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Melbourne House   By: (1819-1885)

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Melbourne House by Susan Warner is a captivating novel that takes readers on an emotional journey through the complex lives of its characters. Set in the 19th century, this book explores themes of family, love, and personal growth against the backdrop of Victorian society.

The story revolves around the events that unfold within Melbourne House, the primary setting and a crucial anchor for the narrative. From the very beginning, Warner skillfully introduces us to a diverse cast of characters, each with their own distinct voice and personality. The vivid descriptions allow readers to form an immediate connection with them, making their struggles and triumphs feel incredibly real.

At the heart of the story is Mary Keith, a young woman whose life takes an unexpected turn when she becomes the governess of Melbourne House. Mary's journey serves as the main thread of the novel, and her growth as a character is truly remarkable. Through her experiences, Warner explores the limitations placed on women in that era and the challenges they faced in asserting their independence and finding fulfillment.

One of the strengths of Melbourne House lies in its ability to seamlessly weave together multiple storylines. Warner effortlessly transitions between different perspectives, providing a broader understanding of the interconnected lives within the house. This allows readers to delve into the lives of other characters, such as the enigmatic Mrs. Ogilvie and the charming Major Keith, Mary's cousin.

Furthermore, the descriptive prose in this novel is exquisite. Warner's attention to detail transports readers to the Victorian era, immersing them in the sights, sounds, and even the social dynamics of that time. Whether it is the opulence of Melbourne House or the bustling streets of the city, every scene comes to life, making the experience of reading this book all the more immersive.

Melbourne House is not without its flaws, though. Certain sections of the story feel slightly dragged out, and there are moments when the pacing slows down. Additionally, the language used may seem somewhat archaic to modern readers, requiring some adjustment. However, these minor grievances do not detract significantly from the overall impact of the novel.

Ultimately, Melbourne House is a compelling read that captures the essence of its era with remarkable authenticity. Susan Warner's masterful storytelling transports readers to a different time and place, immersing them in a world where love, family, and personal growth intertwine. While the book may not be for everyone, fans of historical fiction looking for a well-crafted narrative will undoubtedly find enjoyment in this engaging novel.

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Warner, Susan, 1819 1885, Melbourne House, 1864, Ward Lock edition 1907.

Produced by Daniel FROMONT

MELBOURNE HOUSE

BY ELIZABETH WETHERELL

AUTHOR OF "WIDE, WIDE WORLD."

"Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right." Prov. xx. 11

LONDON

WARD LOCK AND C° LIMITED

1907

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I. DAISY'S QUESTION

CHAPTER II. THE PONY CHAISE

CHAPTER III. THE BIRTHDAY

CHAPTER IV. THE HAM

CHAPTER V. STRAWBERRIES

CHAPTER VI. THE EPERGNE

CHAPTER VII. A SOLDIER

CHAPTER VIII. GEOGRAPHY

CHAPTER IX. AFTER TROUT

CHAPTER X. A FIELD OF BATTLE

CHAPTER XI. THE WOUNDED HAND

CHAPTER XII. THE HUNDRED DOLLARS

CHAPTER XIII. OBEDIENCE

CHAPTER XIV. SUNDAY EVENING

CHAPTER XV. SCHROEDER'S MOUNTAIN

CHAPTER XVI. JUANITA'S COTTAGE

CHAPTER XVII. THE LITTLE CONFESSOR

CHAPTER XVIII. WONDERFUL THINGS

CHAPTER XIX. THE DOCTOR

CHAPTER XX. SUN AND MOON

CHAPTER XXI. TEA AT HOME

CHAPTER XXII. BEING ROBBED

CHAPTER XXIII. THE MAP OF ENGLAND

CHAPTER XXIV. THE PICNIC PARTY

CHAPTER XXV. A SHOWER

CHAPTER XXVI. DAISY'S SUPPER

CHAPTER XXVII. RANSOM AND FIDO

CHAPTER XXVIII. MRS. GARY'S PRESENT

CHAPTER XXIX. THE ROSEBUSH

CHAPTER XXX. MOLLY'S GARDEN

CHAPTER XXXI. THE PICTURES

CHAPTER XXXII... Continue reading book >>




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