The Colonel's Daughter

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A hugely poignant and emotional love story set in 1950s and 1960s England and Scotland. In the early summer of 1954, young George West, qualified as an architect but completing his national service, meets 17 year old Josella Grace, daughter of a retired Colonel. He falls passionately in love with this reserved but beautiful girl—a love that seems destined never to be fulfilled. Their story, and its dark secrets, alternates between George's tale of first love in 1954 and Josella's bittersweet perspective, a decade...

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Overview

A hugely poignant and emotional love story set in 1950s and 1960s England and Scotland. In the early summer of 1954, young George West, qualified as an architect but completing his national service, meets 17 year old Josella Grace, daughter of a retired Colonel. He falls passionately in love with this reserved but beautiful girl—a love that seems destined never to be fulfilled. Their story, and its dark secrets, alternates between George's tale of first love in 1954 and Josella's bittersweet perspective, a decade later in 1964, of the difficulties of her relationships. Their unique voices chart the anguish, tragedy and despair, as their lives are led apart, without hope of a happy reunion.

A poignant and emotional love story
In the summer of 1954, George West met young Josella Grace, the daughter of a retired colonel, and fell passionately in love with the reserved but beautiful girl a love that seemed destined never to be fulfilled. Ten years later Josella wanders through life, glorying in her freedom, pitying all those tied down by ordinary cares. But she bears a secret so terrible only George can release her from it if she will let him.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Part romance and part character study, Harrod-Eagles's very British tale evokes a time chronologically close to, but startlingly different from, our own with nary an anachronism. In 1954, George West glimpses a beautiful 17-year-old girl on horseback over the Dorset Downs. Josella Grace, he learns, has background, brains and beauty-but also emotional scars from a mysterious childhood. George accepts a decade of Jo's brief and unpredictable visits without complaint while creating a stable (if otherwise abstinent) life. Jo is blithely rootless, renaming and reinventing herself-as a temporary London switchboard operator, the gofer for an Edinburgh theatrical troupe and the lover of a brooding boatbuilder-until several painful episodes reveal both her essential loneliness and her abiding love for George. Though deftly portrayed and counterpointed, neither George's passivity nor Jo's promiscuity creates much narrative drive. The cause of Jo's skittishness, when finally revealed, may also feel flat or old-fashioned to contemporary readers used to novels hinged on lurid traumas. Still, Harrod-Eagles (Julia) captures an unusual personality and a complex period beautifully. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
This enjoyable historical novel is narrated in turn by George West and Josella Grace, the 17-year-old daughter of his regiment's retired colonel. The story moves from our protagonists' initial meeting in the spring of 1954 to the resolution of their love story in 1964. By Chapter 2 (told from Josella's viewpoint a full decade after the events that George relates in Chapter 1), it becomes clear that something is keeping Josella from the man she loves. While the discerning reader will probably figure it out long before the novel's end, the characters are so engaging and their story so involving that the somewhat predictable "secret" does not detract from this entertaining love story. While this work is quite different from Harrod-Eagles's excellent Bill Slider mysteries, the author's fans will likely enjoy it, as will fans of Angela Thirkell and Rosamunde Pilcher. Recommended for popular fiction collections.-Elizabeth Mellett, Brookline P.L., MA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781500100544
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/27/2014
  • Pages: 292
  • Sales rank: 1,081,838
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles was born and educated in Shepherd's Bush, London and had a variety of jobs in the commercial world, starting as a junior cashier at Woolworth's and working her way down to Pensions Officer at the BBC. She won the Young Writer's Award in 1973, and became a full-time writer in 1978. She is the author of sixty successful novels to date, including the twenty-five volumes of the Morland Dynasty series.
www.billslider.com

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