Sarah's Story

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Candlewick Press, 2002 - Juvenile Fiction - 288 pages
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Four independent-minded sisters come of age in the early 1900s - and four interwoven novels tell their stories, each through a different sister’s eyes.

The year is 1910, and the four Purcell sisters have only each other. Their mother has died, leaving them orphans in a rambling country estate. But with the help of the Mackenzies - their guardian and his family, whom the sisters come to love in very different ways - Sarah, Frances, Julia, and Gwen find the courage to follow their own paths in a world that is rapidly changing.
Avid readers and fans of historical-fiction classics will love these spirited heroines - named "the Little Women of our times" by the TIMES of London - and will be thoroughly absorbed by their intertwining tales, full of feistiness, creativity, and young romance.

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Review: Sarah's Story (The Quantock Quartet #1)

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What beautiful writing. I love the way Ms. Harris set the scene. Sarah's story, is about four sisters who are orphaned in 1910, and this book is the youngest girl's story. It starts off when she is ... Read full review

Review: Sarah's Story (The Quantock Quartet #1)

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Oddly, not only did my wife pick up this book thinking I'd like it, but the Kindred Spirits group ( also choose it some months back. I did like the story ... Read full review


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About the author (2002)

Ruth Elwin Harris began storytelling during the Second World War when she and her brother went to stay with their grandfather in his isolated Somerset house. "We led a very solitary existence," she says. "Not that we minded. We read a lot and made up stories to entertain each other." It is that house, christened Hillcrest, that plays an important part in her Quantock Hills series. "My grandfather bought it in the 1930s from three elderly sisters - all of whom had been painters. Their murals still remained on the stable walls. I used to think about those sisters and wonder about life in the village when they were young.

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