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The appearance of a wandering urchin named Jim becomes yet another bone of contention in the mutual antagonism of two Gloucestershire farmers--wealthy John Sutton and struggling Morris Riddler
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The author of the well-received Apple Tree Lean Down captivates again with a simple narrative that exudes warmth as it depicts the rigors of life in rural Gloucestershire. Two families, one rich, one struggling, vie for control of the verdant valley. John Sutton, his manor at Peele and his modern farming testament to his success, appears the imminent victor. Across the river, at Godsakes, Morris Riddlet indentures himself and his family to the unproductive farm. With the arrival of Jim, an urchin raised to the status of quasi-son by the Suttons, the fortunes of Godsakes change radically. Jim's arranged marriage to Riddlet's daughter not only blossoms into love, but raises the reader's expectations for a sequel. Reader's Digest Condensed Books selection. February 5
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc.
In 19th-century Gloucestershire two farms share a valley. John Sutton's lands prosper under the management of Jim Lundy, while Morris Riddler's smaller property declines. Sutton's quest to acquire his neighbor's farm seems certain to succeed until his spoiled son steals the affection of the woman Lundy loves. The disgruntled bailiff crosses the valley and helps Riddler rebuild his lands. In time not only the farm but also Lundy's love for Riddler's daughter flourishes. This well-crafted story of hard work by determined people contains few surprises but will please public library patrons who are fans of rural England. Both landscape and characters are drawn with care and affection. Kathly Piehl, English Dept., Mankato State Univ., Minn.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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