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The Shuttle

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  788 Ratings  ·  141 Reviews
This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally importan ...more
Paperback, 572 pages
Published May 29th 2008 by BiblioLife (first published 1906)
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Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There’s a lovely passage in Frances Hodgson-Burnett’s childhood memoir – ‘The One I Knew the Best of All’ – that recalls the joy of imagining what wondrous stories might be inside the books on the highest shelf that she couldn’t quite reach.

‘The Shuttle’ is exactly the right book for that child to have written when she became a grown up author. An author who understood the magic of the story; the very special kind of magic that captures children and makes them into life-long readers. This book
Sandy (CA)
I chose to read this book for an author birthday challenge because, in 2014, I had read To Marry an English Lord: Or How Anglomania Really Got Started and had become interested in the period of history when many wealthy young American women had married British aristocrats, purportedly because the women wanted the title and the men needed the wealth. I had hoped that this fictional perspective of the period, published in 1907, might be a good complement to the non-fiction work.

To my surprise, the
SheriC (PM)
The best part of this book was the story of a smart and determined young woman who travels overseas to rescue her sister from the husband who broke her spirit with deliberate, methodical cruelty. The best (and most surprising) writing in this book is the examination of his cruelty and exposure of the methods of psychological warfare that are used to subjugate one’s partner. It was surprising, because this novel was written in the first decade of the 20th century, long before terms such as “gasli ...more
Reading this book, I couldn't stop feeling that it is some kind of a lesson or a summary of the life. I felt that Frances Hodgson Burnett told me about the life and times she knew in the way that would teach me something. Definitely, it isn't just a novel nor just a story. I think it is a great book for a young people, for those who are on the threshold of adulthood.

The story (plot) itself is also interesting and engaging. There are many different characters, there is a drama. Most of all there
Feb 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
...There are moments in this novel when it feels as if we have returned to the secret garden, as adults, and are allowed to step amongst the ruins of a wonderfully, dilapidated garden that is crying out for a make over.
In fact, the whole book could be read as such. Not only do we find a garden that needs a make-over, but there is an entire English village and its inmates that have been completely neglected. along with its local artistocracy, Mount Dunstan and Lady Anstruthers who are veritible
Who knew that Frances Hodgson Burnett had written books besides The Secret Garden and A Little Princess? I had never heard of The Shuttle, but after this I will certainly be trying some of her other works of fiction. The characters were drawn extremely well and leave very strong impressions. It's a story full of romance and drama, and despite what sounds like a depressing storyline (girl goes to rescue her sister from an abusive husband), there is actually quite a bit of hope and positivity in i ...more
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, american-lit
I wasn’t sure what to expect from ‘The Shuttle’, because Persephone Books editions look lovely but have no blurb. It turned out to be an involving family drama and social commentary in three acts. Act I: a rich American girl marries an impoverished aristocrat, who turns out to be horribly abusive. Act II: after many years, her younger sister comes to visit in the abusive husband’s absence. Act III: husband and sister become locked in a battle of wills. Inevitably, the most fascinating and appeal ...more
A remarkable Librivox read by tabithat. It took me about a chapter to get really involved, and once I did, there was no stopping.

Of course, one might say that Rosalie was too much of a ninny, that Bettina was a tad too perfect, but never mind that, Sir Nigel was the absolute villain, and The Shuttle to me was a real page-turner.
I wholeheartedly recommend it.
Dec 29, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Shuttle could have easily gotten four stars from me. The beginning is strong, and the ending is compelling. The middle, however, gets a bit laborious with condescending vignettes in which characters from backgrounds of wealth or nobility feel ever so edified in interacting with characters from more humble backgrounds. The story could have been a bit more economically crafted.

The protagonist, Betty Vanderpoel, seems to have virtually no flaws. She's repeatedly referred to as having "genius,"
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: persephone
In the 19th century, it became fashionable for American heiresses to marry titled Englishmen, but the marriages didn't always work out. At the beginning of this novel, sweet and innocent Rosalie Vanderpoel is courted by Sir Nigel Anstruthers, who has come to New York seeking an injection of cash for his rundown estate. He whisks Rosy off to England, where he bullies her and isolates her from her family. Twelve years later, her newly grown up sister Bettina sets out to rescue her.

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Frances Eliza Hodgson was the daughter of ironmonger Edwin Hodgson, who died three years after her birth, and his wife Eliza Boond. She was educated at The Select Seminary for Young Ladies and Gentleman until the age of fifteen, at which point the family ironmongery, then being run by her mother, failed, and the family emigrated to Knoxville, Tennessee. Here Hodgson began to write, in order to sup ...more
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