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Will of the Mill   By: (1831-1909)

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In "Will of the Mill" by George Manville Fenn, readers are transported to the charming countryside of England, immersing themselves in a story filled with mystery, adventure, and unexpected twists. Following the life of young protagonist Will Garvie, readers are taken on a journey through his struggles, triumphs, and, ultimately, his quest for justice.

Fenn's descriptive writing style is nothing short of captivating, as he paints vivid landscapes and atmosphere, allowing readers to feel as though they are walking alongside the characters. The picturesque imagery of the mill itself provides a unique backdrop, adding an unforgettable touch of authenticity to the story. Furthermore, Fenn's meticulous attention to historical details greatly enhances the immersive experience, making "Will of the Mill" not only a riveting tale but also a valuable glimpse into life during the Victorian era.

The character development in this novel is both subtle and skillfully executed. As we follow Will's journey, we witness his growth from a naïve and vulnerable young boy to a determined and resilient individual. His determination in uncovering the truth behind a mysterious fire that destroys the mill, jeopardizing his family's livelihood, is inspiring and endearing.

The supporting characters in "Will of the Mill" are equally compelling. Fenn masterfully introduces a colorful cast, each with their own distinct voice and personality. From the resourceful and enigmatic John Stavers to the fiercely independent and courageous Susan Rollestone, the interactions between these characters add depth and complexity to the plot.

The plot itself is filled with unexpected twists and turns, keeping readers engaged and eager to discover the truth. Fenn skillfully balances moments of intense action and suspense with heartfelt and tender scenes, creating a well-rounded narrative. The exploration of themes such as loyalty, friendship, and the pursuit of justice adds depth to the storyline, making it resonate long after the final page has been turned.

While "Will of the Mill" is categorized as a young adult novel, it possesses a universal appeal that transcends age boundaries. Fenn's ability to craft a captivating story while providing historical context makes it a compelling read for both teens and adults alike. It serves as a reminder that stories can be entertaining and educational simultaneously, enriching the reading experience.

In conclusion, "Will of the Mill" by George Manville Fenn is an enthralling tale that combines elements of mystery, adventure, and historical fiction. With its beautifully rendered setting, well-developed characters, and an engaging plot, it is a book that will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression. Fenn's seamless storytelling and attention to detail ensure that readers will be transported to another time and place, making this novel a true gem in the world of literature.

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Will of the Mill, by George Manville Fenn.

A Huguenot settlement in the Derbyshire dales, in the middle of England, in the mid nineteenth century.

The Vicar's son, and the mill owner's son are great friends. They become friends with a visiting artist, who is lodging in the house of one of the key workers at the Mill, where they manufacture silk. The artist falls down an old mine shaft up in the hills, and the boys find him. At home they are missed and a rescue party is sent out, and finds them all.

One day the mill mysteriously goes on fire, and, equally mysteriously, the fire pump has been disabled. Just in time it is repaired by the man the artist is staying with. The man's name was originally Boileau, but like so many Huguenots, he has anglicised it to Drinkwater.

Drinkwater goes mad, and has an obsessional hatred for the mill owner. It is thought possible that he actually set the fire having previously disabled the fire pump.

But far worse is to befall. One night, in the autumn rains, the dam that feeds the mill bursts its banks, and the village is flooded, with much being washed away. Did Drinkwater do this too? There is a dramatic finish to the book.

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