Some Old Lover's Ghost

Some Old Lover's Ghost

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  • Dumpbin - filled | 576 pages
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0552760269
  • 9780552760263

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Precariously balanced somewhere between historical romance and contemporary fiction, this latest effort from Lennox (The Secret Years, 1995, etc.) casts an inviting spell, seducing the reader despite its rather predictable storyline. Devastated by the abandonment of her boyfriend (he gives her the heave-ho in the hospital, where she's recovering from a miscarriage), biographer Rebecca Bennett, 31, plunges into her latest assignment: the life of Dame Tilda Franklin, a Mother Teresa to England's orphaned children. Old yet razor-sharp, Tilda recounts her life, starting with her ignoble beginnings, as bastard child to Edward de Paveley and a servant at his estate. Tilda's mother was committed to an asylum for convenience, leaving Tilda to be raised by her vengeful aunt Sarah. When Tilda meets Daragh Canavan, the course of her life is forever altered. The handsome Irishman, in England to escape debts and build a fortune, falls in love with Tilda, who's swept away by his extraordinary charm. Through a series of Sarah-generated misunderstandings, Daragh marries heiress Jossy de Paveley, Tilda's unknown half-sister, propelling Tilda to London, where she builds a virtuous life during WWII, rescuing children from the Nazis. Tilda's children, both natural and rescued (including Daragh's petulant daughter), eventually force a wedge between her and her husband, Max, who's further unhinged by the horrors he witnessed as a wartime journalist. While uncovering a glorious past riddled with sadness, Rebecca falls in love with Tilda's grandson, Patrick, but becomes suspicious of his motivations: Is he truly in love, or is he distracting Rebecca from uncovering a catastrophic truth? - that Tilda may have murdered Daragh after the war. A now-pregnant Rebecca must either abandon her principles and the biography, or forge ahead alone. A sizable assemblage of well-honed characters. Despite some swooshy plot devices, a compelling and even at times suspenseful yarn. (Kirkus Reviews)show more