Grange House

Grange House

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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.
Publisher: New York : Picador USA, 2000.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312245443
Branch Call Number: BLAK
Characteristics: 376 p. ; 22 cm.


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Aug 26, 2019

Writing is convoluted. Would have been a much more pleasureable read if the writing was more straightforward.

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.

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.

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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