The Dowerless Sisters

The Dowerless Sisters

by Fiona Buckley, Valerie Anand

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When their businessman father dies suddenly, leaving his affairs in disarray and his family in dire financial straits, it seems that sisters Charlotte and Victoria have little choice but to accept the support offered by their stuffy, authoritarian Uncle Edward. But their mother has other ideas and, defying convention, she chooses to provide her daughters with careers.

The girls' drapery business prospers but there is a price to pay for their independence. They have severely compromised their marriageability. Vicky's reckless attempts at romance end in disaster whilst Charlotte, outwardly more content with her lot, suffers behind the walls of her self-control, silently repressing her need for a man's love and enduring the fact that although she would have loved to have a child, she never will.

But the twentieth century brings changes and, by an ironic twist of fate, Charlotte and Vicky find themselves guardians of their great-niece Paula, the granddaughter of a long-dead airman around whom Charlotte had, long ago, built groundless dreams. Like her grandfather, Paula is fascinated by flying and unlike her great-aunt, her romance with an airman blossoms and results in marriage. But when tragedy threatens from an unexpected quarter it is to her great-aunts that she turns--to Vicky for comfort but to Charlotte for the strength to go on into the future, and Charlotte, though she is now on the eve of her hundredth birthday, does not fail her.

A moving, deeply felt novel, THE DOWERLESS SISTERS is an unforgettable chronicle of a life lived through a century of enormous change.

THE DOWERLESS SISTERS is the final book in this epic series.

The Dowerless Sisters
An unforgettable chronicle of a century of change

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157333263
Publisher: Speaking Volumes
Publication date: 03/27/2017
Series: Bridges Over Time , #6
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 389
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Valerie Anand (aka Fiona Buckley) is a British author of historical fiction. Under the pen name Fiona Buckley she writes the series of historical mysteries, set in the reign of Elizabeth I of England, featuring "Ursula Blanchard" (whose full name is Ursula Faldene Blanchard de la Roche Stannard). Under her own name she writes historical fiction based on the royalty of England and the Bridges over Time series which follows a family from the eleventh century through the nineteenth century.

Praise for Valerie Anand

“Valerie Anand has been building a remarkable body of work, a series of historical novels that have recreated England’s history both accurately and vividly.”
—The Anniston Star (The Proud Villeins)

“Anand’s interest is in the intersection of cultures—here, Norse and Norman—which she dramatizes effectively.”
—Kirkus Reviews (The Proud Villeins)

"With a thoroughgoing knowledge of medieval life and customs, Anand weaves a moving tale of courageous men and women who, though brutalized by their surroundings, nurture the spark of hope."
—Publishers Weekly (The Ruthless Yeoman)

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