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Old Times at Otterbourne   By: (1823-1901)

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Old Times at Otterbourne by Charlotte Mary Yonge is a captivating tale that takes the reader on a journey through the past, delving into the lives and experiences of the residents of Otterbourne village. Set in nineteenth-century England, this historical novel beautifully captures the essence of the time period and paints a vivid picture of the era.

Yonge's writing style is rich and descriptive, immersing readers in the sights, sounds, and atmosphere of Otterbourne. The author's attention to detail shines through, allowing the reader to truly feel like they have stepped back in time. Her ability to evoke a sense of nostalgia is compelling, making the story all the more engaging.

The characters in Old Times at Otterbourne are multifaceted and well-developed. We follow the lives of a diverse group of individuals, each with their own joys, sorrows, and secrets. From the kindly vicar to the mischievous children, every character contributes to the story, lending it a sense of authenticity and depth. Their interactions and relationships are portrayed realistically, further enhancing the overall reading experience.

One of the strengths of this book is Yonge's exploration of themes such as family, love, and societal expectations. She delves into these complex topics with sensitivity and grace, offering thought-provoking insights into the human condition. Through her characters, she tackles issues such as class divisions and the constraints imposed on women during the time period. These elements not only add depth to the plot but also give the reader a glimpse into the challenges faced by individuals in a different era.

Another notable aspect of the novel is the way in which Yonge seamlessly weaves together multiple storylines. While the book primarily focuses on the residents of Otterbourne, the author skillfully introduces secondary characters and subplots that add further layers to the narrative. This aspect of the story enhances the sense of community and interconnectedness, making the village of Otterbourne a living, breathing entity.

The only slight drawback of the novel is its length, as it may seem overwhelming to readers who prefer a shorter, more concise read. However, the numerous intricacies in the plot make every page worth it, and the pacing ensures that the story remains engaging throughout.

Old Times at Otterbourne is a delightful journey through history, a charming portrait of a bygone era. Charlotte Mary Yonge's enchanting storytelling transports the reader to a quaint village, capturing the essence of a time long past. With its richly drawn characters, poignant themes, and expertly woven plotlines, this book is a must-read for anyone who appreciates historical fiction and a well-crafted story.

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Old Times at Otterbourne.





Old Times at Otterbourne.

Not many of us remember Otterbourne before the Railroad, the Church, or the Penny Post. It may be pleasant to some of us to try to catch a few recollections before all those who can tell us anything about those times are quite gone.

To begin with the first that is known about it, or rather that is guessed. A part of a Roman road has been traced in Otterbourne Park, and near it was found a piece of a quern, one of the old stones of a hand mill, such as was used in ancient times for grinding corn; so that the place must have been inhabited at least seventeen hundred years ago. In the last century a medallion bearing the head of a Roman Emperor was found here, sixteen feet beneath the surface. It seems to be one of the medallions that were placed below the Eagle on the Roman Standards, and it is still in the possession of the family of Fitt, of Westley.

After the Roman and British times were over, this part of the country belonged to Wessex, the kingdom of the West Saxons, of which Winchester was the capital... Continue reading book >>

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