Pargeters Author:Norah Lofts Of all her many bestselling books, Norah Lofts's historical novels have always been the most beloved, reflecting her rare ability to transport readers to another time and place through her masterful use of language and her keen knowledge of history and customs. Now in Pargeters, her final novel, Lofts is at her storytelling best as she presents... more » a colorful and compelling tale of a very special house and the men and women who lived in it during England's Civil War in the seventeenth century.
Pargeting is a skilled trade, and Adam Woodley created such beautiful plaster designs for John Mercer's new house at Minsham that Mercer named the house Pargeters in honor of the craftsman. But when Mercer's daughter Penelope fell in love and married Woodley, little did both men realize just how strongly their familes would be united in that fine house during the turbulent years of battle and blood-shed which lay ahead.
In the next generation, however, Adam's spirited daughter Sarah would realize it. As her brother John valiantly fought for the King under the reckless Prince Rupert and the tenant farmers ran off to join Cromwell's Roundheads, Sarah desperately struggled to keep Pargetters running. In a largely Puritan region of England, Sarah's Royalist leanings dangerously trapped her in a web of political intrigues. And when she saved a badly wounded young man who had a Puritan price on his head, she knew if she was caught, they both would surely hang. But Sarah's passionate heart was filled with desire and bold determination...and neither war nor tyranny would take away this man she loved...or the house she so proudly possessed.
Alive with thrilling romance and adventure, Pargeters is a captivating novel, rich in period detail and authenticity. It is a story you will read with relish and remember for years to come.« less