The Golden Road
By Marina Oliver
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Published: July 21, 2011
Words: 122,463 (approximate)
When her stepfather dies, Josie and her mother Dora have to face being poor. Her stepbrother Leo, owner of a jewellery factory, gives Josie a job. He introduces her to Motor Rallying, but when Josie is accused of theft she leaves. Unable to find a job, rejected by her aunt Phoebe, Josie and Dora are forced to live in a slum. Her dream of competing the Monte Carlo Rally seems hopeless.
When Josie Shaw's stepfather George dies, and she and her mother Dora are left with nothing but debts. Dora wants Josie to make a good marriage. Josie, however, is strong and independent. She wants a career. Though Dora rejected George's son Leo, who was brought up by his aunt and uncle, Leo offers Josie a job as a secretary in his Birmingham jewellery factory.
Together with her cousin Lizzie, Josie becomes fascinated by the motoring rallies popular in the 1930s, and longs to compete in the Monte Carlo Rally. Then a chain of disasters strike, and she has no job, no home, and little hope of a bright future.
The contrasts of the Birmingham slums, the glamorous world of jewels, fast motor cars and the ultimate test of stamina in the Monte Carlo Rally make this an absorbing read.
, english midlands
, motor rallies
, monte carlo rally
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