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Clara Vaughan - Volume 3

R. D. Blackmore

Book Overview: 

Clara Vaughan, the young heroine, narrator, and namesake for R. D. Blackmore’s early detective novel, is determined to solve the mystery of her father’s murder—a crime that occurred when she was only 10 years of age. The book gives an account of Clara’s adventures, romances, and encounters with many eccentric characters, when, years later, she devotes herself to unraveling the mystery.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Sweetest mine! do you suppose that I shall love you any the less because you walk on crutches, and all through your love of me? And what other difference can it make to either of us? I shall cry a great deal at first, for I love your little toe-nails more than I do my own eyes; but, darling, we shall get over it."

As she loved my toes so much, I resolved to keep them, if it was only for her sake; and, after a narrow crisis, my foot began to get better. To her care and tenderness I owed my recovery, far more than to the skill of the clever surgeon. Six months elapsed before I could walk again, and our little yacht was sent to Calvi to explain the long delay. Fond as I was of the "Lily-flower," I was anxious now to sell her; but my darling nurse, although she knew before our marriage that I was not a wealthy man, would not listen to the scheme at all; for the doctor ordered me, as I grew stronger, to be constantly on the water.

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I am so thrilled to have discovered an author whose work is new to me! I am a huge fan of Victorian English literature, and I finally discovered R. D. Blackmore. His characterization is on par with Wilkie Collins, but with even more depth and richness. Now I can never forget Mrs. Shelfer—the animal-

Victober continues! This was a ton of fun, it felt like a serialized novel, very dramatic sections Murder! Intrigue! An entire chapter dedicated to the best dog ever! (I WOULD DIE FOR YOU GIUDICE) Revenge! Friendship!

Lol, this is not going to change your life but damn it was like reading a tv show,

Sadly the endless pages of dialect put me off. It’s a thing with Victorian books, and you generally have to swallow it: they didn’t mean to be patronising and snobbish even if that’s how it comes across nowadays. In many cases, it seems to have been a genuine attempt to ventriloquise local people. B