Lucy Carmichael Author:Margaret Kennedy Once in a great while a novel is written with the sweep and the depth which allow the reader to lose himself for many hours in a world of someone else's creation. Margaret Kennedy's LUCY CARMICHAEL is such a book. — It is the sort of rich, warm novel that Jane Austen might have written had she been born in to the Twentieth Century. — LUCY CARMICH... more »AEL tells how a girl rebuilt her life after she was abandoned, literally, at the altar. It is also a story of intrigue in a typically English community called Ravonsbridge, and more particularly in and around a materialistic institution which was supposed to bring "culture" to Ravonsbridge.
There are no skimped characters, and there is no feeling of hurry or clutter. Miss Kennedy takes time to tell her readers the whole truth about her people. The men and women of LUCY CARMICHAEL live in the round, and become the reader's familiar friends, or personal enemies. The places are given space and background, the food has flavor, the flowers have odor, the events have pace.
And best of all, there is genuine excitement in the boo-not the excitement of speciously arranged plot, but the sort which stems from the inevitable movement of real people through a real life.
LUCY CARMICHAEL shows a mature writer at the peak of her career.« less