The House at Old Vine (House, #2)
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The House at Old Vine (House #2)

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Beginning in the fifteenth century and concluding at the time of the Restoration, this is the second volume in the 'House' trilogy. The House at Old Vine is a colourful account of a turbulent period in English history containing religious persecution, war, rebellion and social change. The house in Suffolk is a dramatic link between the six characters who inhabit it during...more
Paperback, 446 pages
Published July 28th 2000 by House of Stratus (first published 1961)
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I love reading these typical Norah Lofts books that go through the generations. So interesting, though I must confess, fairly depressing in many of the chapters.
The coolest thing though, is that I happened to find this book at a used bookstore in Bern who had English paperbacks for 1 frank. And after a few short minutes of browsing, while my kids are waiting impatiently, I found two books by one of my favorite authors! What a great day.
May 31, 2009 Laura rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Laura by: Alice
The second book of the trilogy on the town house, not so engaging as others Lofts books.
There seems to be much more bitterness in this volume than in the first (The Town House), which was all the sweeter for Maude Reed's Tale. However, this volume of the series was quite interesting.
This story covers 6 generations that all have ties to the home Old Vine. It is broken down into each persons story. I enjoyed the tales and would have rated it higher - except the ending left me dissatisfied. It was almost like the author tired of her tale and just ended the story.
Book two in the Norah Loft's "House trilogy." Interesting historical fiction involving all the people and events connected to an English house from it's building in the 1400's to modern times.
Can't put it down. So good.
Found it a bit longwinded and drawn out, there was little character continuity, and I struggle to enjoy a book when there is no consistent main characters. It was however interesting to se the progression of the houseover several cenuries, but the family relations were a little confusing!
Reed's descendants from the era of Columbus to the restoration of Charles II in 1680.
I love this series of 3 books about a house and all the generations who live in it.
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Read a lot of Norah Lofts too at one time - not at all bad.
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Norah Lofts, née Norah Robinson, (27 August 1904–10 September 1983) was a 20th century best-selling British author. She wrote over fifty books specialising in historical fiction, but she also wrote non-fiction and short stories. Many of her novels, including her Suffolk Trilogy, follow the history of a specific house and the residents that lived in it.

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