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The Vicar's Daughter by George MacDonald

The Vicar's Daughter

by George MacDonald

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A fictional autobiography written by Wynnie, whose father is a gentle, intelligent clergyman. Wynnie has a happy childhood and falls in love with a struggling artist.

The book is a series of anecdotes, involving both Wynnie and her family and also her increasing circle of friends. We learn a great deal about the impoverished of society of the time, through the eyes of a music teacher who has chosen to live amidst poverty in order to help others rise above their roots.

It's a rambling account, ideal for reading a chapter or two at night, since most are complete in themselves. There's no overall plot, and not a great deal happens. There's a clear Christian worldview, whch comes out in various discussions, but I don't think it was overdone; in places, the book was quite thought-provoking.

The edition I read was free for my Kindle. Recommmended, in a low-key kind of way, to anyone wanting something fairly easy, with more depth than some modern novels. Three and a half stars, really. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
Another daughter of the young vicar and his wife whom we met in "A Quiet Neighborhood" is Wynnie. Wynnie relates the events of her engagement, marriage and the struggle of raising a family in the poverty of Victorian London.

The three books of the edited trilogy by Dan Hamilton are:
"A Quiet Neighborhood", "The Seaboard Parish", "The Vicar's Daughter"

The original George MacDonald titles are:
"Annals of a Quiet Neighborhood" 1866,"A Seaboard Parish 1868, "The Vicar's Daughter" 1872. ( )
  DSFord | Jun 4, 2010 |
Not one of MacDonald's best novels. But still filled with his homespun simple wisdom. ( )
  RRHowell | Mar 1, 2010 |
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Connie was now a thin, pale, delicate-looking--not handsome, but lovely girl. Her eyes, some people said, were too big for her face; but that seemed to me no more to the discredit of her beauty than it would have been a reproach to say that her soul was too big for her body. She had been early ripened by the hot sun of suffering, and the self-restraint which pain had taught her. Patience had mossed her over and made her warm and soft and sweet.

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