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ISBN: 0091428106
Author: Charlotte Vale Allen
Language: English
Publisher: Hutchinson; Presumed first edition - book club edition edition (1980)
Pages: 343
Category: Contemporary
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 168
Size Fb2: 1507 kb
Size ePub: 1895 kb
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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. During the Great Depression, Jessica Greaves promises her father she will look after her younger sister-a promise that has undreamed of repercussions.

About Charlotte Vale-Allen. Charlotte Vale-Allen On Writing. by Charlotte Vale-Allen. It is the height of the Great Depression and Jessica Greaves has promised her late father that she will look after her younger sister, Tillie

About Charlotte Vale-Allen. It is the height of the Great Depression and Jessica Greaves has promised her late father that she will look after her younger sister, Tillie. It is a promise that will shape her entire life and have shattering consequences.

Charlotte Vale-Allen was born in Toronto and lived in England from 1961 to 1964 where she worked as a television actress and singer. She returned to Toronto briefly, performing as a singer and in cabaret revues until she emigrated to the United States in 1966. Shortly after her marriage to Walter Allen in 1970 she began writing and sold her first novel Love Life in 1974.

Charlotte Vale-Allen (born January 19, 1941) is a writer of contemporary fiction. She lived in the United Kingdom from 1961 to 1964 working as a singer and actress. She emigrated to the United States in 1966 following a brief return to Canada. After marrying Walter Bateman Allen Jr. in 1970, she moved to Connecticut where she has lived since

During the Great Depression, Jessica Greaves promises her father she will look after her younger sister-a promise that has undreamed of repercussions.

During the Great Depression, Jessica Greaves promises her father she will look after her younger sister-a promise that has undreamed of repercussions.

Charlotte Vale Allen was born in Toronto, Canada, on January 19, 1941. She spent several years in England, where she worked as a singer and actress. After returning to Canada for a short time, she immigrated to the United States in 1966. Allen began writing in 1970 and sold her first novel, Love Life, in 1974. In her novels, Allen attempts to offer optimism and insight on many issues women face

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Find nearly any book by Charlotte Vale Allen. Get the best deal by comparing prices from over 100,000 booksellers. by Charlotte Vale Allen. ISBN 9781892738189 (978-1-892738-18-9) Hardcover, Island Nation Pr Llc, 1998. Find signed collectible books: 'Acts of Kindness'.

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She also used the pseudonym of Katharine Marlowe. In 2000, CBS bought the rights to Somebody’s Baby for a movie-of-the-week, and several of her other novels are currently under option for film and television.

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Prince Persie
I really enjoyed reading this book, for me I couldn't wait to see what happened next. I liked the way the author wrote and the development of the characters. When I read I like to feel I am getting my monies worth so I usually only read and buy books that are at least 400 pages. Both books of the author that I read were 500 and 600 pages.
Qwert
This book was sure not what I was expecting. Based on the back blurb ("selling her body that was just trembling on the verge of womanhood"), I was ready for a trashfest, and at first I thought that was what I had on my hands, but then I started noticing that things were a lot more complex and psychologically real than what one finds in your typical trashy book. I came to recognize that rather than immature thrills-- which, hey, I'll admit is what I originally signed up for-- the author was writing a story from a mature perspective, about a strong woman who did what it took to survive, what that did to her self-esteem, her opinion of men, how hard it is to love anyone when you don't think you're worth loving. Things like that. Charlotte Vale Allen is definitely an author I want to read more from.

Also have to mention, progressive views on lesbianism for 1980. Not "yay gay!" cheerleading or anything like that; more "you are gay and that's okay".

Oh, and if you know Toronto, there's so many references here you'll have fun recognizing.
melody of you
Although this book was written in 1980, if you are a Charlotte Vale Allen fan, it would be well worth your time to read it.I found this to be a very powerful book and was quite moved by it.It starts during the depression when Jessie and Tillie's formerly wealthy father dies,leaving them penniless. Jessie, at eighteen, has promised her father she would always care for twelve year old Tillie.What follows are Jessie's sad attempts to earn enough money to care for both of them. Tillie thwarts her early attempts and they run to Canada to try to establish a new life. A truck driver,Rene', takes them most of the way and plays a major positive role in Jessie's life throughout the book. They establish a new life in Toronto, where Jessie becomes a call girl to give Tillie the decent life she wants her to have. Tillie, in the meantime,turns into an ungrateful,selfish person,forcing her way into peoples' lives ,creating destruction along the way. Jessie's life takes an entirely different direction when she marries a wealthy busiman and has a family. A tragedy seperates the sisters, and they both face different kinds of problems in their lives,leaving them seperated for years.Events played out with both women create changes in them,making Jessie stronger and more positive about herself.Tillie faces a serious problem ,which forces her to look strongly at herself, realizing what she has been to others, and effects a major change.In addition to Jessie and Tillie,there are Sandy,Press,Flora,the children and,of course,Rene'.They are all so well developed you feel you know them well. This is a wonderful book, which leaves a "feel good" feeling when you have finished it.
Xtreem
It is the height of the Great Depression and Jessica Greaves has promised her late father that she will look after her younger sister, Tillie. It is a promise that will shape her entire life and have shattering consequences.

In despair, with no resources and nowhere to turn, Jessica does the only thing she can: She takes to the streets of New York to sell herself in order to keep herself and her sister alive.

Refusing to know and, later, to acknowledge, just how her sister has managed to provide for the two of them, Tillie blithely--with completely self-absorption--goes after whatever she wants, without regard for the fact that it will ultimately fall to Jess to satisfy Tillie's demands.

When Jess agrees to what she believes is a marriage of convenience to a wealthy businessman, Tillie is very nearly consumed by anger and jealousy. And when it becomes obvious that Jess has actually found love with this man, the knowledge nearly drives Tillie mad.

Fleeing from everyone and everything following the death of her son, Tillie runs away. And in the intervening years, Jess is forced to make yet another promise--one that will, eventually, allow her to redeem herself in her own eyes. So that when the sisters finally reunite, they are two very different people who at last are able to make good on that long-ago promise Jess made to their father.
Jogrnd
I thought the book was very good, although a bit unbelievable in parts. Jessica was the one you were cheering for, and Tilly wasn't, but by the end, you wanted them both to be happy, so you find yourself cheering for them both. If you have a rainy afternoon or just want to spend the day in bed with a good book, this is an excellent choice.
Rit
I have enjoyed this as well as other titles by this same author. She carefully researches and crafts the novels she writes.

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