A HOUSE CALLED PLEASANCE by Laura Conway

A HOUSE CALLED PLEASANCE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

One of those love-of-land-is-the-root-of-all-evil numbers, tiredly raked over by a tireless producer. Country beauty Annis Grenton goes to court in 1537 to help Jane Seymour give birth, and falls for a scholar--though she is mainly in love with her father's estate, Pleasance. Annis is devastated when pa dies leaving her wicked stepmum with-child and therefore with Pleasance. But then Annis' maid Susan intimates that for a cottage down and so much yearly she will arrange a convenient demise. So: stepmother dies in agony (""take one toad. . . well pric in places""), and Annis inherits. Various dynastic romances follow under the Maiden Queen and during the Civil War, until Andrea, the last Grenton twig, washes her hands of Pleasance and flees the Roundheads for France in 1642. Jane Seymour slept here--and so will you.

Pub Date: Nov. 24th, 1978
Publisher: Dutton