#amreading – What, Why, While :  The House in the Hollow by Allie Cresswell @Alliescribbler

What (am I currently reading)?

I am currently reading The House in the Hollow : A Regency Family Saga by Allie Cresswell.  This book is the first in The Talbot Saga series of 3 books, and was published in October 2020. 

Book Blurb (taken from  https://allie-cresswell.com/  )

The Talbots are wealthy. But their wealth is from ‘trade’. With neither ancient lineage nor title, they struggle for entrance into elite Regency society. Finally, aided by an impecunious viscount, they gain access to the drawing rooms of England’s most illustrious houses. Once established in le bon ton, Mrs Talbot intends her daughter Jocelyn to marry well, to eliminate the stain of the family’s ignoble beginnings. But the young men Jocelyn meets are vacuous, seeing Jocelyn as merely a brood mare with a great deal of money. Only Lieutenant Barnaby Willow sees the real Jocelyn, but he must go to Europe to fight the French. The hypocrisy of fashionable society repulses Jocelyn—beneath the courtly manners and studied elegance she finds tittle-tattle, deceit, dissipation and vice. Jocelyn stumbles upon and then is embroiled in a sordid scandal which will mean utter disgrace for the Talbot family. Humiliated and dishonoured, she is sent to a remote house hidden in a hollow of the Yorkshire moors. There, separated from family, friends and any hope of hearing about the lieutenant’s fate, she must build her own life—and her own social order—anew.

Why (have I chosen to read it)?

I read the 2nd book in this series, The Lady in the Veil, earlier this year and loved it, so have been keen to read the rest of the series, and am now going back to Book 1 (of 3).  What a great historical fiction writer Allie Cresswell is. 

While (I  am reading it) 

We’re still enjoying sunny days here, but but it is cold out of the sun. So when walking past our local airfield I was amused to see that even the helicopter has got his winter coat on.  The red post in the foreground is a marker for a cross country ski route – put in the ground before the ground freezes. 

All the best, Emma

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