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The Gold that Glitters The Mistakes of Jenny Lavender   By: (1836-1893)

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"The Gold that Glitters: The Mistakes of Jenny Lavender" by Emily Sarah Holt is a captivating tale that effortlessly transports readers back in time to Victorian England. Set against the backdrop of a rapidly changing society, this novel delves into the life of its protagonist, Jenny Lavender, a young woman determined to pave her own path.

Holt masterfully weaves a story of love, ambition, and personal growth, all wrapped in the aura of mystery that surrounds Jenny's pursuit of glittering gold. The book opens with Jenny's aspirations to break free from the constraints of her societal standing and achieve success as an entrepreneur. From here, the author takes readers on a journey filled with unexpected twists and turns, stunning revelations, and invaluable lessons.

Jenny's character development is especially remarkable. Holt breathes life into her protagonist, carefully highlighting the growth and transformation she undergoes throughout the narrative. Jenny's mistakes and misjudgments serve as powerful catalysts for self-reflection and personal growth, making her a relatable and endearing character. Readers will find themselves rooting for her success and sympathizing with her struggles.

Emotional depth is another strength of this book. The author delves into complex themes such as the consequences of greed, the impact of societal norms, and the sacrifices one must make for personal happiness. The moral dilemmas faced by Jenny are presented in a thought-provoking manner, allowing readers to ponder their own values and priorities.

Holt's vivid descriptions and attention to historical detail further enhance the immersive experience of this novel. From the bustling streets of London to the opulent drawing rooms of the aristocracy, readers are transported to a time and place where societal conventions and appearances were everything. The author's ability to create such an authentic atmosphere adds richness and depth to the narrative, making it all the more compelling.

One minor criticism of "The Gold that Glitters: The Mistakes of Jenny Lavender" lies in its pacing. At times, the story feels slightly rushed, with certain events unfolding rapidly without allowing readers to fully appreciate their significance. However, this flaw does not detract significantly from the overall enjoyment of the novel.

In conclusion, Emily Sarah Holt's "The Gold that Glitters: The Mistakes of Jenny Lavender" is a beautifully crafted historical tale that transports readers to a bygone era. With its engaging storyline, well-developed characters, and thought-provoking themes, this book is sure to captivate fans of historical fiction and leave a lasting impression. Holt's masterful storytelling and attention to detail make this novel a must-read for those seeking a glimpse into the complexities of society and the human spirit.

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The Gold that Glitters The Mistakes of Jenny Lavender

By Emily Sarah Holt The action in this little book comes just at the point in British History where Charles the First had been executed, and his son and heir was on the run. The famous incident where Colonel Lane hides the young King up in an oak tree was recently past.

Young Jenny is a sixteen year old living on a farm, but she has reached the age where so many teenagers have disagreements with their parents, and she decides to find a way to leave home. So she takes a job as a lady's maid in Colonel Lane's household, which of course is a bit of a snub to her as she is treated in the servants' hierarchy as so low she is not even allowed to speak at meals. Eventually she finds that she is learning to handle these conventions, and is even quite enjoying her work. But one day the Lane family decide they must leave Britain, and go to France, so Jenny is to get her notice. The book is not long, and there is not room in it for many developments, but she does eventually go back home, where everyone is very glad to have her back, not least her boy friend. NH



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