Lydia Fielding – Susan Sallis

14 Oct

Lydia Fielding Paperback

ISBN: 9780552160797

Published: 15/03/2010

Imprint: Corgi

Extent: 400 pages

Subject: Sagas – Historical Romance

The book I was reading over the last few days has been Lydia Fielding by Susan Sallis.  A book set in rural England in the 19th Century, almost a social diary of everyday life with some sordidness, a huge cast of characters, and everyday life passing by. It is also a social history, since it covers some political issues such as caring for ‘fallen women’, educating poor children, and rights for women.

The plot of the book from the publishers is as follows:  “When Lydia celebrated her coming of age, the whole of her Exmoor village celebrated with her. Two men attracted her interest that night: handsome, ambitious Gus Pascoe, who coveted the land her father farmed; and Wesley Peters, brought up as a strict Methodist, whose seemingly upright religious family hid a terrible secret.”

I found the book easy reading and although somewhat slow to start, with many details of everyday life in rural England in that era.  In parts the book covers sordid or unpleasant events and although taken for granted, they are often unfamiliar to the reader.  These events are necessary in the molding of Lydia.

Lydia is a likeable character and gained the sympathy of this reader.  The overall plot does follow Lydia’s emotions relating to her two suitors as she is struggles with her feelings before she realizes where they lie.

Overall it is a good read about everyday life in rural England in the 19th Century.  I bought it, I will keep it and will probably read it again.



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