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As Harry researches locations for a BBC drama in rural Sussex, he begins to fall for Ellie, a spirited and independently-minded local artist. Ellie is cataloging the former home of the largely forgotten Victorian stained glass artist Charles Eamer Kempe, at the request of its unscrupulous and domineering owner Serena Ross. The two unwittingly become embroiled not only in a ...more
Paperback, 250 pages
Published May 28th 2016 by Troubador
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Kathy
Sep 17, 2016 marked it as to-read
Just won this as from Goodreads. Can't wait to read it.
Danni
Jun 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An immaculately crafted romantic mystery, David Smith does a brilliant job of delivering an intriguing, sometimes amusing and often unsettling story that is both plausible and vivid. A reasonably quick book to read I thought it was extremely well written with superbly nuanced characters that quickly come to life and are easy to imagine in the context of both location and narrative. For readers looking for something special this is the one.
Jennifer Moville
Sep 07, 2016 rated it liked it
I received this book as part of Good Reads First Reads

The characters come to life in this story which also contains letters from Charles Eamer Kempe who was a stained glass designer in Victorian times. It follows relationships such as Harry who scouts locations for film shoots and Ellie who is an artist and also Ryan who is trying to get his hands on Mrs Ross' art collection and his on/off fiancee Monica. Ellie is hire to catalogue the art collection and sneaky Ryan is always there trying to get
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Ellie
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really nice light read. Perfect for a summer read.There was something missing but I'm not sure what it was otherwise itd be 5 stars.
I won this on goodreads giveaways in turn for an honest review.
S.C. Skillman
Jun 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I found this a fascinating novel, with a contemporary setting in the village of Lindfield in West Sussex. The plot is based upon that of Henry James' novel "The Spoils of Poynton" (published in 1897). David Smith interweaves this plot with a series of letters opening up the personal life of the great Victorian stained glass designer Charles Eamer Kempe who was closely associated with Lindfield, and a friend of the preRaphaelites as well as the family of Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll). I became ...more
Anita
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to receive this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways, with thanks to the author.
At the heart of the story is a country house and its occupants, past and present, and introduces us to the great Victorian stained glass master, Charles Eamer Kempe. The narrative describes the development of the tangled relationships between the main characters, set against a backdrop of famous Sussex locations.
There is something quite appealing about reading a book set in a region familiar w
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Sharon
Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
A complex story weaving historical fact about Charles Kempe into a modern tale of greed, love, lust, family pride and murder. The story builds, the characters reveal themselves and the ongoing plot slowly sorts itself out. An interesting book that gently catches you up to a surprise finish.
Maureen
May 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a Goodreads Giveaway.
Jay Odd
Aug 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Love in Lindfield follows the likeable character of Harry, a TV researcher scouting for a suitable old house in rural Sussex. He’s a believable, relatable figure who unwittingly gets mixed up in some comparatively unlikely dramas. Luckily for us, Harry finds it all a bit unbelievable too, so he’s the perfect protagonist to hang on to for this ride.

Although Love in Lindfield is a fairly straight forward love story, the book kept me pondering throughout. I couldn’t quite second-guess what each cha
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CuteBadger
May 07, 2017 rated it liked it
I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this book as a Goodreads Giveaway some time ago but it took some time to reach the top of my "to read" pile. I'm always interested in anything with a Victorian element so greatly enjoyed the researcher's work in the book which gave us an insight into the lives of well-known characters from the era. The plot based around two eras of time and researchers looking into the past reminded me of A S Byatt's "Possession".

I enjoyed the life of the village in moder
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Claire Davis
May 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
I received this book through Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I have given this book two out of five stars ⭐⭐ It too me almost a month to get through this book, I have been very busy in between this time but if I had enjoyed it more i would've made more time to read it. It didn't help that I was still mid-reading slump either! I found it difficult to connect with the characters and the storyline too. I didn't like the way it was written either, I felt it kept jumping from cha ...more
Mari
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
I bought this as a holiday read, having read a positive review from a friend. It had looked promising, involving some historical figures such as a minor Pre-Raphaelite and the writer Lewis Carroll. However, the style just didn't draw me in, and the characters (I found others may disagree) seemed wooden.
Passed it to the Oxfam shop: maybe someone else will have a different reaction to it! And Oxfam will benefit from a few pounds...
Lisa
Sep 14, 2016 rated it liked it
I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. Thank you to the author for signing it as well. It follows a dispute with the current owners of a house and tells of the previous owner (Charles Eamer Kempe) through a series of letters uncovered. At times I struggled to fully engage with the characters but I enjoyed the interaction between the present and the past.
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Described as an exciting voice in Contemporary Literature, David Smith has published four novels all with strong themes of romance and intrigue. His first novel Searching For Amber has been described as "A powerful and notably memorable debut" with a review describing it as "masterly and confident" and another as "Extraordinary, poetic, enchanting, sublime". His latest novel Letters to Strabo has ...more