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Elizabeth von Arnim

Anna Estcourt, twenty-five and beautiful, is the penniless ward of her distant brother and his exasperating wife. Turning down all offers of marriage, scornful at the thought of leaning on a man for help and comfort, she thinks only of the independence which seems an impossible dream. But out of the blue Uncle Joachim, her mother's brother, leaves her a handsome property in Germany. Her longed for independence is within her grasp, and though it's a rocky beginning with the locals, she loves her new home. Keen to use her new-found wealth for the benefit of others, she embarks on a plan to throw open her doors to distressed gentlewomen - a project which takes a far greater physical and emotional toll than she could have imagined. Although she maintains that she is not interested in men, might the friendship of her neighbouring landowner, Axel Lohm, make her new life a little easier to bear?... A warm, charming story which is packed with Elizabeth von Arnim's trademark humour and wry observation of character. It's also a perceptive critique of society's constraints on women, holding up a glass to all the artfulness and falseness of 'femininity' - but despite its strong feminist overtones, it manages simultaneously to be a wonderful romantic comedy! - Summary by Helen Taylor

Anna Estcourt, twenty-five and beautiful, is the penniless ward of her distant brother and his exasperating wife. Turning down all offers of marriage, scornful at the thought of leaning on a man for help and comfort, she thinks only of the independence which seems an impossible dream. But out of the blue Uncle Joachim, her mother's brother, leaves her a handsome property in Germany. Her longed for independence is within her grasp, and though it's a rocky beginning with the locals, she loves her new home. Keen to use her new-found wealth for the benefit of others, she embarks on a plan to throw open her doors to distressed gentlewomen - a project which takes a far greater physical and emotional toll than she could have imagined. Although she maintains that she is not interested in men, might the friendship of her neighbouring landowner, Axel Lohm, make her new life a little easier to bear?... A warm, charming story which is packed with Elizabeth von Arnim's trademark humour and wry observation of character. It's also a perceptive critique of society's constraints on women, holding up a glass to all the artfulness and falseness of 'femininity' - but despite its strong feminist overtones, it manages simultaneously to be a wonderful romantic comedy! - Summary by Helen Taylor
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Anna Estcourt, twenty-five and beautiful, is the penniless ward of her distant brother and his exasperating wife. Turning down all offers of marriage, scornful at the thought of leaning on a man for help and comfort, she thinks only of the independence which seems an impossible dream. But out of the blue Uncle Joachim, her mother's brother, leaves her a handsome property in Germany. Her longed for independence is within her grasp, and though it's a rocky beginning with the locals, she loves her new home. Keen to use her new-found wealth for the benefit of others, she embarks on a plan to throw open her doors to distressed gentlewomen - a project which takes a far greater physical and emotional toll than she could have imagined. Although she maintains that she is not interested in men, might the friendship of her neighbouring landowner, Axel Lohm, make her new life a little easier to bear?... A warm, charming story which is packed with Elizabeth von Arnim's trademark humour and wry observation of character. It's also a perceptive critique of society's constraints on women, holding up a glass to all the artfulness and falseness of 'femininity' - but despite its strong feminist overtones, it manages simultaneously to be a wonderful romantic comedy! - Summary by Helen Taylor

Language:

English

Narrators:

Helen Taylor

Length:

11h 28m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

21:53


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

13:35


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

28:56


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

11:02


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

39:24


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

34:45


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

34:27


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

20:41


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

16:02


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

29:59


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

19:06


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

22:55


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

18:34


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

17:46


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

30:14


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

15:28


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

18:44


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

20:42


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

18:27


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

17:02


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

25:39


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

23:19


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

17:17


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

26:05


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

11:47


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:39


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

23:15


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

21:01


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

15:53


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

22:49


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

32:02


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

12:10