Grange House

Grange House

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Baker & Taylor
A Victorian young woman faces the social restrictions of marriage and yearns for something more as she spends her summer at a resort in Maine.

McMillan Palgrave
A beautifully told, captivating novel of 19th century love and intrigue

Maisie Thomas spends every summer with her parents at Grange House, a hotel on an island off the coast of Maine ruled by the elegant but distant Miss Grange. In 1898, when Maisie turns 17, her visit marks a turning point. On the morning after her arrival, local fishermen make a gruesome discovery: two drowned lovers, found clasped in each other's arms. It's only the first in a series of events that cast a shadow over Maisie's summer. As she considers the attentions of two very different young men, one an adventurous writer, the other an ambitious businessman from her father's company, Maisie also falls under the gaze of Miss Grange, who begins to tell her stories of her past. But which are truth and which are fiction? Another death, a cache of diaries, an exchange of letters--and a ghostly apparition--all play a part in changing Maisie's life forever.

Rich with the details, customs, and language of the era, GRANGE HOUSE is part family saga, part ghost-story, part love story; a wonderfully atmospheric, page-turning novel of literary suspense and romance.


Blackwell North Amer
Rich with the details, customs, and language of the era, Grange House is part family saga, part ghost story, part love story. It is the tale of the many stories - familial and literary - in the house of fiction that women must unlock and abandon in order to inhabit their own.

Baker
& Taylor

In an atmospheric tale of suspense and romance set in 1898 in an elegant summer hotel on an island off the coast of Maine, a young girl considers the attentions of two very different men--an adventurous writer and an ambitious businessman--while falling under the spell of the hotel's elegant owner, Miss Grange and dealing with tragedy, a ghostly apparition, and other events destined to change her life forever. 20,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Picador USA, 2000
ISBN: 9780312245443
0312245440
Branch Call Number: FIC Blake
Characteristics: 376 p

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WVMLStaffPicks Dec 18, 2014

A romantic story, filled with lost lovers, ghosts in the moonlight, and a family mystery that our young heroine is determined to unearth. Curl up and enjoy a good old-fashioned read.

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morebooksplease
Dec 29, 2010

I very much wanted to like this book...but didn't. It had it's moments, but I just didn't feel connected to the main character at all. The author's writing style leaves me a bit cold so I don't feel like I care what happens to any of the characters. A real disconnect for me.

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KarenW
Mar 30, 2005

Reminiscent of Theodore Dreiser?s masterpiece An American Tragedy, this book evokes a time period and lifestyle that is richly detailed in the characters and setting. Maisie Thomas is a typical romantic young woman who is waiting for her life to start - she is tired of only reading novels. After arriving at their Summer hotel, her family witnesses a tragic death of two lovers. The feelings that are awakened by her experiences sets Maisie on a path that she has never anticipated and she discovers the secret of Grange House.

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