Nightingale Wood

Nightingale Wood

Book - 2010
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Poor, lovely Viola has been left penniless and alone after her late husband's demise and is forced to live with his family in their joyless home. Its occupants are nearly insufferable. Mr. Withers is a tyrannical old miser, Mrs. Withers dismisses her as a common shop girl and Viola's sisters-in-law, Madge and Tina, are too preoccupied with their own troubles. Only the prospect of the upcoming charity ball can lift her spirits, especially as Victor Spring, the local prince charming, will be there. But Victor's intentions towards the young widow are not quite honorable.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2010, c1938
ISBN: 9780143117575
Branch Call Number: F GIB NVD
Characteristics: x, 387 pages ; 20 cm


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Apr 13, 2018

A long and involving fairytale-like story which is very much of its time. The characters are just slightly larger than life and their fate is described in a clear-eyed, unsentimental way. And I'm glad I read it! I enjoyed it.

Mar 07, 2015

A fantastic, and long out of print book by the author of "Cold Comfort Farm". A wonderful re-imagining of Cinderella, and a treat for fans of "Downton Abbey"!

Apr 21, 2012

I enjoyed it so much and look forward to reading it again. Made me think of Enchanted April. Subtle but magical.

Apr 14, 2012

A real pleasure to read. Beautifully and wittily written with clever understanding of characters in a somewhat unreal, or a cloistered world. (It's the 1930s - only hints of whats brewing internationally)
A kind of Cinderella story where miserable lives are transformed and it's all very satisfying!

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