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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.
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*.
"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. The book is absolutely crammed with emotions and adventures and some quite shocking twists and turns. Every time the reader thinks they know where this particular episode is leading - something will be said or done, or will somehow just happen, and turn everything (including poor Hephzibah) completely on its head. Some of these surprises are more believable than others, but the whole story rattles along at such a tremendous rate that the pure enjoyment of the tale makes it all work.
I'm sure Clare had a huge amount of fun writing this book. That's plain on every page, as well as her very impressive research into the history of the times, so that even the background details work. If you like historical fiction with a bit of everything expertly stirred into the mix, I think you'll enjoy this one.
Thank you, Clare, for "The Green Ribbons" - it's a pleasure to read.
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