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The Privet Hedge   By: (1868-1931)

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The Privet Hedge by J. E. Buckrose takes readers on a captivating journey through a small English village, where secrets and conflicts lie hidden behind the seemingly idyllic fa├žade of its residents. Set in the early 20th century, Buckrose's novel expertly captures the spirit of the era, immersing readers in a world of fascinating characters and intricate plotlines.

The narrative revolves around the lives of the charming Brooke family and their neighbors, the illustrious rich heiress, Miss Arnold, and the reserved Mr. Fretwell. As events unfold, a mysterious secret buried within the confines of the privet hedge unfolds, inspiring curiosity and providing tension throughout the story.

What separates The Privet Hedge from other novels of its time is the author's meticulous attention to detail, which transports readers to this enchanting village. Buckrose's vivid descriptions of the charming countryside and the beautiful manor houses evoke a sense of nostalgia, making the setting come alive in the readers' minds.

While the story is primarily focused on the interactions of the characters, Buckrose tastefully weaves in elements of romance, suspense, and even a hint of the supernatural. The romantic subplot adds depth to the narrative, creating a delightful love triangle that keeps readers captivated until the very end.

Additionally, the author's skill in character development shines throughout the novel. Each character, whether major or minor, is intricately crafted with their own distinct personalities and quirks. The reader becomes emotionally invested in their journeys, experiencing their joys and heartaches alongside them.

Furthermore, The Privet Hedge delves into themes of social class and societal expectations, allowing readers to reflect on the rigid structures of early 20th-century England. Through the characters' struggles and triumphs, Buckrose invites us to question these norms and consider the impact they have on individuals' lives.

Although the novel starts slowly, it gradually picks up pace as the secrets hidden behind the privet hedge begin to unravel. Buckrose ingeniously manages to maintain a delicate balance between mystery and resolution, ensuring that readers remain engaged till the very last page.

The Privet Hedge is a remarkable work of fiction that transports readers to a bygone era and immerses them in the lives of its captivating characters. With its exquisite prose, clever plot twists, and nuanced exploration of social dynamics, J. E. Buckrose's novel is a must-read for fans of historical fiction. Prepare to be enchanted by The Privet Hedge's timeless tale of secrets, love, and the human spirit.

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The Privet Hedge

By

J. E. BUCKROSE

[Transcriber's note: J. E. Buckrose is the pseudonym for Annie Edith Jameson.]

By the Same Author

THE HOUSE WITH THE GOLDEN WINDOWS YOUNG HEARTS THE GIRL IN FANCY DRESS MARRIAGE WHILE YOU WAIT THE GOSSIP SHOP THE SILENT LEGION THE TALE OF MR. TUBBS THE MATCHMAKERS THE ROUND ABOUT DOWN OUR STREET A LITTLE GREEN WORLD BECAUSE OF JANE LOVE IN A LITTLE TOWN THE GREY SHEPHERD

Hodder and Stoughton Limited

London

1921

Contents

CHAP.

I THE COTTAGE II CAROLINE III THE PROMENADE IV THE THREE MEN V THE DANCE ON THE PROMENADE VI MORNING CALLS VII SEA ROKE VIII THE HEIGHT OF THE SEASON IX WEDDING CLOTHES X SUNDAY NIGHT XI THE GALA XII THE END OF THE GALA XIII NEXT MORNING XIV THE CLIFF TOP XV THE CINEMA XVI NEW COMERS XVII THE BENEFIT CONCERT XVIII UPROOTING XIX A WINDY MORNING XX LEVELLING XXI ST. MARTIN'S SUMMER XXII MORNING XXIII ON THE SHORE

Chapter I

The Cottage

At the far end of Thorhaven towards the north was a little square house surrounded by a privet hedge. It had a green door under a sort of wooden canopy with two flat windows on either side, and seemed to stand there defying the rows and rows of terraces, avenues and meanish semi detached villas which were creeping up to it... Continue reading book >>




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