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The Old Manor House

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By: (1749-1806)

The Old Manor House by Charlotte Turner Smith is a captivating and atmospheric novel that transports readers to a bygone era. Set in the English countryside, the story follows the lives of two sisters, Matilda and Ellinor, as they navigate love, loss, and family secrets.

Smith's descriptive prose brings the manor house and its surrounding landscape to life, painting a vivid picture of a world filled with both beauty and darkness. The characters are well-developed and complex, each with their own struggles and desires that drive the plot forward.

The novel is a thrilling mix of gothic romance and mystery, with unexpected twists and turns that keep readers on the edge of their seats. Smith expertly weaves together themes of class, gender, and social expectations, creating a rich tapestry of emotions and relationships.

Overall, The Old Manor House is a beautifully written and engaging read that will appeal to fans of historical fiction and gothic literature. Smith's talent for storytelling shines through in this timeless classic.

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The proud, cruel and arrogant Mrs. Rayland never married. Therefore, "Rayland Hall", the old Manor House of the title, had to pass to their heir, Somerive, whom they never treated kindly. According to the British laws at the time, the heir must be the oldest son. But what is to be done when the second son is more worthy of it - and is more beloved by Miss Rayland herself? And must the fact that he is in love with a servant and dependent of Miss Rayland take its toll?

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