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Hollowdell Grange Holiday Hours in a Country Home   By: (1831-1909)

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Hollowdell Grange Holiday Hours in a Country Home by George Manville Fenn is a delightful novel that takes readers on a captivating journey through idyllic countryside settings. Set in the Victorian era, the story follows a group of family and friends as they gather at Hollowdell Grange for a much-needed vacation.

The author expertly portrays the peaceful and serene atmosphere of the country home, creating a vivid sense of place that transports readers to another time and space. Fenn's descriptive language brings to life the lush landscapes, charming interiors, and the overall beauty of the surrounding nature. The detailed storytelling allows readers to immerse themselves fully in the characters' experiences, as if they were meandering through Hollowdell Grange themselves.

One of the strengths of Fenn's writing is his ability to craft well-rounded and relatable characters. Each member of the diverse ensemble cast has their own distinct personality and voice, making them feel like real people rather than mere literary creations. The interactions between the characters, their conversations, and the nuanced dynamics of their relationships add depth and authenticity to the narrative.

The plot of Hollowdell Grange Holiday Hours in a Country Home is refreshingly simple yet thoroughly engaging. Rather than relying on action-packed sequences, the story focuses on the everyday joys and conflicts of the characters, making it a cozy read perfect for unwinding and escaping the modern world's hustle and bustle. Fenn skillfully weaves together various subplots, allowing readers to witness both mundane and surprising events that unfold during the holiday.

Furthermore, Fenn's writing style is graceful and evocative, capturing the essence of Victorian literature while remaining accessible to contemporary readers. His attention to detail adds richness to the narrative without overwhelming it, striking a delicate balance between description and progression. Fenn's prose is also interspersed with touches of humor, making for an enjoyable reading experience from start to finish.

Although Hollowdell Grange Holiday Hours in a Country Home has a leisurely pace, the story never feels stagnant or dull. Fenn masterfully maintains a sense of anticipation through small mysteries, romantic tensions, and occasional moments of poignancy. The novel subtly explores the complexities of family dynamics, friendship, love, and individual aspirations, offering readers a multi-faceted story that is both heartwarming and thought-provoking.

Overall, Hollowdell Grange Holiday Hours in a Country Home is a charming and captivating novel that will appeal to fans of classic literature and those who seek solace in the simple pleasures of life. George Manville Fenn's masterful storytelling, compelling characters, and beautiful narrative make this book a delightful choice for anyone looking to immerse themselves in a cozy and nostalgic tale.

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Hollowdell Grange, by George Manville Fenn.

This is one of Fenn's earliest books. The theme is that a boy from London goes down to stay in the country with his cousins, where the way of life is so very different, and challenging, from all that he had known in the great city. The descriptions of country life of those days are very well done, but we must make one warning that many of the countrymen we meet in the story speak with a strong Lincolnshire accent, and the author has done his best to represent these sounds with what must very often look like mistakes in transcription.

There are all sorts of country situations to be encountered, from working with animals, to meeting the various village characters, to a near drowning, and even, at the very end to an attempted rescue, one that failed, of a drowning boy caught in a sluice on the beach.

There may well be a few mistakes, because the copy used was very old, and the pages very browned, while at the same time not very well printed. But we have done our best and at least what we offer here is better than what you would have got from the book itself in its aged condition. As so often with this kind of book it makes a very good audio book, and listening to it is a great pleasure... Continue reading book >>

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