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Windyridge: A Classic Yorkshire Novel
Willie Riley's Windyridge was published to popular acclaim in 1912. A charming tale of Yorkshire village life, it is the story of Grace Holden, a young woman from London who feels the 'pull of the heather' and moves to the isolated Yorkshire village of Windyridge. Featuring a cast of Yorkshire characters as well as locations based on real Yorkshire moors and villages, Wind ...more
Paperback, 308 pages
Published April 12th 2010 by Northern Heritage Publications
(first published 1928)
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Found this book recently after coming across the Author, who used to live in a village where we have friends. I really enjoyed this story, written as autobiography of a Woman who escapes the smoke and bustle of London, who on a whim, rents a tiny cottage in a little hamlet on the moors (in actuality it's probably based on Hawksworth near Guiseley)and the relationship she develops over the following year. It's in Jane Austen style and essentially becomes something of a love story. The description ...more
Another book by Riley that I have enjoyed immensely. His descriptions of the moors are wonderfully supported by equally deep descriptions of the characters thoughts, feelings and in many cases the simple faith they live by. The 'Cynic' from the first novel doesn't really feature, allowing the now Mrs Derwent to remain the key person through who's eyes we observe the varied relationships at work in the novel.