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The Fountain Paperback – 26 Jul 2010

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby; First Thus edition (26 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749008628
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749008628
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'DELIGHTFUL - AN ENCHANTING STORY' Judith Lennox

About the Author

Born in Singapore, Mary Nichols spent most of her life in East Anglia. She wrote short stories and articles for a variety of newspapers and magazines, but later turned to writing novels. Mary died in 2016.


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Having read 'The summer house' by the same author I thought I was in for just as much of a treat. However, I found it a bit disappointing. This is about an unsuccessful marriage and an affair which produces a love-child who the main character passes off as her husband's-not a very original idea. What did come across quite well was the place of women in the home/in marriage/in society for the period in which it is set. I did feel that I wanted to shake the main character for her 'put up and shut up' acceptance of her husband's deceits, both in business and in his affairs. Her own lover didn't seem to make much effort to change her lot either! All in all it was a fairly gentle, domestic kind of read but not with a great deal of page-turning excitement.
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I was very disappointed with this book. I read The Summer House and enjoyed that and hoped this would be of similar calibre. I found it pedestrian and dull and forced myself to read it to the end. I felt let down and annoyed that I had bothered to pre-order it.
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By Jo D'Arcy VINE VOICE on 22 Nov. 2010
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I come to this book having never read any of Mary Nichols previous novels. So I have had no preconceived ideas as to what to expect.

What I got was a very enjoyable novel, which was easy to consume but I cannot fit into the correct genre. It is not really a family saga in the 'aga saga' category although it is based around a family. It certainly is not 'chick-lit' but I think would be enjoyed more by women than men. It is sort of romance fiction but then it is not. It is just simply a story and once I had stopped trying to pigeonhole the book I enjoyed it.

The book focuses on two main characters. Barbara who as a student in the Nineteen Twenties has the world at her feet but she is slowly swept off of them by George. Barbara throws away all her ambitions, her dreams and goals and to some extent her own existence and becomes George's wife. Mary Nichols does a good job in showing the domestic side to that era, and where a women's place should be and what they should do and how they should behave.
For the men though, it was a different existence. George has ambition and what he wants he gets. However it needs to be done and 'oiling wheels' where necessary this is his greatest strength and also his greatest weakness and you know as a reader we will see his empire build but also burn. What a lot of clichés! But this is how Nichols portrays this character and whilst she shows us Barbara's role she makes it quite clear that she is just another part of George's empire and property.

There are contrasting characters to show how life could have been for both Barbara and George but in my opinion none of them are worth a specific mention as they are not strong enough.
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I tried really hard to persevere with this book, as I realised after the first couple of chapters it wasn't what I had hoped. I read almost half then just had to stop. That's several hours of my life that I'll never get back :-/
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By Jude Faulkner TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 19 July 2013
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I read this book having no knowledge of the authour or her previous writins. I thought it was a well crafted, well laid out novel. Another reviewer berates the book for the lead character, Barbara, being totally cowed down and not doing anything about her bad marriage, but that is wrong. At the time (post 1914 war up to the late 1930's) women WERE stuck in loveless marriages, unable to do anything without their husbands permission and would have stuck with awful marriages as divorce was both long winded, very costly and resulted in social exclusion. The book tells the story correctly for the time it's set. There's also not a lot of the sex some modern books have and that's to the betterment of this book, choosing to concentrate on the story rather than titillation. Very enjoyable read and a nice long book.
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