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Hephzibah Wildman arrives in Nettlestock, alone and near destitute. Her parents' sudden death in an accident leaves her virtually penniless. With her step-brother the sole heir of all the estate, and no family to turn to, Hephzibah accepts the suggestion from a former student of her father's to apply for a governess position. When Hephzibah secures the appointment, she finds herself in the employ of the local squire, Sir Richard Egdon, a lecherous older man with a 10 year old daughter, Ottilie. His unwanted attention drives Hephzibah to avoid him as often as she can.
She is quickly befriended by her step-father's former student, the Reverend Mr. Merritt Nightingale, himself a recent arrival, and viewed as an outsider by the residents. Both seeking adult companionship, they spend time walking the countryside, Hephzibah learning the local history from Rev. Nightingale. He is besot by her, but Hephzibah is oblivious to his feelings. It is when she meets Sir Richard's son, Thomas that she is bewitched and falls in love with him, which eventually leads to a disastrous marriage.
The story builds to an extraordinary request that Hephzibah makes of Rev. Nightingale. The suspense of what his decision will be carries the story to another level. Throughout the book, Miss Flynn provides twists and turns that kept me interested. I especially love her economy of language. She captures the fear, shame, passion and despair in few words. Her characters are well developed, drawing me into their joy and pain. The English setting provides the historical perspective of a population left behind during the industrial age. What the green ribbons symbolize ties the beginning to the tale's surprising conclusion. The story was a page turner for me.
I received an advanced copy of the book in return for an honest review. I also purchased the book as I wanted to see the published version - beautiful cover and well designed book.
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