Amberwell drove one of its children into a reckless marriage and healed another of his wounds...and there was one child who stayed at home and gave up her life to keep things running smoothly.
©1955 D. E. Stevenson; (P)2008 Soundings
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"A pleasant family saga"
My favourite D.E. Stevenson will always be Celia's House. This is not unlike it, but never quite as good. The saga of the Ayrtons takes us through 2 generations living in a cloistered, middle class world in the Borders where the daughters at least have no concept of the world outside. The parents aren't quite the Barretts of Wimpole Street but emulate them at times and Aunt Beatrice and Mr Orme, the minister, are the most sympathetic characters, whilst Nell and Dennis bring overtones of Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson. Having said all that, I enjoyed it as a change and will probably listen to again. Just have to be in the right mood...
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