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A Bunch of Cherries A Story of Cherry Court School   By: (1854-1914)

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"A Bunch of Cherries: A Story of Cherry Court School" by L. T. Meade is a delightful read that offers an insightful depiction of life within a girls' boarding school. Set in the late 19th century, the novel follows a group of young girls as they navigate the challenges of academic pressures, friendship dynamics, and personal growth.

The story unfolds with the arrival of a newcomer, Chris Chester, at Cherry Court School. As Chris settles into the school's vibrant community, the reader is introduced to an array of diverse characters, each with their own set of ambitions, fears, and hidden secrets. Meade masterfully crafts each character, allowing the readers to connect with them on an emotional level and understand their internal struggles.

The central theme of the story revolves around the importance of companionship and support among young girls. Meade beautifully portrays the power of friendship and the lasting impact it can have on one's life. The camaraderie and loyalty displayed by the girls at Cherry Court School will leave readers both nostalgic for their own school days and appreciative of the bonds they have formed throughout their lives.

One aspect that truly sets this novel apart is Meade's ability to tackle topics that were considered taboo during the Victorian era. The author fearlessly addresses issues such as class inequality, gender roles, and the pursuit of education for women. By highlighting these subjects, Meade offers a nuanced portrayal of the challenges faced by young women at that time, inviting readers to reflect upon the progress made since then.

The narrative's pacing is steady, with the plot moving forward at a satisfying rhythm. Meade expertly weaves together individual storylines, creating a compelling tapestry of interconnected lives within the school. While some twists and turns feel predictable, the author manages to maintain a level of suspense that keeps the readers invested in the outcome.

Furthermore, Meade's prose is evocative and rich, transporting readers to the halls and classrooms of Cherry Court School. The descriptions of the surroundings, as well as the emotions experienced by the characters, are vividly depicted, painting a vivid picture in the reader's mind.

However, one minor flaw in the novel is the occasional lack of character development. While the main characters receive ample attention and growth, some side characters feel underdeveloped and one-dimensional. It would have been beneficial to explore and flesh out these secondary characters, improving the overall depth of the story.

In conclusion, "A Bunch of Cherries: A Story of Cherry Court School" is a captivating novel that offers an entertaining and insightful glimpse into the lives of young girls attending a boarding school. With its strong themes of friendship, personal growth, and societal challenges, this book is a valuable addition to any reader's collection. Meade's skilled storytelling and thought-provoking exploration of Victorian-era issues make it a worthy choice for fans of historical fiction and coming-of-age stories.

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A Bunch of Cherries



Mrs. L. T. MEADE


"A Modern Tomboy," "The School Favorite," "Children's Pilgrimage," "Little Mother to the Others," Etc.






I. The School II. The Girls III. The Telegram IV. Sir John's Great Scheme V. Florence VI. Kitty and Her Father VII. Cherry Colored Ribbons VIII. The Letter IX. The Little Mummy X. Aunt Susan XI. "I Always Admired Frankness" XII. The Fairy Box XIII. An Invitation XIV. At the Park XV. The Pupil Teacher XVI. Temptation XVII. The Fall XVIII. The Guests Arrive XIX. Tit for Tat XX. The Hills for Ever XXI. The Sting of the Serpent XXII. The Voice of God




The house was long and low and rambling. In parts at least it must have been quite a hundred years old, and even the modern portion was not built according to the ideas of the present day, for in 1870 people were not so aesthetic as they are now, and the lines of beauty and grace were not considered all essential to happiness.

So even the new part of the house had square rooms destitute of ornament, and the papers were small in pattern and without any artistic designs, and the windows were square and straight, and the ceilings were somewhat low... Continue reading book >>

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