloved British author Cookson's first finally makes it to these shores. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
First US hardcover publication of the late Dame Cookson's first novel. The notorious slums of Tyneside in the early 1900s are not easy to escape, but young Kate Hannigan dreams of doing just that. Her gentle beauty and her spirit are much admired by the son of the upper-class family for whom she works, but a brief and ill-fated dalliance results in a pregnancy of which he knows nothing. Nine months later, Kate tries desperately to give birth, attended by drunken midwife Dorrie. As the story opens, the midwife is ordered away by Rodney Prince, an idealistic doctor who struggles to save Kate and her unborn child (this strong and beautifully written scene was considered scandalously graphic in 1950, when the book was first published). Thereafter, Dr. Prince takes a gossip-friendly interest in little Annie and her mother Kate, who then goes into service for a kindly family. The Tolemaches, an elderly sister and two brothers, are unexpectedly generous to both baby and mother (whose fine new clothes cause still more malicious gossip), and, more importantly, they provide an education for Kate. Her weak-willed mother Sarah is secretly proud, but Tim Hannigan, Sarah's brutish husband, is not. He's convinced that Kate is not his, and indeed his wife has never come clean with the truth. Dr. Prince, a passionate man enmeshed in a battle of wills with Stella, his icy, controlling wife, inevitably falls in love with Kate, but his noble nature keeps him from revealing his true feelings. Yet Stella, a would-be poet who lords over her own literary soirees, will not give him a divorce. Kate soldiers on as the years go by, driven almost mad by poverty and Tim Hannigan's vicious beatings. As WWI looms overEurope, Dr. Prince vows his love-and when he returns, badly wounded, their hidden love blossoms at last. Employing the melodramatic cliches we've come to expect after 90 bestsellers, Cookson (1907-98) was a natural successor to the great English writers of the Romantic era. Vivid, emotionally stirring: one of her best.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786261598
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
04/20/2004
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
366
Product dimensions:
5.66(w) x 8.72(h) x 1.19(d)

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