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‘The Power Of Dreams’ By Rosie Harris

Minutes stretched like elastic into hours as they went on waiting. Her body was chilled through, her feet became numb, yet the flicker of hope refused to be douched….

Each time the cage came juddering up from the dark abyss, screeching to a stop as it reached ground level, her heart raced. As coal-grimed figures staggered out of it, coughing and spluttering and gasping for fresh air, she craned her neck to see over the heads of those in front of her, ears straining as names were called out in greeting….

Forty men were brought to the surface, yet still the name Bryn Roberts had not been called out. None of the survivors even worked alongside her dada….

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by … Jenn at ‘Books And A Beat’

Anyone can take part, by just doing the following:

Grab your current read.

Open to a random page.

  1. Share a couple of  “teaser” sentences, from somewhere on that page.
  2. Be careful not to share “spoiler” sentences.
  3. Remember to share the title and author too.
  4. Head on over to ‘A Daily Rhythm’ and leave a link to your post, so that others can share it and you can share other people’s.

It would be great if you then decided to leave a comment for Jenn, as we all like to receive them and are interested in sharing your thoughts.


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  • These words do a good job of conveying her fear and anguish. Mining is such a dangerous job and I can’t imagine the feeling of having a loved one trapped inside the earth!

    You won’t be surprised to know my contribution this time comes from Blood Rose Angel by Liza Perrat (book 3).

    (39%) “The smell of Death lingering on my skin, I was suffocating in that cramped, smoky air, breathing only the smell of all of us, imagining it soon mingled with our own deathly stenches.”

    • Hi Kelly,

      There have been so many coal mining disasters over the decades, that I wonder why anyone should mourn the demise of the mining industry in the UK.

      However for the countless generations of families who worked the lengthy shifts in such terrible conditions, predominantly in Wales and the North of England, I imagine it was so much a way of life, that the dangers and accidents were simply collateral damage!

      This one is shaping up to be a good Welsh saga 🙂
      Each time you feature one of the Lisa Perrat books, I am itching to get started on the series.

      There are such a growing number of authors who are concentrating on writing excellent descriptive narrative and I for one, am loving it, even if it means that books are becoming slightly longer and I have to actually want to sit and read each and every word!

      I can actually relate to ‘The smell of death lingering on my skin’, but best not to go into that right here and now!

      Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      The job in itself has so many dangers even when things are going well, not the least of which are the long-term health issues of the miners. However, add into the equation, the instability of the earth itself and the accident ratio increases dramatically.

      Even as recently as my own childhood, it was nothing for us to witness news reports, showing the elderly, women and children, stood at the pit head waiting for news of their loved ones, following the news of an accident below ground.

      I say that I wouldn’t have been able to cope with the daily stress of sending my husband off to work, not knowing if I was ever going to see him again. How easy to be in that privileged a position though, when in many communities, mining was the only employment opportunity available!

      Thanks for taking the time to visit, I always look forward to reading your comments 🙂

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