Mrs England: The award-winning Sunday Times bestseller from the winner of the Women's Prize Futures Award
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When Ruby May takes on the position of nurse to the England children of Hardcastle House in Yorkshire, she finds herself puzzled by Mrs England whilst drawn to the Master of the house. Yet slowly she discovers that all is not as it seems! Gli England non sono una famiglia felice, ma malinconica, e tutto è gravato da qualcosa, allo stesso modo in cui Ruby si porta dietro un fardello altrettanto pesante. There are a number of tangents, red herrings and twists that are supposed to keep the anticipation steady. None of them really lead any where and feel more like false promises.
Mrs England - Stacey Halls
Recommended: For me, the difference between 4 and 5 Stars is personal enjoyment, connection, and the wow factor. Even though I loved the histfic element, gothic and thriller are a bit out of my zone of enjoyment. I think others who love those aspects of the story will likely rate this 5 Stars because it’s well written and constructed and contains all the dark atmosphere and tension. I’m definitely recommending Mrs. England for fans of Rebecca and Jane Eyre and for readers who appreciate a tense histfic/mystery/thriller. I've read both of Stacey Hall's previous novels: The Familiars and The Foundling, so knew I would enjoy this one, and I did. Still though, of the three, The Familiars is my favorite. It's the elements of witchcraft in The Familiars, that and the atmospheric setting, that make it so.
It’s not going to be plain sailing is it? So I was wondering what turn this would have, would it be the Nanny (nurse) the family? A family member? Her first position did not last long because she couldn't leave England for America with this family. The school found her another position at the remote Hardcastle House taking care of the four children of Mr. and Mrs. England.
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Dazzling, dark, disturbing, and athmospheric are some of the words I have come across in review describing this book, but it fell short for me on many levels. Non è un libro con una tensione evidente, né ha un ritmo aggressivo: piuttosto, c'è una trama pervasa da un'inquietudine strisciante, che cresce sino a divenire densa, come la nebbia dei boschi e della campagna circostante. E si procede, sempre più curiosi. Halls is very good at drawing characters, with Ruby aware of herself and others around her, although first impressions are sometimes misguided. Mrs England’s birth family are named Greatrex and are all unappealing, and rather homogenous. Perhaps this is an intentional contrast with an otherwise diverse cast, each of whom play an individual role in an intriguing book.Spoilers: There would have been a great storyline had Nurse May actually fallen deeper for Mr Booth, who had just married and was expecting a child with another woman, which at one point I was sure that’s where it was heading, that unfortunately ended abruptly. Ruby May is a sympathetic character. She’s motivated and determined and her care of children is beyond reproach. Trained at the prestigious Norland school and recipient of her childcare certificate, Nurse May puts the child or children she is caring for at the center of her life. Norland College, which still exists today, provided Prince George and his siblings, Charlotte, and Louis, the children of Prince William and Kate with a Norland nanny. That's probably not a problem for many readers, but I still wanted to mention it - because this also means that if you read a lot, you've probably internalised these structures, be it consciously or subconsciously, and you will also likely find the book rather predictable. I kept waiting for something fresh, a twist I hadn't seen before, but it never came.
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The staff at Hardcastle House was not welcoming, and Ruby had to do many things she hadn't done in her first position.atmosfera. Aici cred că este cel mai mare plus al romanului. Setting-ul & vibe-ul sunt palpabile, introduc cititorul în lumea dinăuntrul copertelor. Descrierile sunt foarte vizuale.