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Kitty Trenire   By: (1866-1924)

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In "Kitty Trenire" by Mabel Quiller-Couch, readers are transported to the charming and picturesque countryside of Cornwall in the 19th century. This delightful novel follows the life of the spirited and determined young protagonist, Kitty Trenire, as she navigates the challenges of love, society, and personal growth.

From the very first page, the author's vivid descriptions of the lush landscapes and the unique culture of Cornwall draw readers into Kitty's world. Quiller-Couch effortlessly brings to life the idyllic countryside, with its rolling hills, rugged cliffs, and picturesque fishing villages. The author's meticulous attention to detail allows readers to immerse themselves in the sights, sounds, and scents of this enchanting setting.

Kitty Trenire herself is a well-developed character, full of depth and complexity. She is a woman ahead of her time, brimming with curiosity and an unyielding desire for independence. As the story unfolds, we witness Kitty's journey from a naive and sheltered young woman to a courageous and confident individual who learns to navigate her way through the societal expectations placed upon her. It is refreshing to see such a strong female lead in a novel set during a time when women's roles were often limited and defined by societal norms.

Quiller-Couch's writing style is elegant and eloquent, capturing the essence of the time period effortlessly. The dialogues between characters are witty and engaging, and the author's attention to detail creates a believable and immersive world for readers to lose themselves in. Moreover, the pacing of the story is well-balanced, ensuring that the narrative flows smoothly without any dull moments.

One of the standout aspects of "Kitty Trenire" is the author's profound insight into the human psyche and emotions. Quiller-Couch delves deep into themes of love, loss, and self-discovery, poignantly exploring the complexities of relationships and the intricacies of human nature. Emotions are portrayed with depth and authenticity, making the characters and their experiences relatable and resonant.

On the downside, readers looking for a fast-paced plot or explosive twists may find themselves disappointed. "Kitty Trenire" is a quiet, character-driven tale that focuses more on the internal journeys of its characters rather than on grand adventures or thrilling plotlines. However, this slower pace allows for a deeper exploration of the characters' inner lives, making it a rewarding and emotionally satisfying read.

Overall, "Kitty Trenire" is a beautifully written historical novel that captivates readers with its charming setting, well-rounded characters, and poignant exploration of human emotions. Mabel Quiller-Couch's masterful storytelling transports readers to another time and place, immersing them in a world of love, self-discovery, and the beauty of Cornwall. Fans of historical fiction and those seeking a character-driven narrative that tugs at the heartstrings will surely find solace in this touching and engaging novel.

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I. Fate and a Rusty Nail.

II. The News, and how they received it.

III. A Drive and a Slice of Cake.

IV. Storms at Home and Abroad

V. In Wenmere Woods.

VI. Tea at the Farm.

VII. The "Rover" takes them Home.

VIII. A Bad Beginning.

IX. The Coming of Anna.

X. Lessons, Alarms, and Warnings.

XI. Poor Kitty!

XII. Those Dreadful Stockings.

XIII. An Exciting Night.

XIV. Mokus and Carrots

XV. Missing!

XVI. Banished.

XVII. "Good in Everything".

XVIII. Threatening Clouds.

XIX. Betty's Escapade.

XX. Kitty's Hands are Full.

XXI. The Last.



On such an afternoon, when all the rest of the world lay in the fierce glare of the scorching sun, who could blame the children for choosing to perch themselves on the old garden wall, where it was so cool, and shady, and enticing? And who, as Kitty often asked tragically in the days and weeks that followed, could have known that by doing so "they were altering their fates for ever"?

The four of them talked a great deal in those days of their "fates;" it sounded so mysterious and grand, and so interesting too, for, of course, no one could know what lay in store for them all, and the most wonderful and surprising events might happen... Continue reading book >>

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