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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.Read more ›
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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I loved Clare Flynn's debut novel, A Greater World, and knew when I finished it that I wanted to read another novel by this talented author. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Minskip
The Green Ribbons is a beautifully written, heartbreaking story set in rural England in the year 1900. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Helena Halme Author
This historical book takes place in 1900. Orphaned Hephzibah is left penniless and through an ex-pupil of her step father finds a position as a governess. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Gail
A well written novel set in a rural village in the early 20th century. Victoria is still on the throne and women are still regarded as possessions, by their father, and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Fiona Brady
How far will she go to save her marriage? How far will he go to keep his promise?
1900. Eighteen-year-old Hephzibah Wildman's world is turned upside down when she loses... Read more
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We are proud to announce that THE GREEN RIBBONS by Clare Flynn is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!Published 7 months ago by indieBRAG
An exceellent read with interesting plot and charactersPublished 7 months ago by Mrs. A. R. Robinson
By Clare Flynn really enjoyed every moment of this book a page Turner all way through great character and story line Margaret parkhillPublished 7 months ago by Promises to keep