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Recently orphaned by the death of her mother, seventeen-year-old Lily goes to live with a grim aunt at an isolated country vicarage where she becomes increasingly obsessed by the ghostly presence of a mysterious young man.
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Grade 9-12 Lily Simms, orphaned at 17, must go to live with her elderly Aunt Ruth in a lonely English vicarage. The two are thrown together strictly through need and duty. Betty, a kind and cheerful housekeeper, serves as a buffer between them. The dominant figure in the novel is Martin, an adopted boy who died at age 20 but whose spirit remains to haunt Lily's aunt and who quickly establishes a powerful hold over Lily as well. Worth uses Keats' poetry to introduce each chapter. This effective technique creates just the right mood as the plot develops, and the result is a superb mix of Keats' poetry and Worth's prose. The story moves quickly, and a dramatic climax occurs when Lily, in a meeting with Martin's ghost, breaks away from his magnetic hold. The ending brings a promise of happier times for all in the vicarage. A welcome addition for fans of gothic novels. Dorothy Lilly, Grosse Pointe North High School Library, Mich.
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Book Description Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1986. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0374327831