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2.87 of 5 stars 2.87  ·  rating details  ·  15 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Saga of three families living in England and Scotland druing the 17th Century.
297 pages
Published 1989 by Heywood (first published 1978)
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Honor Thwaite is of more ordinary stock, but her father has enough money to get her *married up* to Richard Sawtrey of Daneclere. Not exactly a happy marriage, it isn't a terrible one either and she does her duty seeing to the family manor and raising her children. Honor's story begins at the time of England's Civil Wars, and continues through those of Cromwell (well, he wasn't exactly king but you know what I mean), Charles II, brother Jamie, the glorious revolution and more. That's a very brie ...more
Okay, so you'd think a family saga set in Cromwell's (and post-Cromwell) England would score a big hit with me, but this fell very much short for me. I don't have a problem with the nitty-gritty rapes that occasionally took place, but just about every one (female and male) who was raped ended up *enjoying* it and begging for more. Really?


I still can't get past that and it ruined the rest of the story for me. All the good period dialog and setting got buried in this ridiculous rape stuff.
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I love the concept of many lives under one roof, and seeing how they all branch out in different directions. This book has some uncomfortable and disturbing parts to it, but I still like it because it represents real issues. I have read this book about 5 times and I love it each time.
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