When David Fernley, a farmhand, joins the Arctic whaling fleet in Whitby in 1780 and marries his childhood sweetheart, their ambitions are high, but their hopes are severely tested in the unforgiving Arctic and by the intrigue they meet as they aspire to Whitby Society....
|Title||:||The Red Shawl|
|Number of Pages||:||447 Pages|
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The Red Shawl Reviews
Set in 1780 Young David Fernley wants so much more from life than what is expected of him which is be a family farmhand in Yorkshire.All he has ever encountered is hardship but with passion for the sea running through his veins, his want to provide the very best for his young partner who he has rescued from an abusive Step Father and pure ambition and vision he chases his dream job of joining the potentially lucrative arctic whaling fleet of Whitby, Yorkshire. Renowned for the extreme danger the fisherman put themselves in sailing the harsh, choppy, icy, arctic seas he ignores the pleas from family members and joins up and is soon recognised for his natural talent, physical strength and fearless nature. At home he has left behind his childhood sweetheart Ruth who is extremely proud of her Husband but as David climbs the ranks spending several months away at sea at a time and becoming increasingly successful she ruthlessly strives for more and more taking a firm hand in the business and its finances, making important decisions, socially networking and commissioning new ship builds but ultimately stopping at nothing to do what it takes to get what she wants as the greed to be ever more successful consumes her life creating issues with David and putting her marriage under strain and at risk. Now David hardly recognises the vulnerable, timid and innocent girl he married.Under pressure as his feelings alter he becomes more drawn to the sweet gentle natured Jenny one of his best friends wives who he shares a special bond with after she nursed him through an accident and more and more he realises when the ship returns to the docks it is her waving her red shawl he is really looking for. But an extremely tragic accident at sea and the discovery of some harrowing secrets of events that have gone on whilst David was away will change their lives forever. I stumbled across this author by accident when looking on a book selling site and decided to start at the beginning and I am so glad I did. I adore historical saga books especially if they contain anything related the coast, sea and jobs that it provide and the local connection attracted me straight away. I visited close to Whitby whilst reading this and it added to the whole experience so much I could visualise it. The story moves so effortlessly with great pace, I love the time period and small nuggets of information injected in so you learn without realising, the gritty action at sea, hardships and the different corrupt and confused love stories and drama. I am going to continue with the series and I'm excited to see where the story goes next. A fully deserved 5 stars from me.
One of the books I enjoyed most. Read several times.