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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Review - Cynthia Harrod Eagles - THE OAK APPLE

It is 1630 and the civil war along with Charles I is in full stride in England. It is a period which I am totally unfamiliar with.

Families are divided by the growth of this new idea about the Puritan faith and the Morland family are not exempted. Richard brings home a bride who is not just a Puritan but wants to convert the Morland clan to the new faith. We have Edmund and his wife striving to maintain an oasis of calm amidst the war - all Edmund wants is to maintain the estate for the benefit of the generations to come. He does not care for Cromwell or the King - he just wants to get on with his business.

As the war goes on and on the clan is decimated - one by one sons, cousins, brothers, nephews all die - on this side or that and you get steadfast Edmund trying to cling to his beliefs and his estate amongst the spoils of war.

Again a story that could be read alone - despite it being part of a series. The Morland family tree relevant to the particular story is always part of the book which adds greatly to my interest.

4 comments:

Blodeuedd said...

What I know from that time is that it was horrible, oh and the clothes were ugly ;)

Darlene said...

This series sounds so good. I wish it was available as an eBook.

WhiteWhispers2u said...

I so wish I could send you our rain.~Cheers Kim

gillyflower said...

These historical novels sound good - even though you say it could be read alone, I find if I really enjoy one of a series I want to read them all in in order!
Thanks for visiting, I hope you find your Grandmothers crinoline ladies - the workmanship of those hand embroidered linens is usually marvellous and to be admired!
Gill x