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Satchfield Hall Paperback – 27 Oct 2016
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A considered, detailed novel which concentrates predominantly on character and emotion. I did find some of the narrative slow, repetitive and over-explained – and I was a tad confused with some of the time slips here and there, but overall an enjoyable novel with plenty of scope.
If ever there was a nasty, power-hungry, vicious, egotistic character, then Henry Bryant-Smythe was one. What a vile man. You can imagine, then, that when his young only daughter finds herself ‘in the family way’, the lengths he goes to are extreme, to the point of inhuman, to make sure she understands the consequences of such disgrace for a family of such standing. There isn’t a soul who doesn’t fear this hideous man…his own wife included. But he never entertains the possibility that he could be underestimating her. His domineering, vulgarity and bullying are as unbearable as are endearing her quiet sagacity, forbearance and gentleness. But pay he must for ruining the lives of those nearest to him.
Barclay overdoses us, wrings us out with oceans of wide-ranging emotions in this book. She does it skilfully, subtly, poignantly. The story is utterly compelling.
This is a book which has been loitering around my Kindle for a while now and after reading it, I understand why. Every time I saw the title, it just didn’t scream ‘read me’. It’s not about Satchfield Hall at all: that’s just an address and really doesn’t play a part of any importance. The title of the book written by one of the characters is what screams at me as the perfect title. I was also a little at sea with the dates. The story is divided into two parts, but with untitled chapters it was hard to know exactly where we were.
For those reasons, I can’t elevate it into the five-star category, not least because of the bad editing (no editing?). So many spelling/grammatical errors was annoying.
However, I did manage to overlook those faults and ultimately, am glad I finally answered the book’s call to ‘read me, already!’
"Satchfield Hall is a combination of a family saga and a ‘great house, upstairs-downstairs’ story, which may appeal particularly to older women readers who remember their own parents’ ‘old-fashioned’ attitudes. A novel to read by a warm fire during a chilly weekend."
I thoroughly agree with our #DDRevs reviewer: Ms Barclay writes engrossing and highly enjoyable novels ideal to curl up with on a cold day, or relax in the garden in the warmsun
Celia Bryant-Smythe has had everything, growing up in a beautiful house, Satchfield Hall with her Mother and Father and 3 brothers. When her father, Henry Bryant-Smythe hears via his nosey Housekeeper that his innocent daughter is not so innocent after all, he has no trouble in "dealing" with her. What the arrogant man doesn't realise is that the actions of that day will change the courses of his life and everyone around him forever in the decades to come. But he is too self involved to realise.
Celia Bryant-Smythe's life changes that very day. The pain, loss and sadness that she experiences and she does not find the ultimate peace until the death of one man.
Has Celia's actions ruined the family or just herself? Can she recover and pull herself back? Does Henry have a heart after all?
Satchfield Hall starts at the end of the story and soon you are transported back into the time of the second World War. Pauline has written on the back of the book "Satchfield Hall is not about gentleness, tranquillity and privilege; it is about, power, love, lies and in the end revenge." and that is certainly true. This is a story of a family's struggle. Of how one mans actions spreads a web of sorrow across a much wider field.
I adored this book. I love anything that involves a Master of the house and the downstairs staff. I was hooked from the very first chapter and was engulfed into the sadness of each event as it unfolded. Pauline hints of things that are to come but I found myself desperately wanting to know what happened next. This is a love story but is not a simple one and things are not easy for anyone.
This is a completely different theme to Sometimes it Happens which I had read previously. What is key to both of Pauline's books I have now read is that she really can tell a story and make the characters come alive. I haven't cried in a book so much and so often. This is a must to be added to your TBR pile.