Gildas Haven

Gildas Haven

by Margaret S. Haycraft

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For several years in the peaceful English village of Meadthorpe, the church and chapel have existed in an uneasy peace while the rector and the chapel minister are distracted by poor health. Now a young curate arrives at St Simeon's, bringing high church ritual and ways of worship. Gildas Haven, the daughter of the chapel minister is furious to discover the curate is enticing her Sunday school children away. The curate insists that his Church ways are right, and Gildas who has only known chapel worship says the opposite.
Battle lines are quickly drawn by leaders and congregations. Mary Haycraft writes with light humour and surprising insight in what could be a controversial story line. With at least one major surprise, the author seems to be digging an impossible hole for herself as the story progresses. The ending of this sensitively told romance is likely to come as a surprise.

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BN ID: 2940156720453
Publisher: White Tree Publishing
Publication date: 08/25/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 669,217
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Margaret Scott Haycraft was a contemporary of the much better known Christian writer Mrs. O. F. Walton. Both ladies wrote Christian stories for children that were very much for the time in which they lived, with little children often preparing for an early death. Mrs. Walton wrote three romances for adults (with no suffering children, and now published by White Tree in abridged versions). Margaret Haycraft also concentrated mainly on books for children. However, Gildas Haven is a romance for older readers. Unusually for Victorian writers, the majority of Margaret Haycraft's stories are told in the present tense.
Mrs. Walton's and Margaret Haycraft's books can be over-sentimental, referring throughout, for example, to a mother as a dear, sweet mother, and a child as the darling little child. In this abridged edition overindulgent descriptions of people have been shortened to make a more robust story, but the characters and storyline are unchanged.
A problem with Victorian writers is their tendency to insert intrusive comments concerning what is going to happen later in the story. Today we call them spoilers. They are usually along the lines of: "Little did he/she know that..." I have removed most of these.
The value of money since 1896 when the story was written has increased by over 100 times, although it is difficult to compare the prices of items with the value of wages.
Margaret Scott Haycraft (1855-1936) also wrote under her maiden name of Margaret MacRitchie. There are plans for White Tree to publish more abridged eBook romances by Margaret Haycraft -- Amaranth's Garden is next in line. Silverbeach Manor is already available as an eBook.

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