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As usual Hardy describes everything in meticulous detail. I know some 21st century readers hate this but I enjoy his style and really feel like I am there with him and his characters.
This is a nice little love story without much of the painful stuff that happens to some of his characters (Tess in particular) - although, of course, love in a Hardy book never treads a clear path.
Unlike some readers, I can't claim this as my favourite Hardy novel but towards the end, I began to like the characters a lot more and enjoy the tale.
This Kindle edition isn't flawless but it is perfectly acceptable, especially since it is free.
The story centres around Cytherea her brother Owen, a would be swain Edward and another would be swain, the newly appointed Steward to Miss Aldclyffe who Cytherea works for in the capacity of a 'Ladies Companion'. This Lady has the same christian name as our heroine coincidentally or is it coincidence?
Cytherea enjoys her work with Miss Aldclyffe at the house but still lingers after Edward who she has recently discovered has trifled with her emotions by omitting to tell her that he was engaged to be married. Miss Aldclyffe has a dread secret of her own but we will not discover this until the end of the book. However, she is very keen to see that the Steward a man by the name of Mantson should be married to Cytherea and does all she can to maneouvere them into such a situation that eventually they do marry.
However, on the evening of their departure for the seaside by way of a honeymoon certain facts come to light that suggest that Manston's first wife is in fact still alive so begins a race by Owen and Edward to 'save' Cytherea from shame. Edward is the first to arrive and enlightens the poor maiden with the news but she will not hear it from it, she will only hear it from her Brother who is on his way to tell her the tidings. On hearing that this is the truth poor Cytherea becomes ill. However, she recovers and returns to live quietly with her brother back in their old cottage in the village.
Meanwhile Manston has devised a dastardly scheme to win Cytherea back. Will this man stop at nothing and just what is Cytherea Aldclyffe's awful secret?
This is Hardy's first book and I thoroughly recommend it to all Hardy fans and even non Hardy fans. It does take a time to get going but that is the way Hardy writes. The conclusion to the book is thrilling though and even rather chilling.
of the 19th century in the West Country. A certain innocence pervades throughout, which for me is enchanting.
I first read this book in my teens, I am now nearly 70, and it still holds my interest totally. A book I am unable to put down until
it is finished.
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