THE DREAMING DAMOZEL by Mollie Hardwick

THE DREAMING DAMOZEL

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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Things aren't too cheerful or prosperous at Bell House, the Abbotsburne home of the Chelmarshes -- part-time pastor Rodney and his delicate, antique dealer wife Doran (Malice Domestic, etc.), who's depressed in the wake of a miscarriage and by ex-partner Howell's move to a lucrative London job. Doran's purchase of a painting in the style of Dante Gabriel Rossetti; a call from a magnetic stranger with a drawing, possibly by Rossetti, to sell; and the discovery, in the Abbotsburne area, of two unidentified bodies, in pre-Raphaelite garb and makeup contribute to Doran's uneasiness--until a mysterious gift leads to a reckless rendevouz that finally dispels her vapors and repairs the tattered family fortunes. A murky, contrived plot: Rodney's esoteric literary rambles and a heap of Rossetti-love add up to qualified joy for Hardwick fans, qualifed ennui for others.

Pub Date: April 17th, 1991
ISBN: 0-312-05421-1
Page count: 208pp
Publisher: St. Martin's
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 1991