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The Sugar House (Frost in May #3)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  176 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
The year is 1920. Clara Batchelor, the heroine of The Lost Traveller, is now an actress with a touring repertory company and is passionately in love with the wholly unsuitable Stephen Tye. When Stephen betrays her, Clara betrays herself by agreeing to marry Archie, the fiance? she discarded four years before. A friendship but not a love match, the marriage is a desperate ...more
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Published August 3rd 2006 by Virago (first published 1952)
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Ali
Oct 15, 2013 Ali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The Sugar House is the third novel in Antonia White’s Frost in May quartet. At the end of The Lost Traveller, Clara Batchelor had just freed herself from an impetuous engagement to Archie Hughes – Follett. As The Sugar House opens, Clara is about to embark on a tour of a play with a theatrical company. She is head over heels in love with Stephen Tye, a fellow actor who will be touring with a different company.

“At last the whole company stood yawning and shivering on York platform. In the murk u
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Diane
Jun 29, 2014 Diane rated it really liked it
"The Sugar House" finds Clara, in 1920, as a young actress with
her first repertory company and madly infatuated with older
actor Stephen Tye. She has grown up a lot in the down to earth
theatrical digs, an occupation she found in much the same way
she had decided to be a governess - because someone suggested
she'd be good at it!!
A very compelling description of just what it must have been
like in a 2nd (or even 3rd) rate company touring the midlands
in the early 20s, Clara having lived a privileged t
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Jun 09, 2016 Roman Clodia rated it it was amazing
This is the 3rd book in White's Frost in May Quartet (Frost in May, The Lost Traveller, Beyond the Glass), and is perhaps the most painful and claustrophobic to read. Clara, now a travelling actress, falls painfully in love and after her inevitable betrayal, retreats to the safety of marriage with Archie. She likes him but feels nothing more, and the burden of his adoration push her closer to the edge. The sheer stifling claustrophobia of her life is so palpable in this novel that I kept wanting ...more
Alessandra Gad
Mar 25, 2012 Alessandra Gad rated it liked it
i had an incredibly hard time rating this book. while it had it's lines, i couldn't help but sometimes feel it was too dated—or simply a waste of time to have read (yet short enough to have read quite easily). also, the particular way she used catholicism to drive the plot (which i know is extremely autobiographical) was tiring to me.
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May 16, 2008 Sherah rated it really liked it
This was the most harshly reviewed of all White's books by contemporary critics. However, its portrayal of despair and impending madness is as poignant as her other more highly praised book, Beyond the Glass.
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Jul 05, 2009 Anne rated it really liked it
This was an intense read, and not as charming as The Lost Traveller, but I really enjoyed it thoroughly. Looking forward to the next one!
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Antonia White was born as Eirine Botting to parents Cecil and Christine Botting in 1899. She later took her mother's maiden name, White.

In 1921 she was married to the first of her three husbands. The marriage was annulled only 2 years later, and reportedly was never consummated. She immediately fell in love again with a man named Robert, who was an officer in the Scots Guards. They never married,
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