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Larkswood By Valerie Mendes,

  • Title: Larkswood
  • Author: Valerie Mendes
  • ISBN: 140912939
  • Page: 121
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the tradition of THE FORSYTE SAGA, a sweeping historical novel that spans three generations, telling the dark secrets of a family torn apart.Larkswood House The very name suggests birdsong, peace and elegance It is home to the Hamilton children Edward, Cynthia and Harriet who enjoy the freedom and excitement of privilege But in the glorious summer of 1896, with aIn the tradition of THE FORSYTE SAGA, a sweeping historical novel that spans three generations, telling the dark secrets of a family torn apart.Larkswood House The very name suggests birdsong, peace and elegance It is home to the Hamilton children Edward, Cynthia and Harriet who enjoy the freedom and excitement of privilege But in the glorious summer of 1896, with absent parents and a departed governess, disaster strikes the family, leaving it cruelly divided.More than 40 years later, on the eve of the Second World War, Louisa Hamilton, newly presented at court but struck down with glandular fever, is sent to Larkswood to recuperate There, for the first time, she meets her grandfather, Edward, home after decades in India.But as Louisa begins to fall under the spell of Larkswood, she realises it holds the key to the mystery that shattered her family two generations before Will she find the courage to unravel the dark secrets of the past And can Larkswood ever become home to happiness again
    Larkswood In the tradition of THE FORSYTE SAGA a sweeping historical novel that spans three generations telling the dark secrets of a family torn apart Larkswood House The very name suggests birdsong peace a

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    1. This really is a rather silly book, it is beyond melodramatic, a real modern gothic novel Certain parts of the writing made me cringe, for example all of the villagers seemed to end every sentence with the phrase certain sure this was rather irritating However despite the obvious flaws of this book I found myself really enjoying it The story goes from one extreme to another set in 1939 and in the late 19th century this story has a huge rambling gothic house, incest, cruel parents, disinherited c [...]

    2. This book is a children s book With incest Although it s easy to read the lack of depth, characterization, and being chock a block full of age old cliches, leaves this book severely lacking And kind of laughable And extremely frustrating.There was a basis of a good story there, but, unfortunately, the author failed to deliver it.It was a little like reading through treacle.Everything seemed to be coated with sugar There wasn t anything that struck a real emotional cord within I couldn t comprehe [...]

    3. A sweeping historical novel that spans three generations, telling the dark secrets of a family torn apart So said the publicity material for Larkswood by Valerie Mendez, and of course, that was enough to make me want to read it The cover is also appealing to me what secrets lie behind that window With the promise of melodrama and intrigue, I settled down with this book, hoping for a read that left me content and as much in love with reading as ever.Using the popular dual time period narrator dev [...]

    4. Exquisitely evocative and multilayered this profoundly poignant novel is a must read Capturing the elegance of Downton Abbey or Netherwood and ideal for fans of Julia Gregson and Kate Furnivall this is a story targeted towards a wide readership This delicious debut spans across a vast three generations and alternate time periods, in the vein of Bee Ridgeway s the river of no return or likewise a Barbara Erskine historical novel Larkswood House tells the dark secrets of a family torn apart, and i [...]

    5. This This It has all the things I like in a light read, with it s grand old mansion in the English countryside, it s hints at family secrets, it s estranged family members and the dual time narrative which flashes back and forth between the 1890s and the onset of WW2 But then we get to know the secrets in question and it s just so SILLY So unbelievable and so very, very silly, even stupid Come on, lady, YOU HAD ONE JOB Please don t write anything again, ever.In this tale of utter unlikeliness an [...]

    6. This novel begins with Louisa Hamilton and her coming out as a debutante in 1939, alongside her much prettier sister, Millicent For Millicent, and her mother Gloria, the season is all that matters but Louisa finds it a chore When she is taken ill with glandular fever, her mother is concerned that Millicent s marriage chances will be ruined than with her younger daughter Louisa is sent to Larkswood Hall, deep in the heart of Hampshire, where her grandfather has just returned after than forty ye [...]

    7. A sign of a good story is that I stayed awake last night to finish the last 100 pages when I should have asleep April 2016I read this is October 2015 and sadly never got round to reviewing properly I know I thoroughly enjoyed it Proof of this is that I stayed awake to finish the last 100 pages when I should have been asleep Recommended to anyone that enjoys a family saga with plenty of drama and intriguendyloumacbookreviewsspo

    8. What a silly story with a byline that might make a few readers uneasy.This reader was certainly not impressed.

    9. I ve been hesitating about putting this review up, as I received the book for free through the First Reads scheme, and I wasn t sure how fair it might be to put up a rather luke warm review But I decided in the end that it s in the spirit of First Reads to be totally honest So here s my review.The synopsis of this book was really intriguing dark secrets, families torn apart, a historical reach spanning generations What s not to like The introductory chapter didn t disappoint, either, setting up [...]

    10. This book is a frothy concoction with a dark secret at the heart The writing is very golly gosh and utterly cringeworthy much of the time The rather unsavoury secret isn t actually revealed until 75% in, but it s heavily signposted very early on and is very easy to guess When it is revealed, everyone seems to sweep it under the carpet as insignificant, which is odd to say the least The characters are flimsy cut outs, with nary a stereotype unused Our heroine, Louisa, is a busybody of the highest [...]

    11. I received this book free as part of good reads first reads.Firstly thank you so much to Orion and Valerie Mendes for allowing me to read such a fantastic book for free and before general release I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the story gripped me from the first page sucking me into the world, it even made me cry The author obviously put in her research for this book and I loved all the informative touches such as the cost of the car and mentioning of branded of the time products All the charac [...]

    12. one dimensional characters, very heavily cliched I had no empathy with the characters , unbelievable story line Mills an Boon ending.utter tosh, I was actually tutting out loud as I further got into the book at the silliness of the language used by the charactersDrivel

    13. I thought this was a lovely first adult novel from Valerie Mendes on similar lines to Kate Morton and Rachel Hore The ending left you wondering if there was another book about Louisa and Tom

    14. LARKSWOOD is a very, very good read I m not usually a fan of different time lines, but it works well here I raced through this book eager to find out how everything tied together.

    15. This historical novel spans three generations of The Hamilton Family and their links with the Gothic Larkswood House From the late 1800s to the beginning of WW1, the reader is treated to intertwining stories from Edward, his two sisters and his Grandchildren Skeletons, intrigue and mystery are abound and Louisa Hamilton, the youngest grandchild, is determained to uncover the hidden past of Larkswood No matter who is upsets in the process Over 450 pages of historical fiction, this book started of [...]

    16. I received this book as a Good Reads First Reads.I love the cover of this book it leads you to believe there is intrigue and a fabulous story lying within the pages and you d be right.The story is a generations of the same family from alternate times told between parts of the 1890s and the 2nd world war.Louisa Hamilton is a debutante in 1939 but when she takes ill she is sent to live with her widower grandfather in Larkswood At first she hates it and all she wants to do is get well and go home b [...]

    17. Larkswood House The very name suggests birdsong, peace and elegance It is home to the Hamilton children Edward, Cynthia and Harriet who enjoy the freedom and excitement of privilege But in the glorious summer of 1896, with absent parents and a departed governess, disaster strikes the family, leaving it cruelly divided More than forty years later, on the eve of the Second World War, Louisa Hamilton, newly presented at court but struck down with glandular fever, is sent to Larkswood to recuperate [...]

    18. While the author bravely took on what she and her editors have considered the last taboo, incest, and while the story weaves together the history and culture of the waning days of British aristocracy, going back and forth between the end of the nineteenth century and the eve of World War II, too many of the characters remain stock characters Admirably, none of the major characters is presented in totally glowing or totally demonic terms, except perhaps Louisa, the youngest member of the Hamilton [...]

    19. This book does feel like a guilt pleasure The style of writing wasn t great, it was like my own nah, who would ever like it anyway, never mind first drafts The characters were flat, and I did not always like Louisa Their reactions often were over the top dramatic, the story both over the top horrid and over the top sweet at times If I purely had my reviewers hat on, I probably couldn t have given the book than one star.I didn t Sometimes there are books that, however badly written, fit into you [...]

    20. Interesting story about a family s dark past The truth proves to be very unexpected The story takes place in two time periods in 1897 when the family scandal took place at Larkswood House and was hastily covered up, and in 1939, when the granddaughter of one of the members involved int he scandal come back to the house Louisa Hamilton falls ill during her debut Season in London and is sent to stay with her grandfather at Larkswood to recover As she does, she discovers both the family secrets, an [...]

    21. Larkswood and all its secrets This is a historical fiction novel, my favourite of all genres The novel is set in Larkswood House, a beautiful home filled to the brim with the darkest of secrets revolving around the privileged Hamilton family Flitting between the years 1897 and 1939, the tragedies marked by war, grief, social attitudes, are all painfully put to the page They all play such a devastating part in marring the lives of the Hamilton children young Edward, Harriet and Cynthia Perhaps ev [...]

    22. This book happened to surprise me than any other book I have read, I really don t want to spoil it for anyone as it is encapsulating should you read it and discover for yourself the hidden gem What I will say is that it gives a glimpse into the history of the war but in such a way that is sympathetic but not melancholy This book will alter your perception of things or leave you outraged, but hopefully not the latter It s written in such a way that we can become familiar with each of the charact [...]

    23. As I understand it, this book is Valerie Mendes s first attempt at an adult novel It shows The idea is good and I think it could have been an excellent read but I kept getting annoyed by the juvenile phrasing.I seemed to me that the writer was adding some shock horror elements just to make it grown up.I also began to think that if Harriet took Cynthia in her arms once I would puke The tension, was the sort of thing that I would have loved as a teenage reader but I need something subtle now Al [...]

    24. Quite possibly unfair of me to be writing a review on this book as I haven t read it all However I felt it only right to do so The flowery over exaggerated writing had me cringing from the start and really put me off Not sure if the writer was trying to impress with this style but it did not impress me at all I am afraid I called a halt quite early on in the book It says at the front of the book this is the writers only novel and the rest are young adult ones, perhaps that is where her talent li [...]

    25. I wasn t expecting much from this book due to the mediocre reviews I had read on here, however I do enjoy reading the occasional book from a different era so thought I d give it a try and I m grateful I did Great attention to detail and informative of WW2 era which I thoroughly enjoyed learning about The run up to the war adds an edge of tension that I m not sure would be there otherwise.Captivating family intrigue with a few surprises thrown in.

    26. I really enjoyed this, nice twists and set the scene well I would like to have given it 5 stars but the biggest plot twist was a bit far fetched Otherwise really good

    27. Light, entertaining read One you can easily pick up and put down without losing the thread Slightly bizarre storyline But a good read nonetheless.

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