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Parson Harding's Daughter by Caroline Harvey

Parson Harding's Daughter

by Caroline Harvey

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Caroline, unconventional daughter of a local parson, goes to India to help her cousin settle down. A realistic portrayal of life in colonial India, with a courageous girl making the most of appalling circumstances. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
A romance novel with a difference - the heroine is not beautiful, or helpless, but resourceful. The barriers between her and the man she loves seem insurmountable, but they are not. Caroline Harding, 26 and with no other options than to accept the proposal of a long-ago suitor, travels to India to find that nothing is as she expected. But she survives a disastrous marriage and tragedy to find love in the end. ( )
  DollyBantry | Apr 10, 2011 |
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The Reverend Henry Harding, parson to the excellent living of Stoke Abbas, was a handsome and prepossessing man. Unfortunately fate had seen fit to bless him with a family of extremely plain and unprepossessing children. Caroline was the least offensively plain according to Lady Lennox, but the entire Lennox family also admitted that Caroline was the most insignificant person in the county of Dorset.

Caroline, already twenty-six, was bullied by her elder sister, was nervous in company, and had no prospects at all. She had one golden memory, of an admirer when she was eighteen, but John Gates, nephew to the Lennox family, had gone to India and forgotten her. Or so she thought.

When Lady Lennox summoned her and said that Johnny Gates had sent a proposal of marriage, Caroline at first declined. She suspected that somehow Lady Lennox--for reasons of her own--had contrived and pressured her erswhile suitor into proposing. But within a few short weeks tragedy had overtaken Caroline. The little contentment and security she had known vanished from her life and left her no option but to accept Lady Lennox's offer.

In October of 1776, Caroline Harding set sail for India, to a new life, and a man she had not seen for eight years.
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Caroline Harding is the youngest of Parson Harding's five plain children. At 23 years of age she has resigned herself to a life of ministering to the poor in her Dorset village. When her father dies in 1775 she accepts an offer of marriage from Johnnie Gates, in dispair. She follows him out to India and life goes from bad to worse but she has friends in high places and all is reconciled in the end.

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