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Read online Harnessing Peacocks.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Harnessing Peacocks Mary Wesley creates one of the most enchanting heroines of recent literature in this story of independence wit and sensuality Nineteen year old Hebe flees her family to avoid the forced abortion of her illegitimate child What follows is at times poignant touching and in the end surprising by Mary Wesley

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Harnessing Peacocks
Title:Harnessing Peacocks
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ISBN:0140123938
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Number of Pages:288
Category:Fiction, British literature, Modern, Romance
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This lively and entertaining romp through England and Africa br br b The Vacillations of Poppy Carew b opens with two key events the departure of Poppy s thoroughly detestable lover Edmund for a richer woman and the death of her father who to the irritation of the nursing staff dies in the midst of raucous laughter br br Poppy follows her father s dying wish and organizes a fun funeral complete with black plumed horses and a suspicious number of glamorous women Present at the funeral are three men who are determined to become her suitors However the treacherous Edmund shows up as well and discovering that Poppy is now heiress to a fortune abandons his new love interest and whisks Poppy off to Africa where she embarks on a series of chaotic adventures br br Will she escape Edmund s clutches If so with whom of her three suitors will she escape, Flora Trevelyan is a ten year old misfit despised by her selfish and indolent parents and left to wander the streets of a small French town whilst her parents prepare to depart for life in colonial India There she befriends the locals acquires an extensive vocabulary of French foul language and encounters the privileged lifestyle of the elegant middle class British families holidaying in s France br br Introduced for the first time to kindly civilised and above all caring people Flora falls helplessly and hopelessly in love with not one but three young men br br Over the next forty years Flora will grow from an awkward schoolgirl into a stunning beauty and explore consummate and finally resolve each of these affairs, Behind the large house the fragrant camomile lawn stretches down to the Cornish cliffs Here in the dizzying heat of August five cousins have gathered at their aunt s house for their annual ritual of a holiday For most of them it is the last summer of their youth with the heady exhilarations and freedoms of lost innocence as well as the fears of the coming war br br i The Camomile Lawn i moves from Cornwall to London and back again over the years telling the stories of the cousins their family and their friends united by shared losses and lovers by family ties and the absurd conditions imposed by war as their paths cross and recross over the years Mary Wesley presents an extraordinarily vivid and lively picture of wartime London the rationing imaginatively circumvented the fallen houses the parties the new found comforts of sex the desperate humour of survival all of it evoked with warmth clarity and stunning wit And through it all the cousins and their friends try to hold on to the part of themselves that laughed and played dangerous games on that camomile lawn, The moving story of a woman who finds the perfect balance between a passionate love and a steadfast marriageNed was tall kind and wealthy the perfect man to marry according to Rose s father So Rose gave Ned her promise never to leave him and she never did br br Nearly fifty years later the newly widowed Rose thought by all to be not the sort of girl to stray from her perfect marriage looks back on a life during which she kept faith with Ned and with her lover Mylo This is her story of constancy passion humor and delight all the verities and ambiguities of love