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Ever After (Williamsburg #3)

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In Ever After, Bracken Murray visits London during the Jubilee summer of 1897 after his wife deserts him. Here he falls in love with an English girl. Meanwhile back in the USA his cousin Fitz rescues a music-hall singer who falls in love with him. '
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Published 1955 by Pocket Cardinal (first published 1945)
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*happy sigh*

Elswyth Thane's series is such a lovely series so far. I've just got to savor the memory of this story :)

It's 1898 and Eden and Cabot, their son Bracken his sister Virginia and their cousin, the black sheep of the family Fritz, are the center of this branch of the Day/Sprague/Murray families.

Eden and Cabot are worried for their son Bracken who's exotic wife has left him for a man with a larger purse. Bracken himself is glad to see the last of his selfish, unfaithful wife, but now i
Terry Stanton
Very light yet satisfying read. Loved the description of battle scenes during the spanish american war. I like how Thane moves inside the character's head and walks the reader through the angst and fear of facing death. And the bar has been set for the measure of a man. Bracken Murray is divine.
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of many novels I picked up for free at a library to create a drawing out of (see the drawing here). Not having a clue what the book was about, or who the author was, I just started reading. And I never stopped. I was swept up in the love story between Dinah and Bracken, and admired how sweet and loving it felt.
What I found the most interesting and enjoyed the most was that the love stories were considered "scandalous" for their time, but in today's society, it's innocent. The behav
Barbara Irene Carter
The story picks up almost 30 years after the close of the civil war in 1865. Again, the Day and Sprague families are the focus as they struggle with their romantic lives and the social and economic forces that effect the choices that they make. New characters are introduced as well as the locale shifts from Williamsburg, to New York and to England. The Spanish-American War is the conflict that effects the great-great grandchildren of Julian Day and St. John Sprague. Highly recommend this book fo ...more
Emma Jane
Sep 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It took me a LONG time to finish this book. And I mean a long time. *cough* As in, almost a month. I know, shameful. Of course, I did read three or four books during that time, but still, that's no excuse.

I enjoyed the first two books in this series immensely and read them both quite rapidly. While it may have taken me longer to get through this one, by no means does that mean it was not equally amazing! I LOVE this series madly. And just so you know, I will never stop ranting about how utterl
Apr 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ever After is the third book in Thane's Williamsburg series, and begins in 1896. Bracken Murray (son of Cabot and Eden in Yankee Stranger), married the wrong woman, and she's left him for a wealthier lover and living the high life somewhere on the continent. Bracken journeys to England with his aunt and sister, and while there sets eyes on fifteen-year-old Dinah, youngest daughter of the Earl of something or other (book's at home), and he knows she is the one he will love until he dies. Problem ...more
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 3 stars
Update: I don't know - I wasn't as engaged or drawn in this reading. Too all over the map? Too many characters and relationships to fret over? I couldn't connect for whatever reason. It stood out to me that Dinah and Gwen both were women in bad situations who needed to be "saved" by Bracken and Fitz, respectively. Now granted, they are truly honorable and genuine gentleman. Thane did know how to write her heroes. Her descriptiveness of settings and people is still the best part of
Kate Joekel
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ever After, by Elswyth Thane, is third in one of my favorite series. This series follows the Sprague and Day families from the American Revolution through WWII. In this book, the families make contact with England and the place that the Sprague family originally came from. These stories are filled with history , description of place and wonderful love stories. I am almost 60 years old, and first read these books more than 40 years ago. Every so often I reread them (in order) just for enjoyment!
May 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just love every one of these I have read. I also love talking about them to my 80 year old friend who is so exited to loan them to me and share. She says she as never loaned these books out before, because they are her favorites. She's had them since the 50's.
Janna Craig
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my comfort books. Not all the books in the Williamsburg Saga are, but this one definitely is. And yes, I know that Elswyth Thane presents a rose-colored view of the late 19th century world in this book, but her characters are just so alive and so irresistible that I'm okay with a skewed perspective in this one.
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Thane is most famous for her "Williamsburg" series of historical fiction. The books cover several generations of a single family from the American Revolutionary War up to World War II. The action moves from Williamsburg in later books to England, New York City and Richmond, Virginia.
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“A house you came to love was like a person, and loved you back, and then you belonged to it forever.” 3 likes
“It's nice to be loved for one's faults and not one's virtues!" "...Knowing that whatever you do or however badly you behave, he still feels the way he said just now." "But if people really love each other their faults don't matter," said Bracken..Dinah regarded him with large, serious eyes. "I wonder how many people could say that," she murmured.” 2 likes
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