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The Carringtons of Helston by [Macdonald, Malcolm]
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From Publishers Weekly

In this leisurely paced, congenial novel set on the eve of WWI, two young Americans leave their Connecticut home and move with their widowed father to their grandfather's Cornwall village, where their father, John Carrington, intends to buy a farm and take up gardening on a large scale. To the dismay of 22-year-old Leah Carrington and her 20-year-old brother, William, the Carringtons' eventual purchase of the Old Glebe stirs up past resentments and antagonisms with an eccentric, quarrelsome neighbor, farmer Clifford Liddicoat, whose family has long had an eye on the Old Glebe. As the consequences of a 60-year-old feud work their way through the narrative, so do the romances and careers of the American ?migr?s. Leah soon has several suitors, including the two young Liddicoat brothers; she takes up farming and shows herself to be a feminist ahead of her time. Meanwhile, William discovers that the area is full of ruined tungsten mines and decides to open one of them, and John finds love again with an unlikely lady. Macdonald (Tomorrow's Tide) sprinkles his tale with credible historical details and Cornish colloquialisms, but he is at his best when writing straightforward narrative. For all its subplots and quaint village characters, the novel unfolds with a light enough touch to satisfy most readers of the genre.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Retired widower John Carrington and his two adult children, Leah and Will, move back to Helston in Cornwall, the town his grandfather left when emigrating to America more than 80 years before. As the family settles into rural life at the Old Glebe, where John intends to build a magnificent garden, Leah and Will establish relationships with their closest neighbors, the Liddicoats, despite a long-standing feud between their families. Leah discovers she has a passion for farming when the garden project is put on hold because of WWI; Will goes into partnership with Nicholas Liddicoat in a mining venture that extracts tungsten ore from tin tailings; and the formidable but beautiful Philomena Liddicoat locks horns with John Carrington in a battle of wits. In an immensely satisfying ending, all three Carringtons find love, each with just the right partner, in this successful family saga. Macdonald provides a fresh take on a landscape made familiar by Catherine Cookson, and creates likable characters who could easily be descendants of those in Winston Graham's Poldark series. Diana Tixier Herald

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3591 KB
  • Print Length: 409 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: M. J. Ross-Macdonald (Jan. 9 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HSHQHPK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,551,279 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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