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The House Of Lanyon (Exmoor Saga) by Valerie…

The House Of Lanyon (Exmoor Saga) (edition 2007)

by Valerie Anand

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Title:The House Of Lanyon (Exmoor Saga)
Authors:Valerie Anand
Info:Mira (2007), Hardcover, 592 pages
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I wanted to like this book since it's set in England in one of my favorite time periods, but I was severely disappointed. I liked the idea of the story, and some of the plot, but otherwise the execution was just not my cup of tea. It's a family saga, more or less following one woman from her early years when she has a "passionate" love affair which spark off a series of events that follow her through the rest of her life.

It was a slog. I didn't care about any of the characters who were all terribly flat, and all spoke in long winded paragraphs of exposition. With many exclamation points! Like this! They always talked like this! There was just so much telling, and most of the plot twists were predictable. The setting and time period hardly influenced the story except in the broadest possible sense, so it didn't really work as historical fiction or romance. Very disappointing all around. ( )
  Tess_Elizabeth | Jan 7, 2016 |
Splendidly readable family drama, though not quite achieving the level of the author's Bridges over Time or Norman Chronicles series. As a supporter of Richard III's innocence in the matter of the murder of the Princes in the Tower, she is rather selective in the historical evidence that gets mentioned in the narrative, but this is not the main point of the story. One other small point is that there seem to be an implausibly large number of characters who live until their seventies or eighties, a rare occurence in the 15th century. But this book, like her other novels, gives a very good feel for the ebb and flow of Medieval life. ( )
  john257hopper | May 23, 2009 |
An excellent story, it drew me to the end. The characters were believable and their desperation and dedication were admirable. ( )
  MarcusAverius | Nov 15, 2008 |
This is a historical novel of ambition, class warfare and thwarted love. The Lanyon's are hardworking, tough (frequently bullying), tenants working land belonging to the gentry family, the Sweetwaters. As the novel opens, Richard Lanyon becomes the tyrannical patriarch after the death of his father. A fracas at his father's funeral intensifies his resentment of his landlords, and Richard will devote a great deal of his life, and through main force, that of his family, in rivalry. He arranges a sensible, advantageous marriage for his son, Peter, with Liza Weaver, although neither of the the prospective bridal couple wants the match. Nonetheless, they try to make the best of their situation, and struggle with the demands and disruptions of war and family tragedy. A very gripping and moving book with a complex story. ( )
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This book is dedicated, most affectionately and gratefully, to all members of the Exmoor Society, and in particular to the members of its London Area Branch.
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Allerbrook House is a manor house with charm.
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When two ambitious families occupy the same patch of English soil, rivalry is sure to take root and flourish. A glimmer of initiative swells into blind desire, and minor hurts, nursed with jealousy, fester into a malignant hatred. When a bitter feud is born, the price for this wild and beautiful piece of ground will take more than three generations to settle.

Richard Lanyon answers to no one save the aristocratic Sweetwater family, owners of the land he farms. His bitter resentment is legend within the bounds of their tiny Exmoor community, but as their tenant, Richard must do their bidding. Still, even noblemen don't have the power to contain ruthless ambition, and the Sweetwaters are no exception. Driven to succeed, Richard is prepared to take what is not his, and to forfeit the happiness of his family to claim the entitlements he lusts for.

In this epic story Valerie Anand creates a vivid portrait of fifteenth-century English life that resonates with the age-old themes of ambition, power, desire and greed.

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In fifteenth-century England, Richard Lanyon, who had sacrificed the happiness of his own family to become a landowner, finds he can no longer live with the guilt of his past, while his son, agreeing to an arranged marriage, harbors his own lost dreams.… (more)

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