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    • Hester Roon

    • By: Norah Lofts
    • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
    • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    The Fleece Inn stood where the three roads joined - the roads to London, to Norwich, and to the sea. Its trade was prosperous, its hospitality famous, and the host was jolly and generous. To his servants he was cruel and menacing, and to Ellie Roon, the most menial servant at the Fleece, he was a figure of terror. Ellie was used to being bullied, but when her illegitimate daughter was born - in a rat-ridden attic of the Fleece - she decided that Hester must have a different kind of life.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Hester Roon

    • By Anonymous User on 02-29-08

    Regular price: $30.05

    • The House at Sunset

    • By: Norah Lofts
    • Narrated by: Martyn Read, Juliet Prague
    • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    "At the age of seven I was a skilful pickpocket. I could sew neatly, write a tolerable hand, make a curtsey and a correct introduction, dance a little and play simple tunes on the harpsichord.” This was the London life of Felicity Hatton in 1740 – until chance sent her back to the House, first as a pauper, later to become its mistress – a strange eccentric mistress whose choice of husband was as unorthodox as her manner of living.

    Regular price: $22.82

    • Jassy

    • By: Norah Lofts
    • Narrated by: Janine Birkett, David Thorpe
    • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
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      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 5

    She was the daughter of a preacher and a gypsy. A strange and elusive child with powers of prophecy, she grew into an even stranger woman. From those around her she inspired love and admiration or furious hatred. Nothing in between. And somehow Jassy could transform even those who loved her into her enemies. Barney Hatton, the dispossessed heir of Mortiboys, loved her but not enough. Lindy, a girl who worked there, loved her too much.

    Regular price: $21.37

    • The Lute Player

    • By: Norah Lofts
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe, Karen Cass
    • Length: 20 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    Out of the courts of 12th-century England strode the legendary figure of Richard of England leading his knights onto the Saracen battlefields, inspired by a vision of the Holy Land. Here is the story of the Soldier-King and the Third Crusade - of his strange, ill-fated union with Berengaria, Princess of Navarre; and of his mother, the She-Wolf, Eleanor of Aquitaine, who loved her son with a frantic, possessive pride. And, above all, here is the story of the minstrel whose life was linked with that of the King - the story of Blondel, the Lute Player....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A historical beauty

    • By Sherry on 09-02-16

    Regular price: $29.09

    • To See a Fine Lady

    • By: Norah Lofts
    • Narrated by: Charlotte Strevens
    • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
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      5 out of 5 stars 5

    When, at the Pollards Harvest Supper of 1817, Araminta Glover was seduced by Jan Honeywood, the outcome seemed inevitable. Araminta, like so many servant girls, would marry her poor suitor and prepare to raise a large family on nine shillings a week. But 17-year-old Araminta was determined enough to rebel against the pattern of impoverished rural life, and, putting marriage and Jan firmly behind her, she accepted the post of dairymaid in the house of the strange Mrs Stancy.

    Regular price: $20.56

    • The Town House

    • By: Norah Lofts
    • Narrated by: Juliet Prague, Martyn Read
    • Length: 17 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 30

    "It was in the first week of October in the year 1391 that I first came face to face with the man who owned me… the man whose lightest word was to us, his villeins, weightier than the King’s law or the edicts of our Holy Father…” So began the story of Martin Reed - a serf whose resentment of the automatic rule of his feudal lord finally flared into open defiance.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • My favorite author

    • By Karie on 07-09-15

    Regular price: $24.99

    • The House at Old Vine

    • By: Norah Lofts
    • Narrated by: Martyn Read, Julieet Prague
    • Length: 17 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20

    The House at Old Vine is the second in a trilogy of novels by Norah Lofts about the inhabitants of a Suffolk house from the late 14th century to the middle of the 20th.

    Covering the turbulent years of 1496 to 1680, it follows six generations of the descendants of Martin Reed, who founded the "House" dynasty through his act of rebellion in The Town House, through persecution, war, and revolution, from the era of Christopher Columbus to the Restoration of Charles II.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting and compelling

    • By Susan on 07-24-17

    Regular price: $24.26

    • The Homecoming

    • By: Norah Lofts
    • Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson
    • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    Sir Godfrey Tallboys had come home from the Crusades. Home to Knight’s Acre. But the years had brought many changes – and not only to his estate. His wife Sybilla, exhausted with struggling to keep poverty at bay, had grown old before her time. And with Sir Godfrey’s return, there was further change. With him was the Moorish slave girl who had saved his life in Spain.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Entertaining and educational

    • By Susan on 11-26-17

    Regular price: $16.31

    • The Lonely Furrow

    • By: Norah Lofts
    • Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson
    • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    The Wars of the Roses were over, but for Henry Tallboys the battle for survival went on. Scratchign a livign from the meagre soil of Knight’s Acre was no easy task, but that wasn’t Henry’s only worry – there was also Joann’s future to settle. Even at the age of eleven Joanna seemed destined to fetch a handsome price in the marriage market; yet a mysterious bond seemed to unite her with Henry, a bond more close than either of them could have known.

    Regular price: $17.23

    • Bless This House

    • By: Norah Lofts
    • Narrated by: Michael Tudor Barnes, Nicolette McKenzie
    • Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 12

    The house was built in the Old Queen's time: built for an Elizabethan pirate who was knighted for the plunder he brought home. It survived many eras, many reigns: it saw the passing of Cromwell and the Civil War. It became rich with an Indian Nabob and poor with a 20th century innkeeper. It saw wars, and lovers, and death. Children were born there, both heirs and bastards. It had ghosts and legends and a history that grew stranger with every generation.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Bless This House - my take

    • By Kalona1982 on 04-05-09

    Regular price: $26.71

    • Out of This Nettle

    • By: Norah Lofts
    • Narrated by: Robbie MacNab
    • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3

    His name was Colin Lowrie. A tall, red-haired Scot; a man at 16, whose pride was the ancient clan pride of the Lowries. And when the clans were broken - massacred in a brutal revenge at Culloden Field - Colin Lowrie was forced to take flight on a journey half-way round the world.

    Regular price: $19.25

    • The Concubine

    • By: Norah Lofts
    • Narrated by: Patricia Gallimore
    • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    “All eyes and hair” a courtier had said disparagingly of her – and certainly the younger daughter of Tom Boleyn lacked the bounteous charms of most ladies of Court. Black-haired, black eyes, she had a wild-sprite quality that was to prove more effective, more dangerous than conventional feminine appeal. The King first noticed her when she was sixteen – and with imperial greed he smashed her youthful love-affair with Harry Percy and began the process of royal seduction.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very, Very Good!

    • By DaNick on 05-20-16

    Regular price: $15.90

    • Knight's Acre

    • By: Norah Lofts
    • Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson
    • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Sir Godfrey Tallboys was a knight-errant, famous for his success at tourneys, but far from wealthy. In an attempt to make his fortune he left his wife Sybilla and travelled to Spain to fight a minor rusade against the Moors. But treachery lurked in that far distant land and soon Sir Godfrey became a prisoner, a helpless slave in a hostile country. Back in quiet Suffolk he was reported dead. And so it fell to Sybilla to fend for the whole family.

    Regular price: $15.59

    • A Wayside Tavern

    • By: Norah Lofts
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 16

    A Wayside Tavern tells the story of a Suffolk drinking place from the end of the Roman occupation of Britain, until the present day. The Roman veteran, crippled and left behind, worshipped Mithras, so the place became known as the One Bull and down through the centuries it became a clearing house for contraband, a miniature Hell Fire Club, a fashionable hotel, a mere pub. Across the yard, was the church of St Cerdic, king and martyr, who fought the Danes and was famous for the miracles performed at his shrine.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • An enjoyable tale

    • By Gordon on 10-07-11

    Regular price: $17.71

    • Nethergate

    • By: Norah Lofts
    • Narrated by: Nicolette McKenzie, Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    Forced to flee Revolutionary France after the brutal guillotining of her beloved father, Isabella de Savigny arrives at Nethergate, the Suffolk house of her cousin, hoping for sympathy and succour. Instead, as a poor relation, she is forced to live the life of a servant and suffer the casual cruelty of lady’s maid Martha Pratt. When she is seduced and abandoned by the son of the house, Isabella is forced to marry Martha’s brother, and her struggle to survive truly begins. However, her misery is lessened when her daughter is born....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic

    • By Bird Lady 147 on 09-10-17

    Regular price: $16.40

    • A Rose for Virtue

    • By: Norah Lofts
    • Narrated by: Nicolette McKenzie
    • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Hortense Beauharnais finds herself rubbing shoulders with royalty as her mother remarries to become Napoleon Bonaparte's wife. As Napoleon struggles for power on the battlefields of Europe, so Hortense charts her way through the French court - a chessboard world where the motives are jealousy and greed and the prizes are thrones of conquered countries.

    Regular price: $22.10

    • Crown of Aloes

    • By: Norah Lofts
    • Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson
    • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 15

    Isabella of Spain was a great woman, a great Queen. Crown of Aloes is presented as a personal chronicle. Within the framework of known fact and detail drawn from hitherto unexploited contemporary Spanish sources, a novelist’s imagination and understanding have provided motives, thoughts, and private conversations, helping to build up the fascinating character Isabella must have been. Her fortunes were varied indeed: she knew acute poverty, faced anxiety and danger with high courage, gave much, suffered much, lived to the full.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A VERY INTERESTING & COMPELLING STORY

    • By Linda Lou on 02-02-14

    Regular price: $17.23

    • Pargeters

    • By: Norah Lofts
    • Narrated by: Nicolette McKenzie, Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Pargeting is a highly skilled trade. And Pargeters is the name given to the Suffolk home of John Mercer in honour of Adam Woodley, the craftsman who had decorated it so lovingly. Over two generations, and throughout the turbulent years of the Civil War, Pargeters comes to stand as a symbol of unity for a household divided by conflicting political loyalties and abandoned by its menfolk. And it is the mistress of Pargeters, Sarah Woodley-Mercer, who holds the small household together in this troubled time.

    Regular price: $34.24

    • Here Was a Man

    • By: Norah Lofts
    • Narrated by: Kris Dyer
    • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Sir Walter Raleigh was one of the brightest stars in the Elizabethan firmament. Born into relative obscurity in rural Devon, he grew up in the company of smugglers and fishermen. His lust for adventure was to take him from the bloody battlefields of Europe to the colonies of the New World and on the dazzling court of Good Queen Bess. This is the story of his relationship with the two women who dominated his life: Elizabeth, his queen, and Bess, her lady-in-waiting and his secret wife.

    Regular price: $21.31

    • The Lost Queen

    • By: Norah Lofts
    • Narrated by: Patricia Gallimore
    • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    Thus the future of Caroline Matilda, youngest sister of George III, was settled – marriage to the nearly insane Prince of Denmark. Prompted by a sense of foreboding, she begged that one of her sisters should be sent in her place. But Caroline was the healthiest, the strongest of the English princesses, and as well as being exiled, princesses were meant to be brood mares…Exiled in a strange country, isolated by her inability to speak the language, Caroline forms a close bond with the King’s doctor, Johann Struensee.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • What a Lovely Memory!

    • By Barbara on 03-13-11

    Regular price: $15.17

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