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The Pigeon Pie   By: (1823-1901)

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The Pigeon Pie by Charlotte Mary Yonge is a captivating historical fiction novel set in the early 18th century. The story follows the lives of two sisters, Avice and Margaret, who find themselves caught up in a web of political intrigue and romantic entanglements.

Yonge's attention to detail in describing the period is truly impressive. From the intricate clothing to the lavish settings, she transports the reader back in time, immersing them in the world of the English aristocracy. The author's rich descriptions create a vivid and realistic picture of the era, making it easy to imagine the characters' lives unfold.

The plot of The Pigeon Pie is filled with unexpected twists and turns that keep the reader engaged throughout. While the overarching narrative centers around the sisters' search for love and belonging, Yonge skillfully weaves in political subplots that add depth and complexity to the story. The political landscape of the time is usefully explored, shedding light on the turbulent historical events happening in the backdrop.

The characters in this novel are well-developed and relatable. Avice and Margaret, in particular, are strong female protagonists who defy societal expectations for women of their time. Their determination and resilience are inspiring, and their personal growth throughout the story is both believable and heartwarming.

Yonge's writing style is elegant and lyrical, making for a truly enjoyable reading experience. Her prose flows effortlessly, and her attention to detail brings the story and characters to life. However, some readers may find the pacing of the book to be slow in certain sections, as Yonge takes her time building the intricate relationships between the characters.

Overall, The Pigeon Pie is a well-crafted historical fiction novel that transports readers to a captivating era. Charlotte Mary Yonge's masterful storytelling, rich descriptions, and compelling characters make this book a worthwhile read for fans of the genre.

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by Charlotte M. Yonge


Early in the September of the year 1651 the afternoon sun was shining pleasantly into the dining hall of Forest Lea House. The sunshine came through a large bay window, glazed in diamonds, and with long branches of a vine trailing across it, but in parts the glass had been broken and had never been mended. The walls were wainscoted with dark oak, as well as the floor, which shone bright with rubbing, and stag's antlers projected from them, on which hung a sword in its sheath, one or two odd gauntlets, an old fashioned helmet, a gun, some bows and arrows, and two of the broad shady hats then in use, one with a drooping black feather, the other plainer and a good deal the worse for wear, both of a small size, as if belonging to a young boy.

An oaken screen crossed the hall, close to the front door, and there was a large open fireplace, a settle on each side under the great yawning chimney, where however at present no fire was burning. Before it was a long dining table covered towards the upper end with a delicately white cloth, on which stood, however, a few trenchers, plain drinking horns, and a large old fashioned black jack, that is to say, a pitcher formed of leather. An armchair was at the head of the table, and heavy oaken benches along the side... Continue reading book >>

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