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Frances's Story (The Quantock Quartet #2)

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Originally published in Britain as The Beckoning Hills.
Successful landscape artist Frances Purcell, burdened with responsibility for her three younger sisters and their English country home since their parents died in 1910, fears her art will suffer if she marries the man she has always loved.
Paperback, 300 pages
Published January 7th 2002 by Candlewick Press (first published 1987)
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Nov 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Tweety by: Gemma
Shelves: world-war-1
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
Jul 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: wwI women's fiction
Did you like testament of youth? Read this series.
This was the first time I had reread this series in many, many years, and for the most part I still enjoyed it. I did, however, find these books rather more slowly going than I remember them being. The writing is very descriptive - beautiful! Yet descriptive. And yet there were scenes I remember being powerful and heartbreaking that on this reread felt emotionally lacking. An interesting reread of a series I remember fondly, but not sure I would recommend to many younger readers today (even if i ...more
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Sep 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
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.
Jennifer Nelson
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
Liked: Beautiful writing, fantastic character development, good capture of the era.

Didn't like: Sexual innuendo near the end.
It's got nice parts, but overall I found the book all too predicatble and tedious.
Feb 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: a-favourite, england
I really can't find any words to describe how much I love this book.
Nov 02, 2007 rated it really liked it
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.
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Ruth Elwin Harris says that her historic quartet of novels, THE SISTERS OF THE QUANTOCK HILLS, had its beginnings while she was growing up during World War II. To escape the wartime bombing, she and her brother were sent to live with their grandfather in rural Somerset, England. His house and garden became the model for Hillcrest, the Purcell sisters' family home in the four-part series.

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