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The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall Hardcover – September 6, 2010
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Florence is a great character. She is thoughtful and intelligent, loves reading and longs for family and stability. She is a character that readers will relate to, even in her flaws. At times, she gives into peer pressure (in this case-of a ghostly variety) and says or does things that she regrets. The novel features characters doing hurtful things to one another, but also illustrates forgiveness, growth and love. Florence's believable weaknesses may feel familiar to readers, as will her strengths and desire to do well. Florence is active, clever and ready to dive into new adventures.
The story does an excellent job of invoking historical place. The landscapes of the city and the country are well-described. The reader will be exposed to class issues from the period. In one example, Florence befriends a young servant girl named Nellie and is repeatedly told that while Florence is entitled to her leisure time, Nellie must always be working. Florence's dress is old and wool and some of the gowns at Crutchfield Hall are made of silk or other expensive cloth. Florence was given little to eat during her days at the orphanage, but now finds herself surrounded by rich food, along with a comfortable bed and endless books to read. Florence is troubled by these discrepancies.Read more ›
In this new novel, set in 19th century England, we meet ten-year old Florence Crutchfield, who has been living in a London orphanage since her parents died when she was five and no relatives came forward to claim her. But, surprise! After five years a great uncle surfaces, who invites her to live with him, his unmarried sister, Eugenie, and her cousin James. In classic gothic tale fashion, Eugenie arrives at Crutchfield Hall after being soaked by a violent rainstorm. Eugenie's first impression of the house is not a positive one; although her uncle is kind to her, her aunt takes an immediate dislike to Florence, who bears an unfortunate resemblance to her cousin Sophia, who died in a mysterious accident some time before. With a nod and a wink to The Secret Garden, we learn that Florence's cousin James is so sickly that he never leaves his room, and Florence is forbidden to visit him.
All is not well in Crutchfield Hall, and before Florence is even there for a day, she has a strange sensation that someone is watching her. "A chill raced up and down my spine, and my scalp prickled." Although her uncle insists that ghosts do not exist, Florence becomes more and more convinced that Crutchfield Hall haunted by the ghost of her cousin Sophia. And what does the ghost want from Florence?
Florence soon discovers that Sophia is not the ideal child her aunt recreates, but rather an evil spirit who wants someone else to die in her place! Can she bend Florence to her will, and force her to help her in her devious plans?Read more ›
Hahn has created a tale that invokes the best elements of Gothic fiction. Jane Eyre is one of my favorite books, and the parallels between Florence, the main character, and Jane are undeniable. Florence's being an orphan brought up in a harsh charity school make her instantly sympathetic to the reader, and I never stopped sympathizing with her struggles against the malevolent presence of her dead cousin, Sophia. That struggle is symbolic of the struggles that every child goes through, the temptation to do wrong at battle with the desire to do good.
However, Sophia is also something of a sympathetic character. While she is undeniably bad, she is also pitiable--and yet, I still wanted her to go away and never return. The tales that the Hall's servants and that her brother, James, told about her were truly hair-raising, and Hahn does a really wonderful job of making Sophia a very fully fleshed character in a relatively few number of pages.
The other other thing I found truly admirable about the book was the way Hahn brought the classics into it. Florence is very well-read, and she often likens her situation to those of characters from works by the likes of Dickens and Austen.Read more ›
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This is a really good book. My friend is a really picky reader and when she read it she enjoyed it really much!!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This was recommended to my daughter by a friend. My daughter thoroughly enjoyed this book and has since read other titles by this author.Published 4 months ago by Nicole
The story was pretty far fetched but fairly well written.Published 4 months ago by LaFern M. Stiver
Its amazing, you can really fill the chills and the suspense on the charactersPublished 5 months ago by Amy Rivera
This book was awesome and it is worth the price best book ever Mary dowling hahn is an amazing auther 😨😨😨😨😨😨😨😨😨😨😨😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😁😁😁😁😉😉😉😁😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😊😊😊😇😇😇😊😀😨😷😪😘Published 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
By far one of my favorites by Ms Hahn. This is one of her classic ghost stories where someone, in this case Sophia, meets their tragic end and is unable to rest. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Arec
Gets hard to understand at times because I takes place in the1800 In England but it has very good details and a scary endingPublished 10 months ago by Kristin