Nightingale Wood

Nightingale Wood

Book - 2010
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A sly and satirical fairytale by the author of Cold Comfort Farm

Unavailable for decades, Stella Gibbons's Nightingale Wood is a delightfully modern romance ripe for rediscovery by the many fans of Cold Comfort Farm .

Poor, lovely Viola has been left penniless and alone after her late husband's demise, and is forced to live with his family in their joy­less home. Its occupants are nearly insufferable: Mr. Withers is a tyrannical old miser; Mrs. Withers dismisses her as a common shop girl; and Viola's sisters-in-law, Madge and Tina, are too preoccupied with their own troubles to give her much thought. Only the prospect of the upcoming charity ball can lift her spirits-especially as Victor Spring, the local prince charming, will be there. But Victor's intentions towards the young widow are, in short, not quite honorable.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 2010
ISBN: 9780143117575
0143117572
Characteristics: x, 387 p. ; 20 cm

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bluehydrangea
Apr 13, 2018

A long and involving fairytale-like story which is very much of its time. The characters are just slightly larger than life and their fate is described in a clear-eyed, unsentimental way. And I'm glad I read it! I enjoyed it.

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GwynAub
Mar 07, 2015

A fantastic, and long out of print book by the author of "Cold Comfort Farm". A wonderful re-imagining of Cinderella, and a treat for fans of "Downton Abbey"!

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Morwen
Apr 21, 2012

I enjoyed it so much and look forward to reading it again. Made me think of Enchanted April. Subtle but magical.

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kazareads
Apr 14, 2012

A real pleasure to read. Beautifully and wittily written with clever understanding of characters in a somewhat unreal, or a cloistered world. (It's the 1930s - only hints of whats brewing internationally)
A kind of Cinderella story where miserable lives are transformed and it's all very satisfying!

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