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5.0 out of 5 stars Not only romance but valuable insight into English history!
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...
Published on 6 Oct. 2006 by Sissel M. Østdahl

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3.0 out of 5 stars went on too long
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 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not only romance but valuable insight into English history!, 6 Oct. 2006
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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. There is an extensive list of literature referring to people and events in the book and I have, personally, been most keen to read more about Florence Nightingale.

I would like to give this book my warmest recommendation, as well as all Nicola Thorne's books, both in older and contemporary settings. Due to a car accident, Miss Thorne is no longer able to write a new fiction book, but she has given us an extensive production to choose from. I urge new readers to get to know her, and "The Daughters of The House" is a brilliant book to start with.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read, 10 Sept. 2013
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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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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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