Hester Roon

Norah Lofts

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Hester Roon

Hester Roon The Fleece Inn stood where the three roads joined the roads to London to Norwich and to the sea Its trade was prosperous its hospitality famous and the host was jolly and generous To his servants he

  • Title: Hester Roon
  • Author: Norah Lofts
  • ISBN: 9780552082525
  • Page: 404
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Fleece Inn stood where the three roads joined the roads to London, to Norwich and to the sea Its trade was prosperous, its hospitality famous and the host was jolly and generous To his servants he was cruel and menacing, and to Ellie Roon, the most menial servant at the Fleece, he was a figure of terror Ellie was used to being bullied, but when her illegitimate daThe Fleece Inn stood where the three roads joined the roads to London, to Norwich and to the sea Its trade was prosperous, its hospitality famous and the host was jolly and generous To his servants he was cruel and menacing, and to Ellie Roon, the most menial servant at the Fleece, he was a figure of terror Ellie was used to being bullied, but when her illegitimate daughter was born in a rat ridden attic of the Fleece she decided that Hester must have a different kind of life And so, Hester Roon began her eventful progress in the harsh world of 18th century England After fleeing from the inn, and the attentions of the owner, she became involved in the London underworld From there she found herself in a world far beyond her imaginings

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    1. Werner on said:

      Note, Jan. 3, 2018: I edited this review just now to make a minor, one-word correction in the text.Although Norah Lofts is a writer I first encountered back in the 60s, and I count her as a favorite, I've still only scratched the surface of her work, which includes voluminous historical fiction. This novel, set in the 18th century (a date, 1775, is given only late in the book; but her reference, in a note preceding the book text, to Bayne-Powell's English Life in the 18th Century clues us to the [...]

    2. E Wilson on said:

      I was so happy to find a Norah Lofts book that I had not yet read. I kept thinking I mightdiscover that I had read it and just forgotten, but it was all new to me. As usual, I enjoyedall the historical details and interesting cast of characters. Hester started out rather selfish and unlikable, but as the story went on she became more sympathetic. I was a little disappointedin the ending. Not with what transpired or how things ended up, but the last few chapters seemedas if they were cobbled toge [...]

    3. Claude on said:

      A very interesting book by Norah Lofts, with the main character being sent to the West Indies after a lot of adventures. Unfortunately, the version I have is missing some ten minutes at the end. So I will try and get my hands on a physical book to read the final chapter. How frustrating! But this novel is certainly well worth reading.

    4. Erica Caldwell on said:

      Slow Going. I gave Hester Roon two stars because it was slow going and a bit boring. This book needed more sustenance. It was, however, an easy read. Not difficult to understand at all.

    5. Liz Haigney Lynch on said:

      Intriguing, suspensefulWhat makes Norah Lofts' work special is her refusal to ingratiate her key characters with an audience -- she puts them out there warts and all, and you can't be sure a heroine is going to be nice just because she's a heroine. Hester Roon is a classic Lofts heroine in that regard, a mix of good (smart, good-looking, resourceful) and not-so-good (impulsive, sometimes self-absorbed). Poverty and rotten luck cause her to grow up fast, so it's a good thing she's a champion at t [...]

    6. Donna on said:

      Another romantic historical fiction by Norah Lofts that is so much more than that genre implies. Yes, it is, ultimately, a romance. But it is also a deftly told story of class differences and conflict, the effects of slavery on both owner and slave, and the system of indentured servitude that laws and values established and maintained. The fiction, while always masterfully created by Lofts, is rooted in her deep knowledge and understanding of history. The title character is not to be forgotten-- [...]

    7. Sharon on said:

      I recently re-read this one to see if it was a good as I remembered from reading it in the 70's! It was! I think that I like to get a little more into the head of the heroine, than this book did when Hester lost her mother. But then I think that maybe that showed the character depthe didn't think much about what motivated her to do things, just followed gut instinct to what her basic survival needs were. Recommend this read!

    8. Leslie Knox on said:

      Norah Lofts is an old-fashioned author whom I read when young, but am once again picking up her books. This is one I missed when young and so far I am enjoying the story. It is very rich in historical detail as she always does and spans many years in the life of Hester Roon from her birth. Norah Lofts was always a great writer to me and this one is no exception. The audio version is great with the different accents well done by the reader. Helps to enjoy the book much more.

    9. Kelly on said:

      I'm pretty sure I read this a long time ago. My aunt had loaned it to me. I THINK this is the one I'm thinking of, but I guess I'm not really sure. I remember servants, a dark old inn/house/mansion whatever, I vaguely recall the name Hester, and that's about it.

    10. Korri on said:

      I got bored. It just kept dragging so I ended up flipping through pages until I got the jist of it.

    11. Dorothy Bush on said:

      Great story line and well-written. It wasn't a time period I usually read but stories about life are timeless.

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