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The Pennycomequicks - Volume 1

Sabine Baring-Gould

Book Overview: 

The Pennycomequicks is the charming and witty story of a dysfunctional English family in the late 19th century, scattered to the winds, scarred and battered by human and Divine tragedy, struggling for sustenance of the material and / or immaterial kind.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .here of love, who have come to regard it as their natural element, such have no conception of the force with which love boils up in an old heart that has been long arid and affectionless. In the limestone Western Hills there are riverless valleys, tracts of moor and mountain without a rift, dead and waterless, yet deep beneath, in secret channels, streams are flowing, and mighty vaults form subterranean reservoirs, by all who pass over the surface unsuspected. But suddenly from a cliff-side pours the long-hidden water, not a spring, a rivulet, but a full-grown river ready to turn millwheels and carry boats. So is it with certain human natures that have been long passionless, without the token of soft affections: the all-conquering stream of love breaks from their hearts in mighty volume and unexpectedly.

There had been nothing of self-analysis in Jeremiah. The children had sprung up under his care, and year by year had seen them acquire an inch. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I haven't read many Sabine Baring-Gould works, so I cannot compare it to others. However, this reminded me a bit of Anthony Trollope and his type of story.

A 50-something textile mill owner is swept away in a flood and presumed dead. Left behind is Salome, a young lady who has grown up in his house