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on 11 February 2000
A long novel to say the least, this story of wonderfully weaved insanity, sexual jealousy and criminal activity, cannot fail to tug at those heart strings. A must read book over a long, long, long winter will soon have you selling up and moving straight to Lismoyle faster than you can say Charlotte Mullen!
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When pretty, charming orphan Francie Fitzpatrick is sent to live with her plain middle aged cousin Charlotte Mullen, she awakens a hornet's nest of feelings. From the quiet and studious aristocrat Christopher Dysart to the considerably lower class Mr Hawkins, a man with a past.
And most vitally there is Roddy Lambert - a man who has married for money, but for whom Charlotte has strong feelings nonetheless. How will she handle his developing feelings for the lovely Francie?
A really compelling read which brings to life late 19th century life in Ireland. The authors have a great skill for bringing to life the characters through dialogue and accent, from the servants to their 'betters.'
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on 27 November 2007
This is a delightful and illuminating book but the meanness of the margins and the minuscule typeface in the Sanders edition are such that I advise anyone over about thirty-five to try to find another! It is very well worth reading and will give great enjoyment if one can find a way round this problem;
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on 26 November 2014
a favourite book. I re-read it every year.
Elegant, witty and moving.
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on 28 April 2015
This book is extremely well-written and worth reading just for the descriptions of things. However I found the plot very weak.
If you're going to read this book keep a highlighter close by just to highlight the many amazing turns of phrase.
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on 17 February 2000
Although the novel was very lengthly it was throughly enjoyable and really gave a sense of Anglo-Irish life.While reading the novel you really were able to identify with all the troubles the characters endured and also feel their pain-A truely good read.
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on 7 March 2016
What a discovery, what a book. Really happy to have heard this book discussed on the Irish radio!
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