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Sarnia

Sarnia Life holds no prospect of luxury or excitement after Sarnia s beloved mother dies potential suitors vanish once they realise that marriage to the orphan will never bring a dowry Yet her post as a lady

  • Title: Sarnia
  • Author: Hilary Ford John Christopher
  • ISBN: 9780992768614
  • Page: 305
  • Format: ebook
  • Life holds no prospect of luxury or excitement after Sarnia s beloved mother dies potential suitors vanish once they realise that marriage to the orphan will never bring a dowry Yet her post as a lady clerk in a London banking house keeps the wolf from the door, and the admiration of her colleague, the worthy Michael, assures her if not of passion, then at least of affecLife holds no prospect of luxury or excitement after Sarnia s beloved mother dies potential suitors vanish once they realise that marriage to the orphan will never bring a dowry Yet her post as a lady clerk in a London banking house keeps the wolf from the door, and the admiration of her colleague, the worthy Michael, assures her if not of passion, then at least of affection.Then the Jelains erupt into her humdrum routine, relatives she did not know she had, and whisk her away to the isle of Guernsey At first she is enchanted by the exotic beauty of the island, by a life of balls and lavish entertainments where the officers of visiting regiments vie for her attention.But Sarnia cannot quite feel at ease within this moneyed social hierarchy especially in the unsettling presence of her cousin Edmund And before long it becomes apparent that, beneath the glittering surface, lurk dark and menacing forcesHer mother had scorned those of her sex who tamely submitted to male domination but, as the mystery of her heritage unfolds, Sarnia becomes all too painfully aware that the freedom she took for granted is slipping from her grasp.

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    1. [2015 edit: revised & polished, now with significantly reduced spoilers. My reviewing technique has evolved over the years. :P]Somewhere in the misty reaches of time -- eh, probably around 2004 -- I read the blurb for SARNIA & ordered it without seeing the cover. Back then I was just beginning my collection of gothics & Victoria Holt-style romance, & I was excited when it arrived. But then I saw the lackluster wrapping -- two-tone boringness that's neither gothic nor bodice-rippe [...]

    2. Read during a quiet day at work. A decent narrative from a working class woman fighting all sides of outside opinion on her life choices.

    3. In Sarnia, a recently orphaned young woman is working as a clerk in a banking house and being wooed by a co-worker. She likes him well enough, but isn’t sure she wants to be married and dependent on a man. Suddenly, her aunt and cousin from the island of Guernsey appear and tell her that she isn’t an orphan after all—her father is still alive and living on Guernsey. Sarnia, our heroine, goes with her aunt and cousin to the island where she is wined and dined, introduced into local society, [...]

    4. I admit I was skeptical to begin with when reading the blurb about this book. I thought to myself that it would be another painful romance with weak female leads and overbearing, too-good-to-be-true male characters. But I am so happy to admit that I was terribly wrong. This book was a beautiful experience. It takes my mind along paths that it has only traveled with books such as Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. I was impressed by the ability of the author to entirely capture your imagination and [...]

    5. I will warn you before we begin, this is not a book for the faint hearted. It is, however, a brilliant, painfully emotive evocation of the powerlessness of women in patriarchal societies, and also in a more subtle way the miseries we inflict on those suffering mental illness by not approaching them with due humanity. As such, I very strongly recommend it.As it typical of Sam Youd, the plot is character-driven, rip-roaring and gripping from the beginning. Our protagonist is a young lady, apparent [...]

    6. We received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review to be posted on The Review Hart.This is a very classic-style romance, which means that it burns more slowly than more contemporary equivalents. That, however, does not mean that it is a bad book. It’s superbly written and will no doubt delight many readers who enjoy that type of romance. The author maintains the character’s voice and the overall tone beautifully, and at no point does it waver or falter. The setting is both [...]

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