LOST HILL by Dorothy Evelyn Smith


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The Yorkshire moors and the dour people of Yorkshire village and countryside provide a rather sombre setting for a sombre tale. Jenny, a city waif, whose seven years of marriage to the owner of Lost Hill had dulled what spark there had been and given her nothing but a yearning for freedom, finds with widowhood that freedom has nothing to offer her. Then into her life come three new threads of light:- a tinker and his child, the one to give some stability to the operations of the rundown farm, the other to give her a false sense of being needed, as she nurses the child back to health, clings to him, more helpless perhaps than he, and Tod, back from the war, eager for the home he had loved -- and finding it bitterly lonely, with all that had meant home gone. One senses the emptiness in two lives- but the pull that brings them together is never fully realized. And the story has an odd sense of the Victorian flavor- despite its placing in a postwar world --that characterized the earlier books, O. The Brave Music and My Lamp is Bright Minor characters have more reality than the central figures,- Iris, the slattern; the Bradleys, who worked for Jenny; Sanderson, who had kept Tod's farm in tip top shape after Tod's father's death, but who wanted ""the Master"" to take over the reins. Not for everyone.

Pub Date: July 18th, 1952
Publisher: Dutton