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The Old Priory
The Old Priory
Author: Norah Lofts
Few men have had to consider such an arrangement; fewer still could have ignored such a reward. Thus--dangerously, secretly--a handsome young sailor with chestnut colored hair responds to the urgent appeals of an unlikely siren beckoning him to a room somewhere in Suffolk, in the England of 1590. There in exchange for an enormous sum of gold, he...  more »
ISBN: 286930
Publication Date: 1982
Pages: 215
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Publisher: Doubleday and Co.
Book Type: Hardcover
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Well written, but the structure doesn't provide a satisfactory conclusion to the initial set-up.

This book is written from various perspectives of characters over three generations. The beginning is intriguing and makes the reader anticipate that the lives of the narrators will somehow be drawn together in a dramatic, or at least interesting, way near the end of the book. Unfortunately, although nothing is left hanging, nothing is really resolved. Lofts's treatment of the storyline is not satisfactory in that the reader feels there is no conclusion to the lives of the families who have been drawn together. Luckily, most of the characters are memorably drawn and fleshed out. However, the one you most wish to learn more about is the one who simply passes through one or two of the last chapters without much development.