- File Size: 597 KB
- Print Length: 214 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1516820274
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: GRINDELWALD (August 9, 2012)
- Publication Date: August 9, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008VT0KHU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Lucy Oldham is a maid in the service in Lord Farnley's household. His young 8 year old daughter is ill unto death. Her desperate father purchases an exquisite fashion French Bru doll for his ailing daughter.
All Beatrice's dolls have been taken away from her by the housekeeper for fear of contagion, but this doll she is promised she can keep. Beatrice does not live long to love her new doll.
With Beatrice's death, the housekeeper orders Lucy to burn the doll but Lucy can't bring herself to destroy it and instead hides it. When the household is closed down shortly after, Lucy steals the doll and takes it home with her.
Lucy arrives home to discover her Mum recovering from an injury and near destitution, having sold her best possession for a roof over her head and food in her stomach.
Lucy obtains a job at an antique shop, which allows her and her mother to scrape by.
A young man, who Lucy has met only twice and wrote to her while she was employed at the Farnley estate, now takes advantage of Lucy's return home to visit. His visits are encouraged by her mother, but Lucy is less enthusiastic about his presence. He quickly insinuates himself into Lucy's small family.
Lucy suffers another loss when her mother dies months after she returns home. Arthur, the young man, consoles Lucy but she feels something is not right with his background and she sets out to find out the truth.
Arthur is a con man, married with a family, and, once Lucy confronts him, he leaves never to be seen again. But Arthur has left a memento, a child.
Lucy bears a son, James, and continues to work at the antique shop. Her neighbors tell her a man has been asking around the neighborhood for her. Fearing it is Arthur, she is greatly surprised when a gentleman knocks on her door who she does not recognize.
Apparently she met Mr. Carrington on the train home from her investigative trip several years earlier to ferret out the truth about Arthur. She has no recollection of the conversation they held about her mother's death or servitude. Now 8 years later, Mr. Carrington is looking for a housekeeper to assist him.
Mr. Carrington offers her a rent-free cottage and small wage. Still distrustful from her previous experience with Arthur, Lucy turns down the offer. The death of her employer brings about a change of mind.
Lucy packs up her belonging, James and the doll and moves to the country. Edward Carrington, lonely for a family, soon takes James under his wing and develops affection for Lucy.
Through Glass Eyes follows the ups and downs of Lucy's life as her son grows up, new people come into their lives and others leave. It is a gentle story of a woman, who cares for others all her life.
The doll is a common thread throughout Lucy's life, always there in times of happiness, uncertainty, fear and tragedies. Life sometimes comes full circle and the doll is an integral part of that cycle.
Through Glass Eyes is a pleasant well-written read. While there are obstacles and challenges in Lucy's life and those she loves, Through Glass Eyes didn't quite make it beyond that of an enjoyable novel to gripping.
Through Glass Eyes is one of those enchantingly exquisite gentle, and not so gentle journeys through time. It draws the reader along with an invitation to share intimate involvement in the affairs of the protagonist's life, Lucy Oldfield; the loves, hurts, joys and regrets of forty odd years. The powerless and powerful events and decisions that govern the future are all there to take, give, hold and live. Simply wonderful. I loved this book. I'm becoming something of a Margaret Muir fan. Five stars (worth at least six).