The Breadwinners (a family saga of love, lust and revenge)

By Jan Hurst-Nicholson

Historical fiction | Paperback, eBook


A spurned lover marries for money and ignites a family feud of passion and revenge that spans three generations. It is New Year’s Eve 1924 and Charles McGill is devastated when the woman he loves announces her engagement to Lucas Connelly, his friend and co-worker. Charles drowns his sorrow in drink and seduces Hilde Richter, the daughter of a wealthy businessman. When Hilde finds she is pregnant her father offers to set up the penniless Charles with his own bakery if he will marry her. Charles readily agrees and, unknown to Hilde, the two men draw up a contract. It is the beginning of a bitter rivalry between Charles, Lucas Connelly, and Miles Davenport their former employer. A rivalry that fractures families, tests love and loyalty, and comes at a cost that Charles could never have imagined. The Breadwinners covers six decades and leads us through the successes and failures of the three families as they survive the great depression, the war years and the isolation of South Africa.


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A spurned lover marries for money and ignites a family feud of passion and revenge that spans three generations. It is New Year’s Eve 1924 and Charles McGill is devastated when the woman he loves announces her engagement to Lucas Connelly, his friend and co-worker. Charles drowns his sorrow in drink and seduces Hilde Richter, the daughter of a wealthy businessman. When Hilde finds she is pregnant her father offers to set up the penniless Charles with his own bakery if he will marry her. Charles readily agrees and, unknown to Hilde, the two men draw up a contract. It is the beginning of a bitter rivalry between Charles, Lucas Connelly, and Miles Davenport their former employer. A rivalry that fractures families, tests love and loyalty, and comes at a cost that Charles could never ha...


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Jan Hurst-Nicholson has written for South African magazines for several years, much of it compiled into ‘Something to Read on the Plane’. Her humorous novel on adapting from Liverpool to Durban, ‘But Can You Drink The Water?’ has been joined by award-winning ‘Leon Chameleon: PI’ children's books, YA ‘Mystery At Ocean Drive’, and the family saga ‘The Breadwinners’, as well as ‘With the Headmaster’s Approval’ and many other books from Penguin and Cambridge University Press. Jan's writing also appears in Edge Words (stories from the Cheshire Prize for Literature), Chicken Soup, and Summer Shorts. She lives in Durban with two dogs that are forever on the wrong side of the door, an elderly cat, and the occasional visiting troop of boisterous vervet monkeys. See more about Jan and her many books at www.just4kix.jimdo.com.


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Jan Hurst-Nicholson has written for South African magazines for several years, much of it compiled into ‘Something to Read on the Plane’. Her humorous novel on adapting from Liverpool to Durban, ‘But Can You Drink The Water?’ has been joined by award-winning ‘Leon Chameleon: PI’ children's books, YA ‘Mystery At Ocean Drive’, and the family saga ‘The Breadwinners’, as well as ‘With the Headmaste...


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