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Summary The Black Velvet Gown

There would be times when Riah Millican came to regret that her husband had learned to read and write and then shared his knowledge with her and their children  For this was Durham in the 1830's when employers tended to regard the spread of education with suspicion  But now Seth Millican was dead a. When Riah is given a job at Moor House she feels her prayers are answered She has not only found a home a job her and the Master of the House develop a friendship Mr Miller her employer tells Riah that he wishes to teach her children Riah feels blessed by his seeming kindness but learns that the kindness has a cost and horrifying cost I notice that many people miss a important story arch in this book It relates to the Black Velvet Gown given to Riah by Miller She believes he is to bed her but to her horror discovers that he has a disturbing interest in her eldest son Davey The Black velvet gown was his payment for her son it s so subtly done many miss it but once you realise Miller s motives much of the previous dialogue and odd things he says suddenly become alarmingly clear The revelation comes to

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The Black Velvet Gown

Nd she was a widow with the need to find a home and a living for herself and her childrenThe chance of becoming a housekeeper didn't work out but it led to Moor House and a scholarly recluse obsessed with that very book learning that could open so many doors and yet create so many problems; especially. I didn t realize that the education of the lower ranking classes in the late 1800s was such a controversial issue till I picked up this book For a Cookson novel it was a tad disappointing I have come to expect a bit out of her It had an interesting enough start beginning with a woman named Maria and her four children Her husband has just passed away of Cholera leaving her with two sons two daughters and a small bag of money in a mining town that wishes to kick them out After being turned aside by her own family Maria takes a journey that leads her to a manor house with a peculiar master The master provides a roof over her and her children s heads in exchange for her housekeeping skills He also takes it upon himself to educate her children This is not without its price however At this point it gets in

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With her daughter Biddy who was not only bright but witfulTHE BLACK VELVET GOWN is the story of a mother and daughter often at odds with each other facing the need to challenge and fight the prejudice of an age a narrative of great power and diversity that is one of Catherine Cookson's major achievemen. I am a great fan of Catherine Cookson and read most of her booksIn the 1830 s in northern England Riah Millican a widow with three children takes a job as housekeeper to a reclusive former teacher Percival Miller Miller makes Riah the gift of a black velvet gown and even educates her children But when Riah discovers the reason behind Miller s gifts she vows to leave his house but Miller has a hold on her even after his death when he leaves his house to her on the condition that she never marry Riah s daughter Biddy grows up and becomes a laundress in a large house where her education keeps her from fitting in and makes her a target But it also catches the eye of a son of the house and with Miller s legacies Biddy may yet find her way to happiness


10 thoughts on “The Black Velvet Gown

  1. says:

    I grew up thinking that Catherine Cookson was sort of a lightweight romance author and thus I never really bothered with her Imagine my surprise when I picked up The Black Velvet Gown and found it to be intricate than I e

  2. says:

    When Riah is given a job at Moor House she feels her prayers are answered She has not only found a home a job her and the Master of

  3. says:

    I absolutely loved this book and I really didn't expect to Based on the cover and various descriptions of it and its author I really expected another shallow crappy 'historical fiction' really a romance in pseudo intellect

  4. says:

    I have read many Catherine Cookson novels over the years This writer is exceptionally prolific and it's difficult to categorize her style; they are certainly historical with a bit of a Gothic flair; however many deal with deprivation and great sadness; this is one that I really love It is about a woman who falls on hard ti

  5. says:

    I am forever buying books to get home to find I have already read the book I just purchased It's so disappointing to sit down ready

  6. says:

    I didn't realize that the education of the lower ranking classes in the late 1800s was such a controversial issue till I picked up this book For a Cookson novel it was a tad disappointing I have come to expect a bit out of her It had an interesting enough start beginning with a woman named Maria and her four children Her husband has just passed away of Cholera leaving her with two sons two daughters and a small bag of money in a

  7. says:

    Just arrived from USA trough BMPage 165Books books books I'd like to burn the lot People are right the gentry ar

  8. says:

    I am a great fan of Catherine Cookson and read most of her booksIn the 1830's in northern England Riah Millican a widow with three ch

  9. says:

    First time I have read Catherine Cookson Excellent writer This book is about rising above your social standing If you are poor you should not rise to greater heights and you should not learn to read or write no good will co

  10. says:

    I love this book and have read it at least 5 timesI love the last line it just showed you that people should be careful before they do a kindnessjust got done reading it again 7915

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