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The Daughters Of The House [Kindle Edition]

Nicola Thorne
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It is May 1851 and the opening day of the Great Exhibition at Paxton’s magnificent Crystal Palace in London’s Hyde Park. Rich and poor have flocked there – to see the Palace, to see the Duke of Wellington, to see the Queen ...

George Vestrey, Tory Member of Parliament, wealthy doyen of the Victorian ruling class, is there with his family. But secure and safe though the titled Vestreys may seem, the family is about to be torn apart.

The eldest Vestrey girls, the daughters of the house, epitomize the many changes that are happening to society in England. Pretty, flirtatious Emily will join the Royal Household as a maid-of-honour to Queen Victoria; rebel Jane models for the Pre-Raphaelites, and to the horror of her family begins an affair with a dangerous Revolutionary who introduces her to the exiled Karl Marx; Caroline, outwardly the most conventional, will tear herself painfully from caring for a sickly mother to join Florence Nightingale as a nurse in the Crimean War. Her soldier brothers also go to the war, and she and Emily vie with each other for the affections of the same man. But on this day in 1851, none of them knows the future.

The Daughters of the House is a story of love and change – of a family whose conflicts in peace and war mirror the conflicts of Victorian society and of England itself. In its portrayal of a family and the aspirations of the three eldest daughters, spirited young women yearning to free themselves from social conventions, this powerful novel illuminates our past, and the way in which the past has shaped our present.

About the Author

Nicola Thorne perceptive storytelling skills have won her an army of fans. She is the author of a number of well-known novels which include ‘Champagne Gold’, ‘Trophy Wife’, ‘Worlds Apart’ and ‘‘Old Money’. Born in South Africa, she was convent educated and completed her studies at the LSE. She now lives in Dorset.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 611 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009SO0KIG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Nicola Thorne was born in South Africa and, after a spell in New Zealand with her mother who was born in Wellington, came to England as a child where her parents finally separated. She spent her youth in the North of England, where she was educated first at a convent school and then a co-educational school. After completing her education at the London School of Economics she then spent most of her adult life in London. She has made a long career as a writer and is the author of over fifty novels. For a number of years Nicola has been among the top most borrowed authors from public libraries in the UK (PLR statistics) and many of her books have been published in foreign languages apart from English. After fifteen years spent in Dorset, she now lives in Devon.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read 10 Sep 2013
By Hazel E
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This book gives a fascinating insight into life in Victorian times, seen through the eyes of an aristocratic family, taking in famous characters from history
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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This is not only the story about three beautiful daughters from an aristocratic family in Victorian England, but a detailed and well documented insight into a changeing family in a changeing society.

Starting with The Great Exhibition in London in 1851, we follow the three daughters of the Vestrey household as they choose entirely different paths in life. One of the girls rises to the ranks of the Royal Household, another one models for the Pre-Raphaelites and defy her family in a dangerous affair.

But perhaps the most interesting one of the three sisters, is Caroline, who joins Florence Nightingale as a nurse in The Crimean War. In fact, the book tells a lot about both Florence Nightingale as a person and her extraordinary work laying the ground rules for warfield hospitals, rules which are as up to date and useful today. Actually, as late as in the Iraqi war, the American health force used Florence Nightingale's basic rules as their main guidelines for setting up an American war hospital.

As i have before written in my review of "Never Such Innocence", the first in a saga of four books about the Askham family, Nicola Thorne has this fantastic ability to write both entertaining and highly interesting and educational books. In this book, in addition to the personal stories of the main characters, the reader gets a wide insight into the political situation in Europe and the background for The Crimean war, as well as social life in England at this particular time.

Nicola Thorne is a highly intelligent and knowledgeable lady and a remarkably gifted storyteller. To be entertained and taught at the same time is a most wonderful experience.
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3.0 out of 5 stars went on too long 16 July 2013
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I got a bit tired of the story after a while, so I was a bit disappointed with this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not only romance but valuable insight into English history! 16 Sep 2007
By Sissel M. Østdahl - Published on Amazon.com
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This is not only the story about three daughters from an aristocratic family in Victorian England, but a detailed and well documented insight into a changing family in a changing society as well as valuable insight into English history.

Starting with The Great Exhibition in London in 1851, we follow the three daughters of the Vestrey household as they choose entirely different paths in life. One of the girls rises to the ranks of the Royal Household, another models for the Pre-Raphaelites and defy her family in a dangerous affair.

But perhaps the most interesing of the three is Caroline, who joins Florence Nightingale as a nurse in The Crimean War. In fact, the book tells a lot about Florence Nightingale as a person and her extraordinary work laying the ground rules for warfield hospitals, rules which are as up to date and useful today. Actually, as late as in the Iraqui war, the American health force used Florence Nightingales's basic rules as their main guidelines for setting up an American war hospital.

Nicola Thorne has a fantastic ability to write both entertaining and highly interesting and educational books. In this book, in addition to the personal stories of the main characters, the reader gets a wide insight into the political situation in Europe and the background for The Crimean War, as well as social life in England at this particular time.

Nicola Thorne is a highly intelligent and knowledgeable lady and a remarkably gifted storyteller. (She was born in South Africa, educated at London School of Economics and is now living in England.) To be entertained and taught at the same time is a most wonderful experience. At the back of the book there is an extensive list of literature referring to people and events in this novel - and I have personally been most keen to read more about Florence Nightingale.

I would like to give this book my warmest recommendations, as well as all Nicola Thorne's books, both in older and contemporary settings. There are lots of contemporary novels, preferred by many readers.

Due to a car accident, Ms Thorne is no longer able to write a new fictional book, but she has given us an extensive production to choose from. I urge new readers to get to know her, and "Daughters of The House" is a brilliant book to start with.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Long, but good 23 Mar 2013
By ssanderson - Published on Amazon.com
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This story was set in 19th century England, which is, in itself, one of my favorite periods to read about. Real historical figures, such as Marx and Florence Nightingale, were included in the story. The characters were well drawn and not 'one dimensional.' I would give it 5 stars, but it was a little long,in my opinion. Well worth reading, though!
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