Fiercombe Manor

Fiercombe Manor

Large Print - 2015
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In 1933, naïve twenty-two year-old Alice, pregnant and unmarried, is in disgrace. She is banished from London to secluded Fiercombe Manor and the watchful eye of her mother's old friend, housekeeper Mrs. Jelphs. The manor's owners, the Stantons, live abroad. Alice is to have her baby there, give it up for adoption, and return home. But while awaiting the baby's birth, Alice senses that something is amiss with Fiercombe and its absentee owners. There are secrets that the manor house seems determined to keep. Tragedy haunts the empty rooms and foreboding hangs heavy in the stifling heat. Traces of the previous occupant, Elizabeth Stanton, are everywhere and soon Alice discovers Elizabeth's life eerily mirrors the path she herself is on.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015.
Edition: Large Print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781410479679
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 621 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
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Nov 03, 2017

I enjoyed it as I did Birdcage Walk by the same author.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Sep 27, 2017

A bit of a slow start but a great ending.

Here is the recipe for a great gothic or Victorian romance: One part crumbling estate, complete with a distant, moody (yet desirable) male heir. One part young, naïve female sent away by the family she has disgraced. Add a creepy caretaker, a staff of servants with secrets, plenty of shadows, and a hint of the supernatural. Mix well, blending equal parts past and present, until the lovers are united in one sweeping and glorious epilogue. I feel like I have read this book again and again, and this one nearly fit the bill. It wasn't fabulous, but it wasn't terrible.

A more-gothic Kate Morton, or a more-emotional Diane Setterfield. Either way, a great rainy night read.

Jul 14, 2015

Haunting, alluring. For fans of Kate Morton, who want a page turner that is complex and well-written.


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Jun 01, 2016

Fiercombe Manor is one of those houses people have always been fascinated by...You glimpse places like it sometimes, usually from a train window. Lonely houses tucked into the countryside, almost hidden in the folds of the hills. You wonder who lives in them, what's happened in their history.


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