Fiercombe Manor

Fiercombe Manor

A Novel

Book - 2015
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In 1933, naive 22-year-old Alice - pregnant and unmarried - is in disgrace. Her mother banishes her from London to secluded Fiercombe Manor in rural Gloucestershire, where she can hide under the watchful eye of her mother's old friend, the housekeeper Mrs. Jelphs. The manor's owners, the Stantons, live abroad. But as Alice endures the long, hot summer at Fiercombe awaiting the baby's birth, she senses that something is amiss with the house and its absentee owners.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, 2015.
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780062332943
Branch Call Number: FIC Riord
Characteristics: 403 pages ; 24 cm.


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Nov 03, 2017

I enjoyed it as I did Birdcage Walk by the same author.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Sep 27, 2017

A bit of a slow start but a great ending.

Here is the recipe for a great gothic or Victorian romance: One part crumbling estate, complete with a distant, moody (yet desirable) male heir. One part young, naïve female sent away by the family she has disgraced. Add a creepy caretaker, a staff of servants with secrets, plenty of shadows, and a hint of the supernatural. Mix well, blending equal parts past and present, until the lovers are united in one sweeping and glorious epilogue. I feel like I have read this book again and again, and this one nearly fit the bill. It wasn't fabulous, but it wasn't terrible.

Nov 17, 2015

A more-gothic Kate Morton, or a more-emotional Diane Setterfield. Either way, a great rainy night read.

Jul 14, 2015

Haunting, alluring. For fans of Kate Morton, who want a page turner that is complex and well-written.


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Jun 01, 2016

Fiercombe Manor is one of those houses people have always been fascinated by...You glimpse places like it sometimes, usually from a train window. Lonely houses tucked into the countryside, almost hidden in the folds of the hills. You wonder who lives in them, what's happened in their history.

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