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The Channings

Mrs. Henry Wood

Book Overview: 

This is a saga about life in a small town in England during the Victorian era. The "stars" of this saga are the Channings. Mr. Channing was ill and, because of his poverty, his six children have to work. Many things happen during this saga: a man confesses to a theft which he thinks his brother did, a lady is engaged to a gentleman much above her station, and so much more. But in the middle of all this you can find plenty of family love.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Arthur explained in his quiet manner, a glad light shining in his eyes. Jupp had left the college for good; Mr. Williams had offered the place to him, and Mr. Galloway had authorized him to accept it. He should only have to go to the office for two hours before breakfast in a morning, to make up for the two lost in the day.

"My brave boy!" exclaimed Mr. Channing, making prisoner of his hand. "I said this untoward loss of the suit might turn out to be a blessing in disguise. And so it will; it is bringing forth the sterling love of my children. You are doing this for me, Arthur."

"Doing it a great deal for myself, papa. You do not know the gratification it will be to me, those two hours' play daily!"

"I understand, my dear—understand it all!"

"Especially as—" Arthur came to a sudden stop.

"Especially as what?" asked Mr. Channing.

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Community Reviews

Gosh, I remember loving this book everytime I've read it.
I have a very old "Reader's Library" edition - obviously
abridged but it is still a page turner. There are no smoking
guns or grisly violence - in fact a family's whole honour turns
on the disappearance of a ten pound note.
The Channings are held

2020: I like solo readings better than collaborations but the story carried me on. And there was much more to think about then the very interesting (if possibly improbable) plot! Very glad to have stumbled on this book. (Or was it Providence)

2023: I'm not sure why I chose reread this just now. But I