Published: 28/01/2017
ISBN: 9781785899133
Format: Paperback

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Counting the Cost
by Jemima Brigges

A woman's life in Pre-Regency Shropshire (1794 – 1808).

Maria knows to her cost that a woman alone must do what she can to survive.

Ten years ago, with her life in ruins, she determined to restore her good name and reputation - even if it took subterfuge.

Now she is Miss Dinchope, housekeeper, the epitome of primness and virtue. Her past is forgotten, but she has learned that the respectable faces around her hide dark secrets, every bit as threatening as her own...

Somehow, Maria must protect the vulnerable young servant entrusted to her care. But how can she teach Nell to avoid the pitfalls she encountered? And will her help be enough?

A heart warming story, which gives a rare insight into the lives of women to whom kindness, honesty and friendship mean more than money and social class. It is the second part of an interlinking series that is filled with love, loss, life and laughs.

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Following on from last year's success with Counting the Cost, JEMIMA BRIGGES will be running a FREE Kindle Promotion for her latest book, HELD TO RANSOM, between Thursday 3rd – Monday 7th August 2017 inclusive.

Thanks to your help with spreading the word, in 2016, Counting the Cost achieved #1 & #2 position in major categories on Amazon, and garnered critical acclaim from readers. The aim of this years promotion is to provide readers with even more opportunities to share the ongoing story of Linmore.

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Amazon Bestseller

Timed to coincide with the Bronte Festival of Women's Writing, (September 9th - 11th), Jemima Brigges' KDP free ebook promotion ran from Thursday 8th - 12th September inclusive. During that time Counting the Cost achieved the #1 slot in the Literary fiction / Historical, and #2 in British & Irish / Historical ebook categories. The #1 position qualified Counting the Cost to be rated as an Amazon Bestseller in the Free ebook category.

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Those who enjoyed Jemima Brigges' debut novel, Brothers at Arms, will find plenty to relish in her second novel, Counting the Cost.
The story follows the misfortunes of Maria, an unmarried young girl who has become pregnant in an era of moral servitude. Critically ill following the birth, she believes her child has died, so seeks to restore her good name and reputation. At the same time, a baby found in a church a few miles away is adopted by a family of paupers. Some years later, Maria, having achieved a position of authority is drawn to help a pauper child, employed as a house maid, to seek a better life.
The narrative is propelled along swiftly and remains powerful and engrossing. The characters are well developed and brought to life in a realistic and memorable way. By expanding upon the story started in Brothers at Arms, Ms Brigges' burgeoning saga not only promises a rich and rewarding story, but also delivers a very human story set against the backdrop of the social hierarchies of Georgian England.
Rating 5/5

by Julian L


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