Simon & Schuster, Feb 2001, 24.00, 288 pp.
In the early twentieth century in the English countryside, Annie Hannigan knows regardless of what happens in her life, she will never forget her impoverish early childhood. Her mother Kate, now married and respectable, was not so when Annie was illegitimately born in the worst of the slums.
Life is materially better due mostly because of Kate's caring spouse. When Terence Macbane begins to court Annie, she feels that life cannot get better. However, in her new Eden lies a snake, her bitterest rival Cathleen Davidson, who will do anything to keep the loving duo apart and seems to be succeeding. Only Annie can save her budding relationship if she is willing to fight for it.
Incredible as it seems, KATE HANNIGAN'S GIRL is the hundredth novel by the late great Catherine Cookson. The story line provides insight into a bygone era, but not as deep or thorourghly as some of the wonderful Ms. Cookson's previous books. Though entertaining to the author's fans and those readers who relish a period piece, anyone new to this great writer should visit the library where bookshelves are dedicated to her fabulous creations for a better taste of Ms. Cookson's early twentieth century novels.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner