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When young John Vincent died, the outward respectability of the Cornwall household was undermined. Strangers pried, asked too many questions and pointed accusing fingers at Charlotte - herself eager to escape from the oppressive atmosphere of her father's home. She fled deep into the countryside and there taught at a school run by the untrusting and untrustworthy Mrs Armit ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 1972 (first published January 1972)
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Feb 13, 2012 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary mysteries
Recommended to Mary by: Paperback Swap
Years before, Charlotte Cornwall's little stepbrother was kidnapped and found murdered. According to circumstantial evidence, Charlotte was implicated. And even though she was acquitted, Charlotte Cornwall was notorious.

Now Charlotte had a new name and a new life. She taught at Homelands - a nice school for nice young women. However, suddenly, some of the things that begin to happen around Charlotte aren't nice at all. The old suspicions are returning. And this time Charlotte is not sure that sh
Mar 20, 2010 Angie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had serious trouble reading this book. For some reason, it really bothered me how Charlotte got blamed for everything and the true culprints went on with their life. Maybe it was because I knew it was based on a true story. I found the book a little strange, which is I guess the beauty of a Norah Loft's suspense story. It was a good story, but it really affected me to the point that I almost stopped reading because I didn't want Charlotte to take the blame! It may have been my mood, and quite ...more
Apr 18, 2012 Linda rated it really liked it
I remember reading Norah Lofts when I was younger, but don't think I read this exact book. This is a great picture of life in Victorian England with a little mystery and a lot of empathy for
the young. Loved it.
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Aug 09, 2011 Edie Schmoll rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every story by this talented author is fantastic! I would buy any book of hers sight unseen/subject unknown.
From the Companion Book Club. Not sure when I finished this, but guessing 1974
Aug 31, 2010 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A young woman is accused of murdering her four-year old brother.
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Also published using the pseudonyms Juliet Astley and Peter Curtis

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 residen
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