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His Grace of Osmonde

Frances Hodgson Burnett

Book Overview: 

Set in late 1600's England, the story follows the life of a woman living an unconventional life. The loves of her life and all of its ups and downs are included. And as above, has more of the story of the Duke who becomes the love of her life.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .God's mercy!"

As they rode he heard the story, Lord Twemlow having related such incidents as he naturally knew to my Lord Dunstanwolde. 'Twas a bitter history to Twemlow, whose kinsman the late Lady Wildairs had been, and who was a discreetly sober and God-fearing gentleman, to whom irregular habits and the reckless squandering of fortune were loathly things. And this was the substance of the relation, which was so far out of the common as to be almost monstrous: His disgust at the birth of this ninth girl infant had so inflamed Sir Jeoffry that he had refused even to behold it and had left it to its fate as if it had been an ill-made, blind puppy. But two of her Ladyship's other children had survived their infancy, and of these two their father knew nothing whatever but that they had been called Barbara and Anne, that they showed no promise of beauty, and lived their bare little lives in the Hall's otherwise deserted west wing, having as their sole companio. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A good story I think.
I don't give more because I found it a bit tiresome at some points, with much repetitions of the same things that could as well be cast off the book so it would me more straightforward. Still I like it, not too much, I don't want to read it again, though I don't repent have read

Rispetto a 'A Lady of Quality', che segue passo passo, dall'inizio alla fine, questo libro sembra ancor più influenzato da tempi e modi della narrazione settecentesca: e, adottando il punto di vista dell'ineccepibile eroe (e non quello dell'esuberante eroina) diventa inevitabilmente più lento e mora