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Surviving Meoncroft

Surviving Meoncroft [Kindle Edition]

P Harvey-Ralph
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Growing up on Meoncroft, the respected farming estate in the quiet Hampshire countryside, life should have been simple for a farmer's daughter.
Faced with tragedy at a young age, Lily sees her world change forever, against the backdrop of an estate that does not know it's place in the changing times of the late twentieth century.
Over time, Lily learns reluctantly, that Meoncroft demands a selfish devotion from its guardian and ultimately, with the fate of the estate in her hands, she must make the choice of what is important in life.
Written autobiograhically from Lily's viewpoint, the story pays homage to a way of life now gone, but brings to life the ghosts of an era through her eyes.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 529 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009P2GX7I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #955,429 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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P Harvey-Ralph is a native of Hampshire, England and has worked primarily in the fields of Hospitality and Catering through his career. His first novel 'Surviving Meoncroft' is a culmination of 12 years dedication. It was inspired by the stories of his mother who grew up on the estate which has been the basis of the fictional 'Meoncroft', and also his own life.

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5.0 out of 5 stars survivingmeoncroft 14 Dec 2012
By pickles
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I realy enjoyed reading this book couldnt put it down .I do hope there is a follow up as i want to know if they have a family of their own and what happens to farm and the school. the book was brillant read .Well done .
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4.0 out of 5 stars What happened next, I'd like to know! 16 Nov 2012
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The title drew me to the book, as I live close to the area depicted. I soon became engaged with the characters, particularly Lily, who seemed to have all the bad luck in the world heaped on her young shoulders. She could easily have become a martyr or saint, but luckily the author gave her flaws and strengths of character that saved her from that fate, and she was endearingly human. Maybe the other main characters were rather black or white, good or bad at times, and often carried out these roles as expected, but they were believable as types that inhabit every area of life, and even the most unpleasant had some redeeming spark, however tiny, so they weren't complete caricatures of pantomime villains.

I found the writing rather stilted at times, and the conversations not always convincing, and I winced at some of the grammar, punctuation and occasional spelling errors. On the other hand, the descriptions of Hampshire and Ireland were spot on, and I could see them in my mind's eye to perfection. I felt as if I knew each and every house and cottage, and the atmosphere inside. The relationships between the main characters were also convincing on the whole, as were their interactions with the places they inhabited.

I was left wanting to know what happened to Lily, Josh, Ben and the rest. Did the school succeed? Did Grace's make money? Did Edward get over his disappointment? In short, what happened next? Please tell!
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4.0 out of 5 stars a good read 15 Nov 2012
By bazue
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The characters and setting drew me into the book from the start as the story was believable.I thought the dialogue was realistic and the biographical style suited the story.A sequel recounting the next generation would be a possibility.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must book to be on your to read books list. 28 Oct 2012
By Sandy
A thoroughly good written novel I could not put it downn I love reading and this novel kept me engrossed to know what was going to happen next, i was not dissapointed, it kept me guessing right until the end, the people are ones you can relate to you, it is so true to real life, and everthing is so fine detailed you get so engrossed you feel like you are actually in with the characters. I was quite sad when I finished this novel I have so enjoyed it.
I am waiting and hoping there is a sequel!!!!!.
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