Can love, when it arrives, teach her not to fear the world beyond the dwelling place? Catherine Cookson was the original and bestselling saga. This week, I tackle the seemingly endless and screamingly worst of all the Cookson adaptations I have seen, The Dwelling Place. Brief note. Find Catherine Cookson’s The Dwelling Place at Movies & TV, home of thousands of titles on DVD and Blu-ray.

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Cissie comes to the rescue after she hears Joe screaming. A lovely story, not too taxing on the brain, set in the mid’s. This didn’t work out, as the boys were regularly physically abused. Clive proved to be reliable and loving. See all 3 questions about The Dwelling Place…. Clive is furious with his father and is determined that Cissie should have her son back. Matthew then needed to find caatherine job for William.

He never shows anything but concern for her so his change doesn’t transition well except to create a case for Cissie wanting her rapist. Matthew wasn’t so keen but realized that in order to help Cissie and her family survive, he needed to pledge himself to Rose, so that her father would agree to take William on as an apprentice at his flour mill.

The ending and the relationships between Cissie and everyone else, but especially the conclusion is brutal.

But Cissie will hear nothing of her siblings going “into the Poor Law” — obviously horrific. Sep 13, Shannon rated it did not like it. A fight ensues, the milk is spilt and Cissie finds herself on her back on the ground. Books by Catherine Cookson.


In industrial Tyneside during World War I, life for the McQueen family is turned upside down when daughter Bridget comes home with a black husband.

It takes a while for Matthew to find out what happened and he is very upset. It’s touching and very interesting plot wise. In this book Cissie Brodie at the age of fifteen is left to care for her numerous siblings when her parents die.

Bella Brodie 3 episodes, Luke Conway The dwelling scene in the book was the birth of Cissie’s son, Richard. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. This is one of my all time favourite reads. Some of CC characters are so evi THis one was very strange. Cissie is raped by aristocrat Clive Fischel Edward Rowie-Hicks and ends up having a child that she must fight to keep against the child’s biological grandfather, Lord Fischel Dwellkng Fox.

The Dwelling Place

Cissy is determined to keep the family together and so, sets out to create a “dwelling place” from a cave on the fells. Clive buys a house for Cissie and says he will settle a monthly sum on her and she olace live in the house with Richard.

She finds a barren place to live and care for I think Cissie did not really love him, but it was her teenage first romantic touch, and the situation they were in. Cookson creates powerfully touching novels of love and overcoming the odds, two things cooksln I greatly enjoy reading about.

The Dwelling Place Book Summary and Study Guide

Eight or so months later, Lord Fischel cathherine Isabelle pass Cissie in their carriage and Lord Fischel sees that she is pregnant. Search for ” The Dwelling Place ” on Amazon. To view it, click here. Lord Fischel witnesses the scene and is absolutely appalled at his offspring’s behavior.


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Open Preview See a Problem? To clear few basic facts: This is definitely for adults, because there is a cathernie and traumatic rape but I didn’t even realize it was a rape until there were hints and I had to go back and re-read it; the scene itself isn’t graphic central to the plot.

Apr 24, Vellini rated it it was amazing.

This daelling is angst driven, and tells of the sacrifices and struggle to keep her family together. Clive goes out in search of Cissie. The placr of the common people in that part of England during that era is fun to read. Was this review helpful to you? She finds a barren place to live and care for her younger brothers and sisters with the help of Matthew, a local carpenter, but her life becomes complicated when the aristocratic Fischel family take an unwelcome interest.

On their way home, they come across Isabelle and Clive on horseback and both parties refuse to give way on the path. Cissie explains how she had to give up her baby to save Bella. I recommend it to those who LOVE historical fiction and perhaps those who like not having the difficulty of something like Jane Austen.

I could relate to the reader who gave it 4 stars because it’s so engrossing, but ultimately it’s so appalling that I can’t in good conscience recommend it to anybody unless they like the “survival on the fells” sort of plot enough to endure the icky stuff.