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"'Alex,' he said, 'you have a genius for living! You just know how to do it . . . You're alive, and most of us, with our prudence and foresight and realization of our duties, are as dead as stones!'"

Alexandra Hope lives with her unworldly, vegetarian father, her widowed sister and five nieces and nephews in the Scottish village of Crossriggs. Whilst her sister Mathilda
Paperback, 380 pages
Published 1986 by Virago Press (first published 1908)
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Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had lots of reasons to think I would love this book:

•It’s set in a small Scottish town, early in the 20th century.
•It’s is a collaboration between sister authors I writers working together always intrigue me.
•It’s a Virago Modern Classic, and Liz and Ali both loved it.

I did love it. I can’t say that its a great book, but it is a lovely period piece.

Alexandra Hope lives in Crossriggs with her father. He is generous to a fault, he loves to help people and to try new things but he rarely stops to
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Crossriggs is one of the novels that Scottish sisters Jane and Mary Findlater collaborated on together, but they each wrote independently too.

In the tiny Scottish village of Crossriggs, Alexandra Hope lives with her unworldly father. He is an impractical, vegetarian dreamer, called Old Hopeful by the locals, she one of those wonderfully spirited, unconventional Victorian women. Crossriggs is just an hour or so by train to Edinburgh – but it might be much further – it feels like a place far
I'm still puzzling over this one. I enjoyed it, no doubt about that. Alex is an engaging character, described as not so physically attractive, yet loved by 3 men. There are a bunch of quirky people in the story, and these play off each other well - but I can't put my finger on the reason why Alex is interesting. She just is. And though we know her thoughts on many points, there is no full disclosure. We know whom she loves, and who loves her, but it is never really spoken of - as if that part of ...more
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Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I often roam my favorite book blogs to see what others are reading and recommending. (Just what I need, more to read, but nonetheless, I roam away.)

Both Eden Rock and Heavenali praised a somewhat obscure Scottish novel called Crossriggs.

My library didn’t have a copy, so I turned to our inter library system. My little book had to travel almost 700 miles from the library at University of California, Long Beach — which cost me nothing. (Most every library has an inter-library loan arrangement for
The preface by Paul Binding compares this to Emma, with justification, but there are distinct echoes of Little Women, too. (I wonder if Binding just didn't see these, or didn't choose to note them: he says at the end of the preface that the heroine "becomes a little too winningly plucky, nearer to Louisa May Alcott's Jo March...than to the protagonist of a serious novel.")

Anyway, it's a tale of several families in a small Scottish town. The beginning is Cranford-esque, but when the story
Mar 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this tale of Scottish family life in the early 20th century. It does have some elements from earlier well known books (what hasn't) - but it's well written and has some very interesting characters. Quite philosophical.
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked this book a lot. I think it needs a re-read just at New Year, it was that interesting. I will read more of these authors.
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Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
This novel, written in 1908 by a pair of Scottish sisters, feels very much like a romantic novel at first. The heroine, Alex Hope, reminds one of Jo March, with all the pluck but without the sentiment. She’s a more angular and edgy character. All the inhabitants of Crossriggs are seen through her clear, often fond, and sometimes sarcastic eyes. Her father, nicknamed Old Hopeful, is lovable but entirely impractical, to the point of endangering his family, and so Alex takes on the job of ...more
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Mary Williamina Findlater (1865 - 1963) was a Scottish novelist. She was the daughter of a minister of the Free Church of Scotland and the elder sister of Jane Findlater.

Findlater wrote novels and poetry both alone (Songs and Sonnets, 1895; Betty Musgrave, 1899; A Narrow Way, 1901; The Rose of Joy, 1903; and others) and together with Jane (Tales That Are Told, 1901; Beneath the Visiting Moon,
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