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The Green Ribbons by [Flynn, Clare]
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4.4 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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"The story is gritty and realistic and captured me within the first ten minutes and kept its hold throughout." - Diana Milne, The Review

About the Author

Clare Flynn writes historical fiction with a strong sense of time and place and compelling characters. Her books often deal with characters who are displaced - forced out of their comfortable lives and familiar surroundings. She is a graduate of Manchester University where she read English Language and Literature. After a career in international marketing, working on brands from nappies to tinned tuna and living in Paris, Milan, Brussels and Sydney, she ran her own consulting business for 15 years and now lives in Eastbourne where she writes full-time – and can look out of her window and see the sea. When not writing and reading, Clare loves to paint with watercolours and grabs any available opportunity to travel - sometimes under the guise of research.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2455 KB
  • Print Length: 294 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Cranbrook Press (9 May 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01EVIFWP4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #47,445 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ah Clare, you have written yet another beautiful book, this time set in England at the turn of the century in a style reminiscent of the Brontes. I loved every minute of it and it is a book that I will be reading again and again. I urge readers who love this style of writing to read Claire's books as they are so realistic, evocative and moving. I shall be reading every book that this author writes, she is that good.
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I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for my review. What a pleasure to read, perfect for those long leisurely days on a sunbed, or any other opportunity to relax. Whenever I needed to put the book down it was easy to pick it up and continue reading without having to go back several pages to remind myself of the story and its players. Descriptions were mini stories themselves, pulling the reader into each scene and bringing each character to life. A story of a young girl's change in circumstances after the tragic loss of her parents, how she finds employment, avoids advances from her employer and finds love. Sounds predicable, not with the Clare Flynn writing this story. An unusual request with a surprising result together with and an unexpected twist in the final pages, a perfect easy-read. My only regret is the name of the main character - Helphzibar - despite her name appearing on practically every other page I still cannot pronounce it! I thoroughly recommend this book if you are looking for an enjoyable read.
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Hephzibah Wildman is 18 years old when suddenly she looses both parents in a tragic accident.
Left penniless when her step brother inherits everything, Hephzibah has no choice but to leave her home in Oxford and move to the small village Nettlestock to take up a post as a governess to the obnoxious Sir Richard Egdon. When she is not teaching Sir Egdon’s charge Ottilie, she finds that local vicar Merritt Nightingale is good company.
No long after she moves into Nettlestock, Hephzibah has a pair of green ribbons stolen from her bedroom at the Manor House. Quickly she realises who the culprit is but does not why they have stolen them from her.
“The Green Ribbons” is a gentle romance story set in a bygone era – a few twists and turns keep the story moving along. A pleasant story which was easy and enjoyable to read.
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The Green Ribbons is a well written piece of historical fiction set in the early 1900s in a village in Berkshire. A tale of love, hatred, betrayal and revenge, it's quite fast paced with a few twists and turns. The plot, in my opinion, does become a little contrived and predictable towards the end, maybe even a tad bizarre, and not always particularly believable. Some things just did not add up for me which I cannot dwell on here as it would spoil it for other readers.

There are some interesting characters. I particularly liked Hephzibah and was eager for her story to have a favourable outcome. I was rewarded with a happy (if a little rushed) ending. Hurrah!

The Green Ribbons is an easy, enjoyable and and entertaining read which I would recommend to those who like a good romantic saga set in a bygone era. I would rate it 3.5*.
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I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Which I shall endeavour to give!

"The Green Ribbons" is the latest book from Clare Flynn, some of whose work I have read before. Clare has a way of introducing her characters very succinctly. You quickly learn enough of their history and personality to make a decision about their probable place in the events about to be described - although they often have a skeleton or two hiding in the wardrobe to make matters more intriguing!

This book, as before, is populated by characters who are not "perfect" - whatever that means. They have good points (most of them) and bad, which makes them more believable as human beings. Like the rest of us they have problems to deal with in life, and joys and sorrows, and so many difficult decisions to make along the way. Of course, life is easier to manage if we always make the right choices . . . but not many of us even in the real world can claim to do that.

Hephzibah Wildman (a lovely old Biblical name, pronounced Heff-zee-bah, more or less) begins this story at a difficult time. At eighteen she has recently lost her mother and stepfather, and must soon leave her home and make her own way in the world. In these circumstances she doesn't have much control over her future - she must find a new home and a way of supporting herself, preferably both together. And so the decisions begin.

I don't believe in telling the whole story in a review, so I won't. "The Green Ribbons" is a book which takes Hephzibah through several years of her life, along paths she had never dreamed she would travel and into both high and low places she could never have imagined.
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Having read all of the author's previous books I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.
Clare Flynn is a wonderful story teller. She brings to life the rural English village where everyone knows everyone else's business and the local landowner rules the roost over both the villagers and his employees. Her characters have flaws which make them all the more human. For example Merritt is the lonely village parson, made lovable by his bumbling adoration of Hephzibar. Then there's Thomas, the handsome, spoilt wastrel who you really, really want to be the hero of the story. Finally, Hephzibar, the orphaned governess, who tries so hard to do the right thing. The book reminded me a little of Tess of the D'Urbervilles, but without the doom and gloom. Like Hardy's book chance and fate play a big part in Hephzibar's future. Will she live happily ever after? You'll have to read the book to find that out...
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