House of Orphans

House of Orphans

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Finland in the 1900s: revolution is wafting in on the cold winds from Russia, but in the provincial backwoods, life for the widowed country doctor Thomas Esklund continues, quiet, settled and sedate. Then he hires a new young housekeeper from the local orphanage. Eeva - assured, unpredictable and independent, utterly mysterious and unlike any servant Thomas has ever met, ruffles the feathers of his nosy neighbours. Their question is - could Thomas just possibly be falling in love with her? But Eeva yearns for an escape from service and a return to her childhood home in Helsinki - and with Thomas's help she will make that break and return to her first love as well as the happy dangers of life with her politicised comrades. Until a crisis forces her to rethink her plans and call for Thomas's help again..... House of Orphans is a spellbinding story of love and loneliness, of the differences between change and revolution, and of the terrorism that lurks everywhere in times of change, even in our private midst.
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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 112 x 179 x 21mm | 186g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0141029986
  • 9780141029986

About Helen Dunmore

Helen Dunmore has published eight novels with Penguin, including: Zennor in Darkness, which won the McKitterick Prize; A Spell of Winter, which won the Orange Prize; The Siege, which was shortlisted for the 2001 Whitbread Novel of the Year Award and for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2002; and Mourning Ruby. She lives in Bristol.
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