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Bristol Bells A Story of the Eighteenth Century   By: (1830-1899)

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Bristol Bells A Story of the Eighteenth Century by Emma Marshall is a captivating historical fiction novel that immerses the reader in the bustling city of Bristol during the 18th century. With meticulous attention to detail and vivid descriptions, the author skillfully transports us to a bygone era where societal norms and moral dilemmas are brought to life.

Set against the backdrop of the infamous slave trade, Marshall's storytelling weaves a compelling narrative that explores the complex issues of the time. Through the eyes of the protagonist, we witness the dualities of societal hierarchies and the struggle for personal freedom. The novel delves deep into the lives of its characters, allowing us to connect and empathize with their individual journeys.

The character development in Bristol Bells is one of its strongest assets. Marshall crafts a diverse cast, each with their own unique aspirations, flaws, and motivations. From the spirited protagonist, Lucy Carrington, to the genteel Lady Lisle and the enigmatic Dr. Beaumont, the characters feel authentic and multidimensional. Their interactions drive the plot forward, creating a gripping web of intertwining storylines that keep the reader engaged throughout.

Marshall's meticulous research shines through in the historical accuracy of her depiction of Bristol. The city itself becomes a character, its lively streets, bustling marketplaces, and imposing mansions vividly portrayed. The author's attention to detail is evident in her descriptions of clothing, social customs, and architecture, transporting the reader to a time long gone.

One aspect that stands out in Bristol Bells is Marshall's masterful storytelling, which effortlessly balances romance, suspense, and social commentary. The plot is rich in twists and turns, keeping the reader guessing until the very end. The romantic elements are delicately woven into the narrative, adding depth to the characters' relationships without overpowering the historical context.

It is worth mentioning that the pacing of the novel can be slow at times, especially during the detailed historical expositions. While these sections are crucial for providing context and enriching the story, they may not appeal to readers seeking fast-paced action. However, for those who appreciate a meticulous and immersive exploration of historical events, this aspect will undoubtedly be a welcome addition.

Overall, Bristol Bells A Story of the Eighteenth Century is an engaging historical fiction novel that successfully transports readers to a vibrant and tumultuous period. Emma Marshall's meticulous attention to detail, well-developed characters, and skillful storytelling make this book a worthwhile read for both history enthusiasts and lovers of historical fiction.

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[Illustration: THE MUNIMENT ROOM, S. MARY REDCLIFFE.]

Bristol Bells

A STORY OF THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY

BY

EMMA MARSHALL

AUTHOR OF 'BRISTOL DIAMONDS,' 'THE TOWER ON THE CLIFF,' 'HER SEASON IN BATH,' ETC.

The budding floweret blushes at the light, The meads are dappled with the yellow hue, In daisied mantle is the mountain dight, The tender cowslip bendeth with the dew.

CHATTERTON.

LONDON SEELEY AND CO. LIMITED ESSEX STREET, STRAND 1892

PREFACE

The incidents in the life of Thomas Chatterton which are introduced into this story are gathered chiefly from Mr Masson's exhaustive essay and a biography of the poet by Mr Chatterton Dix.

In these books full details may be found of the pathetic life, misdirected genius, and tragic death of the boy poet.

Several citizens of Bristol, who are connected with his sad history, appear in the following tale; the other characters are wholly imaginary.

WOODSIDE LEIGH WOODS, CLIFTON, February 1892.

CONTENTS.

CHAP. PAGE

I. LONGING FOR FLIGHT, 1

II. THE SQUIRE, 13

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