Nightingale Wood

Nightingale Wood

Book - 2009
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Life is not quite a fairytale for poor Viola. Left penniless, the young widow is forced to live with her late husband's family in a joyless old house. There's Mr Wither, a tyrannical old miser, Mrs Wither, who thinks Viola is just a common shop girl, and two unlovely sisters-in-law, one of whom is in love with the chauffeur. Only the prospect of the charity ball can raise Viola's spirits - especially as Victor Spring, the local prince charming, will be there. But Victor's intentions towards our Cinderella are, in short, not quite honourable.
Publisher: London : Virago, 2009.
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: x, 387 p. ;,20 cm.
Notes: Originally published: London: Longmans, Green, 1938.

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bluehydrangea
Apr 13, 2018

A long and involving fairytale-like story which is very much of its time. The characters are just slightly larger than life and their fate is described in a clear-eyed, unsentimental way. And I'm glad I read it! I enjoyed it.

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GwynAub
Mar 07, 2015

A fantastic, and long out of print book by the author of "Cold Comfort Farm". A wonderful re-imagining of Cinderella, and a treat for fans of "Downton Abbey"!

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Morwen
Apr 21, 2012

I enjoyed it so much and look forward to reading it again. Made me think of Enchanted April. Subtle but magical.

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kazareads
Apr 14, 2012

A real pleasure to read. Beautifully and wittily written with clever understanding of characters in a somewhat unreal, or a cloistered world. (It's the 1930s - only hints of whats brewing internationally)
A kind of Cinderella story where miserable lives are transformed and it's all very satisfying!

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