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The Beckoning Hills (The Quantock Quartet #2)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  131 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Published in the USA as Frances's Story.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 8th 2002 by Walker Books Ltd (first published 1987)
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I do enjoy this author's style and bright characters! She lets you see beyond what the characters say, and into what they feel. That said, I liked Sarah's Story better, mainly because of the kind of person Sarah was. Frances is very different from her sisters. She lives in her own world made of paint and she tries to keep it that way, not letting herself become too bothered by the outside world.

She loves her family, and would do nearly anything for them. But she doesn't come out of her paint bo
After her parents die, Frances, the eldest of the Purcell sisters, is responsible for three younger siblings. She alternates between worrying about them and obsessing about her own career as an artist, and is convinced that romantic love would simply distract her from fulfilling her potential. This may be unfair to the man that both she and her youngest sister love.
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At first I felt like I was re-reading Sarah and felt impatient but as the story progressed I was drawn more and more into Frances' story and it was excellent. Looking forward to beginning the next book shortly. I was so fortunate to be able to borrow all four at the same time.
This is in a series. I just read Sarah's story and liked it so kept reading the series. I have a feeling this one will be better than the last.
skimmed large chunks, I really couldn't handle the self-centred-ness of the main character.
I really can't find any words to describe how much I love this book.
Jul 30, 2007 Deb rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: wwI women's fiction
Did you like testament of youth? Read this series.
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