Books by Ruth Elwin Harris
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Sisters of the Quantock Hills - four novels about the lives
and loves of the orphaned Purcell sisters and the neighbouring Mackenzie
family, during the first half of the last century. Readership - 12+ (good
readers 10+) In suggested order of reading:
7 year old Sarah Purcell, youngest of the four
sisters, leads an apparently idyllic life in rural Somerset, unaware
that the Great War is about to change her world for ever.
Frances, the eldest Purcell, is determined
to overcome all obstacles to her career as a painter, including Gabriel
Mackenzie, eldest son of her guardian, who is determined to marry her.
Marriage and art don't mix, she tells him.
Julia, the family peacemaker, lives in the shadow
of her dominant older sister, and only escapes when she takes up nursing
at the outbreak of the Great War. In France she continues her affair
with Geoffrey Mackenzie, Gabriel's younger brother. but in war tragedy
is always present.
the Orchid House
Gwen, the sister who refuses to leave the
safe haven of the family home receives a surprising - and unwelcome
- gift of a collection of orchids. It is her developing obsession with
these flowers that eventually leads her to make a remarkable journey to
the Nevill Letters 1914-1916
published in softback by the Naval & Military
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