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by Anne Brear

1898 Yorkshire. Aurora Pettigrew has it all—a loving family, a nice home, a comfortable life. She’s waiting for the right man to offer her marriage, and the man for her is Reid Sinclair, heir to the Sinclair fortune and the love of her life. But Reid’s mother, Julia, is against the match and her ruthlessness unearths a family secret that will tear Aurora’s world apart. Unwilling to bring shame on her family and needing answers to the allegations brought to light by Reid’s mother, Aurora begins a long journey away from home. She leaves behind all that is familiar and safe to enter a world of mean streets and poor working class. By chance, she reconnects with a man from her past and before he leaves with the army to war in South Africa, he offers her security through marriage. Aurora knows she should be happy, but the memory of her love for Reid threatens her future.
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ISBN: 1908483113
ISBN13: 978-1908483119
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Author: Anne Brear
Language: English
Publisher: Knox Robinson Publishing; 1 edition (August 3, 2012)
Pages: 448 pages
ePUB size: 1179 kb
FB2 size: 1488 kb
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 258
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I have been an avid follower of Anne Brear for many years and have had the pleasure of reading almost all of her novels. I was eager to read this one, confident that it would be as impressive as the others. This book exceeded my expectations and is one of favourites.

The story takes place in Yorkshire England during the late 19th century. At the heart of this tale is a young woman named Aurora, a young woman of comfortable means who is in love with Reid, a young man of privilege, who lives next door. Conflict arises when Reid's mother, Julia, who believes Aurora is unsuitable for her son because her family is newly wealthy, sets out to research the family's past secrets. She manages to discover a secret that devastates Aurora's life and forces her to live in poverty.

As expected, To Take Her Pride is the kind of story that moves the reader through a realm of emotions. Complex, realistic characters, a rags-to-riches theme, and a forbidden love element, kept the plot moving at a good clip with unexpected twists along the way. The reader is taken on an emotional journey through historical York where the author's attention to detail and historical accuracy truly makes the story and characters feel authentic.

This novel is both heart-warming and heart-wrenching. It depicts England's class system in an unbiased, true manner. The author plumbs the depths of her characters, making them multi-dimensional, imperfect, and fascinating. I could not put this book down and it kept me reading long into the night. If this is the first book by Anne Brear (formerly Anne Whitfield) that you've read, rest assured that it will not be the last. You'll become a collector like me! Get this book, sit back, and enjoy beautiful prose and an exquisite read.
A lovely historical read.

I really enjoyed this book. The author did an excellent job of describing the world Aurora lived in and making it come alive for the reader. This book is written beautifully. The writing flows from chapter to chapter and makes you want more every time you set it down.
What I loved about this book was how the author made the main character actually do something and learn throughout the book. So many romance titles take advantage of the helpless heroine angle and this book didn't. Aurora was able to grow as a person throughout the unfolding of this book, which made me care about her more in the end. I was actually sorry when I finished it that it had ended so soon.
There are a few strangle-worthy moments in this book where you want to slap the main character and supporting characters and say "DUH!" When they can't figure out what is plainly obvious to you, but it does add to the need to keep reading the book.

There are a few typos in the book that could have been edited out, but nothing awful. Over all it was a great read and I would recommend it for anyone who loves historical romance. This book was refreshing and different.
I wasn't sure if I wanted to give this two or three stars. As another reviewer said, it was frustrating. Both Reid and Aurora were so oblivious to the machinations of the evil Julia that you just wanted to whap them both upside the head. I mean, how many letters can disappear without someone thinking something is afoot? However, if Aurora had been a little more astute, and also more trusting of Reid, there would not have been a book at all. And the author worked the "Pride" angle very well, which is probably one of the main themes of the book she wanted to explore.

Also, the "side" characters are wonderful! Lilly, Noah and all the residents of the "Lane" were just beautiful and fleshed out to make them seem believable. Aurora's adoptive family was a delight too - especially her younger sisters and her father. This kept my attention because I really cared what happened to all of them.

If you want something light to read and if you don't get frustrated at unnecessary pride, lack of communication and gullibility, then this would be a good book for you. I got it for free, but had I paid list price for it, I might have been very disappointed.
This story held my attention from the beginning.

The hero & heroine, as well as the secondary characters, were so well described that I had no trouble picturing them in my mind.

I could also picture the first place(total dump) Aurora stayed with Sophia and the second place they moved to and got it cleaned and livable.
Plus, all the neighbors on the lane were introduced in such a smooth way that they were all believable as real people.

As I said before, this story held my attention. It had romance, drama, happy and sad times throughout.
And all of it was told without being too wordy or drawn out.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Give the free sample a read and decide for yourself.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this tale of romance, partly because I love stories set in Victorian England, and partly because I thought it was very well-written. I probably would have enjoyed this tale even more if the writer had developed every character even more than she already did, because I like to find out what makes people tick. I thought the storyline was well thought out, and our heroine turned out to be one tough cookie whose strength of will and her determination and hard work help her to make a new life for herself, despite her past mistakes.