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A Fluttered Dovecote   By: (1831-1909)

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A Fluttered Dovecote, written by George Manville Fenn, is a riveting tale that transports readers back in time to a world of mystery, courage, and undeniable beauty. Set in the picturesque countryside of Victorian England, this novel encapsulates the essence of an era steeped in tradition and societal expectations.

Fenn masterfully crafts a narrative that revolves around the lives of the inhabitants of a charming little village, where the idyllic peace is shattered by a series of puzzling events. At the heart of the story is the enigmatic character of Ralph Holt, a young artist who finds himself entangled in a web of deceit, love, and devotion.

The author's ability to create vivid and multi-dimensional characters is truly commendable. Each individual is brought to life with great depth and complexity, making it impossible not to engage with their triumphs and tribulations. From the fiercely independent village girl, Esther, to the morally conflicted squire, Norman, the cast of A Fluttered Dovecote is a fascinating ensemble that captures the essence of a community grappling with its own secrets and demons.

What sets this novel apart is its exquisite attention to detail. Fenn's descriptions transport readers to a bygone era, where lush landscapes and eloquent prose envelop every page. From the delicate flutter of a dove's wings to the aroma of freshly baked bread, the author's meticulousness in painting a vivid picture ensures an immersive reading experience.

Moreover, A Fluttered Dovecote delves into themes that resonate beyond the confines of the book itself. Society's expectations, the pursuit of personal fulfillment, and the consequences of deception are explored with nuance and sensitivity. Fenn expertly weaves these threads together, presenting readers with a thought-provoking reflection on the human condition.

However, amidst its many strengths, the novel does suffer from occasional pacing issues. The plot, while engrossing, meanders at times, making it difficult to maintain a consistent level of suspense. Nevertheless, the authenticity and charm of the characters carry the story forward, ultimately overshadowing this minor flaw.

In conclusion, A Fluttered Dovecote is a captivating novel that encapsulates the spirit of Victorian England. George Manville Fenn's talent for drawing readers into a world of intrigue, his attention to detail, and the rich tapestry of well-developed characters make this book an immersive and worthwhile read. Despite its occasional pacing issues, the narrative remains compelling, leaving readers captivated until the very last page.

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A Fluttered Dovecote By George Manville Fenn Illustrations by Gordon Browne Published by D. Appleton and Company, New York. This edition dated 1890. A Fluttered Dovecote, by George Manville Fenn.




Oh, dear!

You will excuse me for a moment? I must take another sheet of paper I, Laura Bozerne, virgin and martyr, of Chester Square, Belgravia for that last sheet was all spotted with tears, and when I applied my handkerchief, and then the blotting paper, the glaze was gone and the ink ran.

Ce n'est que le premier pas qui coute , the French say, but it is not true. However, I have made up my mind to write this history of my sufferings, so to begin.

Though what the world would call young eighteen I feel so old ah! so old and my life would fill volumes thick volumes with thrilling incidents; but a natural repugnance to publicity forces me to confine myself to the adventures of one single year, whose eventful hours were numbered, whose days were one chaos of excitement or rack of suspense. How are the scenes brought vividly before my mind's eye as I turn over the leaves of my poor blotted diary, and recognise a tear blister here, and recall the blistering; a smear there; or find the writing illegible from having been hastily closed when wet, on account of the prying advance of some myrmidon of tyranny when the blotting paper was not at hand... Continue reading book >>

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