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After a family tragedy, Beth Tewke and her mother go to live with quick-tempered Grandfather Tewke. Beth soons shows her grandfather that she is a strong-willed young woman with clear ideas about her future. Her choices have far-reaching consequences, as she experiences happiness and heartbreak, triumph and sorrow. A heartwarming tale of everyday country life in an Englis After a family tragedy, Beth Tewke and her mother go to live with quick-tempered Grandfather Tewke. Beth soons shows her grandfather that she is a strong-willed young woman with clear ideas about her future. Her choices have far-reaching consequences, as she experiences happiness and heartbreak, triumph and sorrow. A heartwarming tale of everyday country life in an English town at the turn of the nineteenth century. Mary E Pearce paints a loving but authentic picture of the people and places of a bygone era. The first title in the five book Apple Tree Saga.


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After a family tragedy, Beth Tewke and her mother go to live with quick-tempered Grandfather Tewke. Beth soons shows her grandfather that she is a strong-willed young woman with clear ideas about her future. Her choices have far-reaching consequences, as she experiences happiness and heartbreak, triumph and sorrow. A heartwarming tale of everyday country life in an Englis After a family tragedy, Beth Tewke and her mother go to live with quick-tempered Grandfather Tewke. Beth soons shows her grandfather that she is a strong-willed young woman with clear ideas about her future. Her choices have far-reaching consequences, as she experiences happiness and heartbreak, triumph and sorrow. A heartwarming tale of everyday country life in an English town at the turn of the nineteenth century. Mary E Pearce paints a loving but authentic picture of the people and places of a bygone era. The first title in the five book Apple Tree Saga.

30 review for Apple Tree Lean Down

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chrisl

    One of those oldies but goodies that I read when it was new. It left a good feeling and the memory of some interesting characters. KIRKUS REVIEW This pleasant four generational saga is a thatch or two removed from Delderfield's more affluent squire-and-yeomen milieu and mainly concerns toiling farmers and artisans in the decades before the close of WW I. Prime movers are a handful of interrelated, tough-minded go-getters who are, with the exception of ""Grumpa"" Tewkes (""cross as two sticks""), One of those oldies but goodies that I read when it was new. It left a good feeling and the memory of some interesting characters. KIRKUS REVIEW This pleasant four generational saga is a thatch or two removed from Delderfield's more affluent squire-and-yeomen milieu and mainly concerns toiling farmers and artisans in the decades before the close of WW I. Prime movers are a handful of interrelated, tough-minded go-getters who are, with the exception of ""Grumpa"" Tewkes (""cross as two sticks""), also capable of great tenderness and love. Tewkes may be the Napoleon of his carpenter shop, but he cannot control his granddaughter Beth nor prevent her from marrying the gentle shop goat, bumbling Jesse. Meanwhile down the road a piece, Jack, a crippled itinerant laborer, is on his way to becoming bailiff of fertile acres after reclaiming a decaying farm. It is Jack's daughter Linn who will comfort the last days of orphaned Tom, who has survived the war only to become blind and face a murder charge. Violent deaths, joyful marriages, and some grim battlefield scenes intervene, but the family events are supported throughout by the country matters the author knows so well--from pastures ""sweetening"" to cottages repaired with wattlework and hazel rod weave. God is an Englishman right enough, but this time walks behind the plough.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    Lovely book. It is fiction but very much in the same vein as Lark Rise. Set in a farming village in the 1890s, it mainly tells Beth's story of growing up and marrying and then having a family. They were hard times, the like of which we can hardly imagine. Destitution was always nearby, poverty stalked these hardy people, who could literally not afford to become ill as they could neither pay a doctor or take time off work. Lovely book. It is fiction but very much in the same vein as Lark Rise. Set in a farming village in the 1890s, it mainly tells Beth's story of growing up and marrying and then having a family. They were hard times, the like of which we can hardly imagine. Destitution was always nearby, poverty stalked these hardy people, who could literally not afford to become ill as they could neither pay a doctor or take time off work.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Katherine McKay Skipper

    This book. Where do I begin???? When I began this book I wasn’t sure what to expect but I anticipated that it would be similar to A Land Remembered because of it taking place over 100 years ago and the story being told with multiple generations. I loved the writing style, it was very easy to follow and I felt that Mary E. Pearce was never wanting this story to end and thank goodness there is a sequel!!! This book follows 2 different families that come together in the end. It follows Beth’s famil This book. Where do I begin???? When I began this book I wasn’t sure what to expect but I anticipated that it would be similar to A Land Remembered because of it taking place over 100 years ago and the story being told with multiple generations. I loved the writing style, it was very easy to follow and I felt that Mary E. Pearce was never wanting this story to end and thank goodness there is a sequel!!! This book follows 2 different families that come together in the end. It follows Beth’s family until she marries Jesse Izzard and it follows Jack Mercybright until he gets married. It follows the ups and downs of marriage, love, friendships and life. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ this book definitely gives you the feels and it is full of mixed emotions about so many things! I highly recommend it!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Hilary

    This is an English pastoral novel that spans (roughly) the years 1875-1918. It covers a lot of historical territory and three generations of English farmers near the Welsh border. I found the story riveting, the characterization excellent, and the author's historical sense quite remarkable. Pearce had a wonderful grasp of how world events and economic trends have an impact on the lives of ordinary people. She also understood the basics of human psychology--what allows some to survive hardships w This is an English pastoral novel that spans (roughly) the years 1875-1918. It covers a lot of historical territory and three generations of English farmers near the Welsh border. I found the story riveting, the characterization excellent, and the author's historical sense quite remarkable. Pearce had a wonderful grasp of how world events and economic trends have an impact on the lives of ordinary people. She also understood the basics of human psychology--what allows some to survive hardships with equanimity, and others to fester and become bitter. The conflicts in this book are true to life and full of insights.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Data

    Well, I forgot how much I liked this book. It's story of everyday England at the turn of the century, and into WWI. We can delve deep into the characters, laugh and cry with them, and rail at the stupidity of war. There are so many everyday words in the English language that have fallen into disuse, because we simply don't do those things any more, and don't need a word for them. This book is a great reminder and source of nostalgia for me. Well, I forgot how much I liked this book. It's story of everyday England at the turn of the century, and into WWI. We can delve deep into the characters, laugh and cry with them, and rail at the stupidity of war. There are so many everyday words in the English language that have fallen into disuse, because we simply don't do those things any more, and don't need a word for them. This book is a great reminder and source of nostalgia for me.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    I really enjoyed this book. It was a little hard to get into at first, but once I did it was very ejoyable. It was really two stories in one, and at the end the two blended together. I love reading about the olden days, simpler times. Makes me wonder if I could have existed then. I could not put it down towards the end of the book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Big silly soap opera of a novel, along the lines of The Thorn Birds but not as well-written. I will say that the section in which a couple of the characters go to fight in World War I is exceptional and one of the best depictions of that experience I've ever read. Big silly soap opera of a novel, along the lines of The Thorn Birds but not as well-written. I will say that the section in which a couple of the characters go to fight in World War I is exceptional and one of the best depictions of that experience I've ever read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    This book was great historical fiction. While it pulled you in and made you love the characters, it also gave a glimpse of life in the late 1890's, early 1900's. The description of the WWI experience was very vivid-to the point that I actually skipped some of it, but I felt like it was very realistic based on history's account. I was sad when the book ended. I wanted to keep hearing about the families and their experiences. This book was great historical fiction. While it pulled you in and made you love the characters, it also gave a glimpse of life in the late 1890's, early 1900's. The description of the WWI experience was very vivid-to the point that I actually skipped some of it, but I felt like it was very realistic based on history's account. I was sad when the book ended. I wanted to keep hearing about the families and their experiences.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Joy

    Wonderful novel of strong women who loved flawed men and helped those men to successful lives. The courtships centered on the women and their thoughts; the marriages centered on the lives of the men (who continued to love and appreciate the women). Wise advice of one of the men: "She won't change so the best thing is to take no notice." Wonderful novel of strong women who loved flawed men and helped those men to successful lives. The courtships centered on the women and their thoughts; the marriages centered on the lives of the men (who continued to love and appreciate the women). Wise advice of one of the men: "She won't change so the best thing is to take no notice."

  10. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    Usually books pick up speed the more I read of them but this was just the opposite. This book started off interesting and I was zooming through it. But the more I read, the more disinterested I became and had to just skim through the last of it. Especially after the author started making subtle political insinuations about marriage and divorce.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Carmen something

    Easily one of the first 'big books' I ever read--I stole it from my grandmother's book shelf. And then on to Gone With the Wind. Ew. Good thing I learned to pick 'em better as I got older. Easily one of the first 'big books' I ever read--I stole it from my grandmother's book shelf. And then on to Gone With the Wind. Ew. Good thing I learned to pick 'em better as I got older.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Anne

    The entire time I read this I kept wondering why it was called Apple Tree Lean Down ... the namesake of the book doesn't arrive until very towards the end, and doesn't exactly hold such an important part. Other than that though, I did enjoy it. I just had to repeatedly remind myself that this was taking place in England and not in the Prairie land such as Laura Ingalls Wilder's books!! The entire time I read this I kept wondering why it was called Apple Tree Lean Down ... the namesake of the book doesn't arrive until very towards the end, and doesn't exactly hold such an important part. Other than that though, I did enjoy it. I just had to repeatedly remind myself that this was taking place in England and not in the Prairie land such as Laura Ingalls Wilder's books!!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Melody

    My mom gave me this book when I was a teenager. It's a romance of the sort she favors- spanning generations of Brits. I loved it passionately in my youth and haven't read it in a very long time. There's one line in it that I loved especially, something about warm rains soft fields and a man sowing seed... My mom gave me this book when I was a teenager. It's a romance of the sort she favors- spanning generations of Brits. I loved it passionately in my youth and haven't read it in a very long time. There's one line in it that I loved especially, something about warm rains soft fields and a man sowing seed...

  14. 5 out of 5

    Carlie

    I tried. I really did. It sounded good. I had a great title....and it just didn't work for me. I read the first chapter or two and couldn't enjoy it and found I was squinting as I read and forcing myself to keep it up. No good. They can't all be winners. I quit. I tried. I really did. It sounded good. I had a great title....and it just didn't work for me. I read the first chapter or two and couldn't enjoy it and found I was squinting as I read and forcing myself to keep it up. No good. They can't all be winners. I quit.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    LOVED this book about country life in England between 1886 and 1920!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mari-Elaine

    I read this a long time ago, I think it was in '78 or so. I did enjoy it, so much so that I went ahead & bought the other 2 books in the trilogy, Jack Mercybright & The Sorrowing Wind. I read this a long time ago, I think it was in '78 or so. I did enjoy it, so much so that I went ahead & bought the other 2 books in the trilogy, Jack Mercybright & The Sorrowing Wind.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Joanne Holmes

    Not my favorite book and maybe that is because it took me so long to get into it. It has three stories. They finally come together in the end.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Marjean

    This book is full of living and dying. These are the people Jane Austin didn't write about living near London and experiencing lots of life. I was engrossed in their world while I read. This book is full of living and dying. These are the people Jane Austin didn't write about living near London and experiencing lots of life. I was engrossed in their world while I read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    currently re-reading for the fourth (?) time

  20. 5 out of 5

    Julie

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Johnson

  22. 5 out of 5

    bob greenan

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ann Mooney

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay Eaton

  25. 5 out of 5

    linda farley

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nathan Mott

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sharyn Ward

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lesley Gibbs

  29. 5 out of 5

    christine francis

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Cumming

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