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Lorna Doone, a Romance of Exmoor

Lorna Doone, a Romance of Exmoor by Richard D. Blackmore

Lorna Doone, a Romance of Exmoor by Richard D. Blackmore is a captivating novel set in the rugged and wild landscape of Exmoor. The story follows the protagonist John Ridd as he falls in love with the beautiful Lorna Doone, a member of a notorious outlaw family. The romance between John and Lorna is filled with obstacles and challenges, as they must navigate the treacherous world of the Doone clan.

Blackmore's writing style is rich and descriptive, painting a vivid picture of the stark beauty of Exmoor and the complex characters that inhabit it. The novel is a mix of romance, adventure, and drama, with plenty of action and suspense to keep the reader engaged. The author's deep understanding of the landscape and history of Exmoor shines through in the vivid descriptions of the natural world and the rich sense of place that permeates the story.

Overall, Lorna Doone is a timeless tale of love and adventure, with unforgettable characters and a strong sense of place. Fans of historical romance and adventure novels will surely enjoy this classic tale of love and defiance set in the rugged beauty of Exmoor.

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“If anybody cares to read a simple tale told simply” … thus opens Lorna Doone, one of the best love stories ever written. The novel has inspired at least ten movies and mini-series.

“John (in West Country dialect this is pronounced Jan) Ridd is the son of a respectable farmer who was murdered in cold blood by a member of the notorious Doone clan, a once-noble family now living in the isolated Doone Valley. Battling his desire for revenge, John also grows into a respectable farmer and continues to take good care of his mother and two sisters. He falls hopelessly in love with Lorna, a girl he meets quite by accident, who turns out to be not only the granddaughter of Sir Ensor Doone (lord of the Doones), but destined to marry (against her will) the impetuous, menacing, and now jealous heir of the Doone Valley, Carver Doone. Carver will let nothing get in the way of his marriage to Lorna, which he plans to force upon her once Sir Ensor dies and he comes into his inheritance”.

Summary from Wikipedia, adapted by Stav Nisser.

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - June 5, 2019
Wonderful book read well by most volunteers. However, one reader had a very difficult time with pronunciation of simple words ending in ‘th’. This was very distracting and I would switch to reading her chapters. I do appreciate all volunteers and have listened to hundreds of books but maybe there should be an audition recording sent by volunteers before they are assigned chapters.

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