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Castle Orchard

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  11 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
The second novel by E A Dineley, vividly evoking the Georgian era When Johnny Arthur, perpetual debtor and fashionable London dandy, loses his family estate of Castle Orchard in a chess game to the mysterious Captain Allington, wounded veteran of Waterloo, the ripples spread far and wide.

Then suddenly Johnny dies whilst fleeing his debtors, and his wife Caroline and their
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published May 15th 2014 by Corsair
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related to the author's debut (Death of Lyndon Wilder etc - my rv of that here: ) as now Capt. Allington - who appeared as a secondary character there - is the main character here, while major Wilder is referenced too by name as his best friend, but also independent in terms of storyline, this book takes place some 10-12 years after the last starting in 1825 on the 10th anniversary of Waterloo where Cpt Allington has been almost mortally injured in the br ...more
Kristen McDermott
I greatly enjoyed Dineley's previous book, The Death of Lyndon Wilder and the Consequences Thereof, but was disappointed in this one. The characters are unlikable at first (although several grow on you as the story progresses) and their discussions and recollections of the various battles leading up to Waterloo (10 years before the events of this novel) tediously detailed. The resolution is completely foreseeable, although Dineley's evocation of the English countryside and the joys of rural esta ...more
Kathy Cohen
Sep 16, 2015 Kathy Cohen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a darker story than the author's The Death of Lyndon Wilder. It picks up ten years after Waterloo, and follows Capt. Allington, the intriguing intelligence officer from the earlier novel.Still suffering from severe wounds, he wins a decaying estate along with its resident widow and children. The plots in Dineley's novels unwind slowly, and you must pay attention to the details, because they are the clues to what will happen. The story is poignant, dwelling a great deal on soldiers' ...more
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