E–pub New [The Peachgrowers Almanac] ä Elaine di Rollo


  • Hardcover
  • 368
  • The Peachgrowers Almanac
  • Elaine di Rollo
  • English
  • 13 December 2020
  • 9780307408341

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REVIEW ´ JFKMONTREAL.CO Ï Elaine di Rollo DOWNLOAD ´ The Peachgrowers Almanac Elaine di Rollo Ï 1 DOWNLOAD Range and vast Collection under the watchful eye of the malevolent Dr Cattermole The Collection which has taken over every inch of the rambling estate is the essence of Victorian England antiuated and ingen ious austere and excessive Twelve perfectly synchronized grandfather clocks stand at attention at the bottom of a staircase Botanical specimens have overrun the conservatory turning the room into a tropical greenhouse Forgotten houseguests roam amid fossilized sea creatures display cases of Greek pottery and mechanical contraptions A peach tree inherited from their mother and planted in a wheelbarrow for portability is a constant reminder of Lilian’s absence Though Mr Talbot has cut off all communication between the sisters a cryptic letter from Lilian manages to slip through and hidden in the envelope is a puzzling photograph of a tiger hunt Alice sets about cracking the code in the letter finding.

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The Peachgrowers Almanac

REVIEW ´ JFKMONTREAL.CO Ï Elaine di Rollo DOWNLOAD ´ The Peachgrowers Almanac Elaine di Rollo Ï 1 DOWNLOAD An unlikely ally in Mr Blake the photographer hired to document the Collection While Mr Talbot is absorbed in the eccentric but seemingly benign Society for the Propagation of Useful and Interesting Knowledge Alice plots her escape from both her oppressive father and Dr Cattermole’s unspeakable plans for her future Intrigue is rife in India as well where Lilian continues to defy convention Playing her many admirers off one another she uietly works toward the goal of reuniting with her sister But the violent onset of the Indian rebellion against British rule threatens to derail her plans And back at the Talbot estate the Society’s experiments are taking a menacing turn Will the sisters' resourcefulness and profound devotion to each other be enough to save them Capturing the Victorian era in all of its whimsy and horror A Proper Education for Girls is a superb debut novel about the power of sisterhoo. I started off really liking this book It had all kinds of elements I like to see in a story lush setting full of interesting historical elements intelligent and strong female characters a host of colorful secondary characters and an easily readable narrative voice from another era I was all set for the perfect book Unfortunately as the chapters wore on this book made a uick transition from charming to utterly bizarre Suffice it to say Dirollo holds nothing back in her graphic detail of the distasteful aspects of this bygone era While I give her credit for shining a light on the dark side of life as a female during this time I can t help but think it was over the top This story just seemed to go on and on each page holding a repulsive surprise than the last Overall just an odd book and not one I d read again

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REVIEW ´ JFKMONTREAL.CO Ï Elaine di Rollo DOWNLOAD ´ The Peachgrowers Almanac Elaine di Rollo Ï 1 DOWNLOAD Not since the Brontës have we seen the likes of the Talbot sisters plucky peach growers with a peculiar upbringing and a flair for subversion Set in England and India in the mutinous year of 1857 A Proper Education for Girls tells the story of Alice and Lilian Talbot twins separated for the first time in their lives by their martinet father After an affair comes to a tragic end Lilian is banished from the Talbot mansion and married off to a sickly missionary in India Unwilling to play the part of the demure missionary wife beautiful tomboyish Lilian uickly takes advantage of her husband’s hypochondria and her newfound freedom as a British expatriate tramping off into the jungle to paint pictures of the indigenous flora and secretly learning the language and customs of her adopted homeland Meanwhile the plain but sharp witted Alice remains on her father’s isolated estate serving as curator to his st. EDIT Methinks I was too hard on this book It s flawed yes but it still pops into my head periodically even after 1 years that must mean it worked its way under my skin that s almost always a good thing Also given the wildly variant uality of Historical Lit Fic this was a very readable specimen that held my interest from start to finish So I m bumping my rating to 35 stars I ll leave the original review intact but take my grumps with a grain of salt FIRST REVIEWThis book tries to be awesome but ultimately collapses under its own weight Clearly the author envisions a blend of multiple genres pastiche magical realism grotesue revisionist Victoriana even a touch of steampunk but it just doesn t meshDiRollo does a decent job with the high handed language of Victorian potboilers she pens some great descriptions to paint scenes in the reader s head particularly the rambling mansion packed with artifacts the oppressive beauty of 19th c India But the plot begins in the middle of everything offers little explanation the rescue of Alice yes but WHY The characters too are just plopped into the story with prior relationships that aren t clearly defined yet obviously mean a great deal to what s happening right then And while the aging aunts come vividly to life with an almost Wodehouse like sense of absurdity Alice Lilian themselves don t show much depth We don t know the bones of their characters their urgency must be told repeatedly taken on faith because it doesn t come alive on its own Likewise the male characters are jerks they become stock examples of villains users abusers brow beaten horndongs Even one positive male character in a major role might have improved matters so why the bleakness Such an imbalance makes the author s agenda screamingly obvious Women have been grossly mistreated by patriarchal science patriarchal society patriarchal mindsets etc etc Okay I get it But repeatedly bludgeoning your reader doesn t win brownie points It just morphs flat characters into revisionist mouthpiecesI did enjoy the juxtaposition of the sisters stories Lilian s exposure to identification with the savages of India compared with Alice s persecution by savage powers that be in the cultured safety of England That alone would have made for a powerful statement in a relatively short book with such vivid imagery But compared to similar and superior books like Bloodsmoor Romance or Sarah Waters Victorian novels where such a message comes across rather effortlessly Proper Education doesn t succeed It s too bad really the oddity of the mansion the Greek chorus of tottering aunts the wry humor the romantic fails the flashes of gloomy magical realism were intriguing if not precisely excecuted


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    SUMMARY The Peachgrowers Almanac E–pub New [The Peachgrowers Almanac] ä Elaine di Rollo Elaine di Rollo Ï 1 DOWNLOAD EDIT Methinks I was too hard on this book It's flawed yes but it still pops into my head periodically even after 1 years that must mean it worked its way under my skin that's almost always a good thing Also given the wildly variant uality of Historical Lit Fic this was a very readable specimen that held my interest from start to

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    SUMMARY The Peachgrowers Almanac E–pub New [The Peachgrowers Almanac] ä Elaine di Rollo I expected on the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857 in India but I was pleasantly surprised in any case This was a delightful comedyfarcesatire on women in the Victorian period I found myself chuckling from time to time at the author'

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    REVIEW ´ JFKMONTREAL.CO Ï Elaine di Rollo E–pub New [The Peachgrowers Almanac] ä Elaine di Rollo The title caught my attention first Then I saw the cover and I was hooked It’s a little bit fairytale a little bit cartoon and that suits the book very wellThe opening sets the scene wonderfully A Victorian mansion where the gates are always locked The master shut them when his wife died and nobody goes through them without his permission And so his twin daughters have been isolated from the world They hav

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    E–pub New [The Peachgrowers Almanac] ä Elaine di Rollo Absolutely magnificent novel The prose is artful twin heroines real complex fascinating plot is riveting the historyperiod detail sumptuous The horrific lot of Victorian women is balanced by the beauty strength tim

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    REVIEW ´ JFKMONTREAL.CO Ï Elaine di Rollo Elaine di Rollo Ï 1 DOWNLOAD E–pub New [The Peachgrowers Almanac] ä Elaine di Rollo I just loved this novel it's an amazing adventure with two cool 19th century female protagonists In the end I couldn't turn it down I read it in two days and loved every page of it I hope Elaine di Rollo writes

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    SUMMARY The Peachgrowers Almanac E–pub New [The Peachgrowers Almanac] ä Elaine di Rollo Elaine di Rollo Ï 1 DOWNLOAD I was very intrigued by this book It is the story of two sisters who had an extensive and varied education which bucked the norm of Victorian England They learned horticulture science history and other unorthodox things at the feet of their eccentric scientific minded father They lived an opulent life in a sort of grand house turned museum The sisters were smart and witty clever and free thinking than their contemporariesBut I must admit t

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    E–pub New [The Peachgrowers Almanac] ä Elaine di Rollo Found this browsing the stacks at the library The cover pulled me in the premise sounded original and so I took it home It had such promise The world the author allows you to inhabit is fantastic the eccentric scientific father the separated twin sisters India the aunts the collection all seems like a great setupI was sorely disa

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    SUMMARY The Peachgrowers Almanac REVIEW ´ JFKMONTREAL.CO Ï Elaine di Rollo Elaine di Rollo Ï 1 DOWNLOAD DiRollo's debut novel is about twin sisters Alice and Lilian who are separated for the first time when Lilian is married off to an irritating preacher who is a missionary in India The girls were raised in a house filled to the rafters with any

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    E–pub New [The Peachgrowers Almanac] ä Elaine di Rollo I started off really liking this book It had all kinds of elements I like to see in a story lush setting full of interesting historical elements intelligent and strong female characters a host of colorful secondary characters and an easily readable narrative voice from another era I was all set for the perfect b

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    Elaine di Rollo Ï 1 DOWNLOAD REVIEW ´ JFKMONTREAL.CO Ï Elaine di Rollo SUMMARY The Peachgrowers Almanac Was on its was to a five star reviewbut it got a bit wacky at the end An interesting story of two sisters and their eccentric father One sister is sent away married off to a missionary and bound for India The other is a prisoner in her own home restricted by the morals of the day her father and his collection The sisters tales and

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