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Allusion is not Illusion

You'll pry my books off my cold, dead body. By the time you shift them all I'll be flat and dessicated.

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Winter's Tales
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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
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Shoulder the Sky: A Story of Winter in the Hills (Dering Family, #3) - D.E. Stevenson
Two isolated houses on either side of a stream, hills covered in snow...


The dust jacket is a fairly accurate representation of what's inside the book.

The end papers, not so much.


Does that remind anyone else of one of those '50s films where college students have wholesome fun?

A newly married artist moves from London to rural Scotland and tries to adjust to amenity-free isolation. Naturally she ends up loving it; everyone in Stevenson novels loves rural Scotland, even men like her husband who become farmers and have to work 12 hours a day (although there are members of the lower classes to do the actual labor, of course). She also takes on a misunderstood local boy as a protege and mends a broken romance.

In the odd fashion not uncommon to Stevenson, the book ends anticlimactically, with most of the major characters off screen and the resolution(s) clear but not witnessed by the reader.