The Hungry Tide by Val Wood
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I was sent this book by the publishers Random House UK.
Val Woods has been one of my forever best authors, my reading life began with her and Catherine Cookson, along with Danielle Steel.
I found I had read this book back in 2011.
Sarah`s father was involved in a terrible accident loosing his leg. They were living hand to mouth as it was, now this lead them deeper into poverty.
Based around Hull and around coastlines, whaling ships and fishing boats were families bread and butter, literally.
John comes along and falls in love with Sarah, but he's way out of her class. Wealthy, owner of a whaling fleet. Just what is going to happen?
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The first winner of the Catherine Cookson Prize, this is a family saga set on the Yorkshire coast at the turn of the 18th century. For generations, a stubborn population of farmers and fishermen has struggled against the encroachments of the sea that is the background to their lives.
In the slums of Hull, at the turn of the eighteenth century, lived Will and Maria Foster, constantly fighting a war against poverty, disease and crime. Will was a whaler, wedded to the sea, and when tragedy struck, crippling him for life, it was John Rayner, nephew of the owner of the whaling fleet, who was to rescue the family. Will had saved the boy's life on an arctic voyage and they were offered work and a home on the headlands of Holderness, on the estate owned by John Rayner's wealthy family. And there, Will's third child was born -- Sarah, a bright and beautiful girl who was to prove the strength of the family.
As John watched Sarah grow into a serene and lovely woman, he became increasingly aware of his love for her, a love that was hopeless, for the gulf of wealth and social standing between them made marriage impossible. Against the background of the sea, the wide skies of Holderness, and the frightening crumbling land that meant so much to them, their love story was played out to its final climax.
(followed by Children of the Tide