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How It All Came Round   By: (1854-1914)

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How It All Came Round by L. T. Meade is a captivating novel that takes readers on an intriguing journey through the Victorian era. Set in the rural landscapes of England, the author masterfully weaves together a tale of love, betrayal, and unexpected twists.

The story revolves around a young governess named Emily, who finds herself entangled in a web of secrets and mysteries when she comes to work for the wealthy Haldhurst family. As Emily delves deeper into their troubled history, she uncovers long-held family secrets that are enough to shake the foundation of their once grand estate.

Meade’s writing style is wonderfully descriptive, immersing readers in the scenic beauty of the English countryside. The author’s attention to detail brings the characters and settings to life, making it easy to visualize the grandeur of the Haldhurst estate or the simple charm of a neighboring village.

Moreover, the characters are well-developed and relatable, each harboring their own hidden pasts and motivations. Emily, in particular, is a strong and resilient protagonist who faces numerous challenges with grace and determination. Her interactions with the other characters are dynamic and engaging, adding depth to the story as their relationships evolve.

The pacing of the narrative is steady, allowing for a gradual build-up of suspense. Meade expertly unravels the story's mysteries, keeping readers guessing until the very end. The unexpected plot twists and turns will leave readers on the edge of their seats, eager to uncover the truth alongside the characters.

One aspect that stands out in this novel is Meade’s exploration of societal issues and the limitations placed on women during the Victorian era. Through the lens of her well-developed characters, the author challenges the conventions of the time, highlighting the struggles faced by women striving to assert their independence and make their own choices.

In conclusion, How It All Came Round is a riveting novel that seamlessly blends historical fiction, mystery, and romance. L. T. Meade's skillful storytelling and richly drawn characters make this book an enjoyable and thought-provoking read. Whether you are a fan of Victorian literature or simply seeking an engrossing tale, this book is sure to captivate and entertain.

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[Illustration: MRS. L. T. MEADE.]



The room had three occupants, two were men, the third a woman. The men were middle aged and gray haired, the woman on the contrary was in the prime of youth; she was finely made, and well proportioned. Her face was perhaps rather too pale, but the eyes and brow were noble, and the sensitive mouth showed indications of heart as well as intellect.

The girl, or rather young woman, for she was past five and twenty, sat by the fire, a book on her knee. The two men had drawn chairs close to a table. The elder of these men bore such an unmistakable likeness to the girl, that even the most casual observer must have guessed the relationship which existed between them. He was a handsome man, handsomer even than his daughter, but the same individualities marked both faces. While, however, in the woman all was a profound serenity and calm, the man had some anxious lines round the mouth, and some expression, now coming, now going, in the fine gray eyes, which betokened a long felt anxiety.

The other and younger man was shrewd looking and commonplace; but a very close observer of human nature might have said, "He may be commonplace, but do not feel too certain; he simply possesses one of those faces which express nothing, from which not the cleverest detective in Scotland Yard could extract any secret... Continue reading book >>

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