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5.0 out of 5 starsDieselblackcat
Reviewed in the United States on November 8, 2019
Another great story by Dilly Court. I hope the next one comes out soon as I will be had to wait for another one of her fantastic story’s.
I have found some books by this author too simplistic but this one is well described, carefully wound and broad in scope. A young woman leaves her governess job to return to her family in a village but the level of rural poverty is high. A better off family or two, like the doctors, live in old houses that are poorly maintained, because their income level out here is not sufficient to cover renovations.
I like particularly that this story shows us the new, emerging middle class. We also get practical considerations like disease and nursing training. And the romance is present but not the main aim of our heroine's life.
I read this e-ARC from Net Galley and Fresh Fiction. This is an unbiased review.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 4, 2019
London 1867 Daisy Marshall governess in the Carrington house is looking forward to her engagement announcement to Julian Carrington on Christmas eve but after receiving a letter from him saying he can't go through with it as he will be cut off without a penny. She is deviated especially as she has been dismissed and go back to live with her Aunt and uncle. Selling up the business and moving out to a village in essex daisy joins them in creek cottage. Nick Neville a doctor and friend to her brother lives in creek hall and finds he has to sell up and work is in London. Nobody's getting off to a good start, Esmond Tattersall the squire is freeholder of the village and wants as much money as he can from all the tenants he's a mean man that takes a shine to daisy but she turns him down. I loved this book so enchanting, feel good, Christmas book. Full of sorrow laughter and humour. People coming together in hard times. emotional story what's not to love about this book. I look forward to more to follow
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 4, 2020
I found one of Dilly Courts books in a Charity Shop and then realised that there were two more in this Trilogy Series so I went on Amazon and found the other two and I have thoroughly enjoyed following their stories from beginning to end it was a case of when I had read one I could then follow it through to the next and the final one which brought the stories together.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 18, 2019
Although this book of Dilly Court’s is a touch far fetched I’m still enjoying reading it . It is very annoying to have not just mistakes but long passages that are printed twice on the same page ,do the publishers not have proof readers ? ,also annoying is the fact that I pr-ordered this book and paid £4:49 only for it to be offered just a week after receiving it for just 99p.not on and doesn’t encourage me to pre-order in the future.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 2, 2019
Daisy is suddenly dismissed as a governess and returns home to her aunt and uncle in London to find they plan to move to a small village. Reluctantly she goes with them as she has no means of keeping herself. This proves to a life changing decision and takes Daisy along many paths. A brilliant story . Looking forward reading the next book in the series and catching up with all the characters