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This review is from: The Property of a Gentleman: One House. Many secrets. (Kindle Edition)
I'd never read anything by Catherine Gaskin before this, but I will definitely be reading her work after having finished this. I enjoyed it immensely.
It kind of reminded me of Du Maurier's Rebecca but with a little more melodrama. The story is of its time, and my only niggle was the subservience of the main character, Joanne to the men in her life, although, to be fair to her, she does learn to stand up for herself during the course of the novel, which is a good job. The other thing that really showed the age of the book was how much smoking goes on by all the characters in the book. It isn't until you read a book of an age like this that you realise how much things have changed in such a short time.
The book is a hugely enjoyable dramatic romp with a dose of high romance set against a background of crumbling fortunes, historical ruins and ancient enmity in the empty reaches of the Lake District. I raced through the pages, and was very sad when it was finished. I shall look out for more of her work.