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Watch the Wall, My Darling
     

Watch the Wall, My Darling

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by Jane Aiken Hodge
 

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Only a deathbed promise to her dying father could force Christina Tretton to travel to Tretteign Grange, the 'Dark House', and meet her estranged family for the first time. Having to fast-talk her way out of an encounter with smugglers on the way is only the beginning. Waiting for her is flighty aunt Verity, her two very different cousins – the stoic Ross and

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Only a deathbed promise to her dying father could force Christina Tretton to travel to Tretteign Grange, the 'Dark House', and meet her estranged family for the first time. Having to fast-talk her way out of an encounter with smugglers on the way is only the beginning. Waiting for her is flighty aunt Verity, her two very different cousins – the stoic Ross and fawning Richard – and her formidable grandfather, who changes his Will every few days.
Taking the neglectful servants in hand, Christina is soon managing the house, proving herself invaluable in her grandfather's eyes. This backfires when he decides he wants her as his heir, and only on the condition that she marries Ross or Richard. Outraged, she swears she will marry neither, but her cousins have different ideas. Should she marry the cousin she is drawn to, even if he appears to have no true feelings for her?
Hanging over them is the constant threat of invasion, as Dark House looks over the sea to France, and Napoleon. When cousin Ross disappears, it is up to Christina to stand in his stead and take on the running of the estate - amongst some of his more disreputable duties. For as soldiers work to fortify the coast, Christina finds herself in the twisted intrigues of smugglers and spies.

Watch the Wall, My Darling first published in 1966, is another great historical romance from the master of the genre – Jane Aiken Hodge.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781448213979
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
01/23/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
1
Sales rank:
123,907
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Jane Aiken Hodge was born in Massachusetts to Pulitzer prize-winning poet, Conrad Aiken, and his first wife, writer Jessie McDonald. Hodge was 3 years old when her family moved to Great Britain, settling in Rye, East Sussex, where her younger sister, Joan, who would become a novelist and a children's writer, was born.

From 1935, Jane Hodge read English at Somerville College, Oxford University, and in 1938 she took a second degree in English at Radcliffe College. She was a civil servant, and also worked for Time Magazine, before returning to the UK in 1947. Her works of fiction include historical novels and contemporary detective novels. In 1972 she renounced her United States citizenship and became a British subject.

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Watch the Wall, My Darling 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first read this book while in high school, and fell in love with the gothic romance. It fueled my love of reading, and my love of a great mystery/thriller. Through my travels I lost my copy, but several years ago I happened upon it in a flea market book stall, and fell in love with it all over again. Curl up with this wonderful book and find yourself in another time and place. It will never grow old!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is set on the southeast coast of England in the early 1800s when Napolean declared himself emperor of France, and England was at wore with France. There is plenty of intrigue because many Englishmen who lived in this harsh, marshy area smuggled goods from France to make some extra money. This was dangerous business for them--if they were caught, they could be imprisoned or executed as traitors. They didn't like or trust outsiders, and this is the situation that newly arrived Christina Tretton finds herself in. There is more suspense than romance in this story, and if you are looking for passionate sex scenes you won't find them here. Still, it's agood read if you enjoy historical suspense novels.
happyendingamust More than 1 year ago
I am so glad this is finally out in Nook form. I love this Gothic mystery and have read it many times. My current copy is in tatters.
KatLvr More than 1 year ago
I recently re-read this book and it was just as engaging & exciting as I remembered it. JAH was one of my favorite authors in High School & College, I'm glad to find that her books stand the test of time. The romance is clean but still stirring and the mysteries surrounding both of the main characters kept me glued to the page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was different from what I normally like to read but I really enjoyed it, and now am looking forward to reading more books from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the writing and strong characters. Looking forward to reading more of this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sweet story enjoyed reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very disappointed. Cannot recommend. It takes more than a gothic setting and accessories to make a true gothic novel.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has to be the worse book I have ever read. Bought based on reviews, boring and silly. Don't waste your money or time reading. How anyone could think this was a good book is beyond me awful