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The Young Clementina af D.E. Stevenson
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The Young Clementina (original 1935; udgave 2013)

af D.E. Stevenson (Forfatter)

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Love, Loss, and Love Again... Charlotte Dean enjoys nothing more than the solitude of her London flat and the monotonous days of her work at a travel bookshop. But when her younger sister unceremoniously bursts into her quiet life one afternoon, Charlotte's world turns topsy-turvy. Beloved author D.E. Stevenson captures the intricacies of post-World War I England with a light, comic touch that perfectly embodies the spirit of the time. Alternatively heartbreaking and witty, The Young Clementina is a touch tale of love, loss, and redemption through friendship. The Young Clementinais another heartwarming tale from D.E. Stevenson, beloved author of Miss Buncle's Book Readers love The Young Clementina: "Immensely enjoyable. As usual when I finish a novel by D.E. Stevenson, I cannot wipe the happy contented smile off my face." "A heartwarming story of love, lost and found...Lots of tears and happiness."… (mere)
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Titel:The Young Clementina
Forfattere:D.E. Stevenson (Forfatter)
Info:Sourcebooks Landmark (2013), 352 pages
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The Young Clementina af D. E. Stevenson (1935)

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    The Blue Castle af L. M. Montgomery (emanate28, emanate28)
    emanate28: A bit of a fairy tale, it deals with a young woman who is resigned to being alone...but finds her life's not over yet!
    emanate28: A bit of a fairy tale, it deals with a young woman who is resigned to being alone...but finds her life's not over yet!
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I can't really change my review of the prior edition. It's oddly good but poorly marketed. ( )
  OutOfTheBestBooks | Sep 24, 2021 |
I feel like I should complain of false advertising. This cover, though gorgeous, doesn't really express the spirit of this novel. And, this being the first post-Barbara-Buncle Stevenson novel that I read, I was expecting something different.

I wallowed in indecision at the beginning of this book. I didn't really like the pity party it seemed to be. But at some part, I think after the courtroom scene when Char finally grew a spine, I thought this might be passably decent-- but I still was unprepared for the way I was disappointed when it ended. I'm not sure when I really came to enjoy the story but at some point I did. Not sure I would read it again... I don't prefer romances that take themselves too seriously (with the exception of a couple classics). But it was an enjoyable read. ( )
  OutOfTheBestBooks | Sep 24, 2021 |
I found this book less humorous than Miss Buncle's Book but still very satisfying to the romantic in me. ( )
  leslie.98 | Jun 5, 2020 |
“The Young Clementina” (1938) by D.E. Stevenson, at least in its 2013 edition, is an easy book to misjudge by its cover. I expected something light and breezy, rather on the order of “Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day” by Winifred Watson, also first published in 1938 and made into an equally delightful film 70 years later. Stevenson's novel, while of comparable quality, is composed of more serious stuff.

We might also misjudge this book by its title. Charlotte Dean, the novel's narrator, has a younger sister named Clementina, though this pretty, manipulative woman calls herself Kitty. Kitty's daughter is also named Clementina. To which does the title refer? Neither, it turns out, lies at the center of the plot, although both are vital to it.

The key character, if not Charlotte herself, is Garth Wisdon, heir to an estate, whom she has loved since childhood. They plan to marry but the Great War interrupts those plans. When Charlotte first sees him after the war is over he is dramatically changed and shows no affection for her at all. He marries not her but Kitty and they soon have a daughter, while Charlotte settles into spinsterhood.

The marriage proves a stormy one, and Charlotte becomes a reluctant witness at their divorce trial. She discovers that her sister expects her to lie under oath on her behalf. Much else happens, best left for readers to discover on their own. These discoveries will be pleasurable and, for the most part, surprising.

Stevenson's novel turns into melodrama by the end, and that ending may be predictable. Still, on the whole, this is fine stuff, not the book we might expect but one we can enjoy. ( )
  hardlyhardy | Jan 12, 2020 |
The Young Clementina was my first D. E. Stevenson book, but it won't be my last. This story is narrated by the main character, Charlotte Dean, who grows up as best friends with the neighbor boy, Garth Wisdon of Hinkleton Manor. Their friendship blossoms into love just as WWI breaks out. When Garth returns from the war, he is changed toward Charlotte—cruel, sarcastic, cynical. Charlotte is bewildered...war is horrific, but was it really that that could change him so fundamentally toward her? And then he marries her beautiful younger sister Kitty, and Charlotte moves to London to work in a tiny bookshop and try to smother the emotions of the past. For twelve long years she lives alone, seeing her sister only rarely, when Kitty bursts back into her life to change it forever. I don't want to give the story away so I'll stop here.

This is beautifully written; wry, honest, sad, funny, perceptive, real. The characters truly live; I feel that I know them. Charlotte doesn't seem to know how to stand up for herself at times but this makes her all the more believable. She's compassionate and giving and intelligent and honest. The other characters are equally well written (I love Nanny and Mrs. Cope!). I have slightly mixed feelings about the ending; a certain character who behaved reprehensibly has no consequences for those actions, but it's a happy ending for Charlotte whom I grew to love, so it made me happy too. I stayed up well past my bedtime to finish this and it was worth it. In this season of toddlers and bedwetting and unpredictable amounts of sleep, that's high praise indeed! ( )
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I wonder how a hermit would feel if he had spent twelve years in his cell and were called back to the world to take up the burden of life with its griefs and worries and fears; if he had passed through the fire of rebellion and achieved resignation; if his flesh had been purged by sleepless nights and his mind had found the anodyne of regular daily work.
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[…] but unlike a stranger, she leaned on me to the point of exhaustion. She brought every mood to me, every transitory mood of anger or fear. [ellisions added] (Chap. 2)
Kitty had become an undisciplined woman. She had been an undisciplined child, for her charm had carried her through trouble and saved her again and again from just punishment for her childish faults; but an undisciplined child can be lovable, can easily be forgiven, whereas an undisciplined woman is a weariness of the flesh. (Chap. 2)
I realized, too, that Kitty had coarsened, not physically […] but coarsened mentally or perhaps spiritually would be closer to the truth. […] The coarsening of her mental fibers dismayed me. It was more grief to realize her degeneration, than to contemplate the mess she had made of her life, for the one was an inner and the fundamental thing and the other merely fortuitous. [ellisions added] (Chap. 2)
I found your sister slightly exhausting, Miss Dean. She is very charming of course, but like many charming ladies, she lacks balance, and she has too few reticences. She does not bear her burdens on her own back; she unloads them onto the nearest person with a sublime disregard of the said person's feelings. Just a leetle bit inconsiderate, don't you find? (Chap. 6)
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Published under the titles "Miss Dean's Dilemma," "The Young Clementina," and, "Divorced from Reality."
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Love, Loss, and Love Again... Charlotte Dean enjoys nothing more than the solitude of her London flat and the monotonous days of her work at a travel bookshop. But when her younger sister unceremoniously bursts into her quiet life one afternoon, Charlotte's world turns topsy-turvy. Beloved author D.E. Stevenson captures the intricacies of post-World War I England with a light, comic touch that perfectly embodies the spirit of the time. Alternatively heartbreaking and witty, The Young Clementina is a touch tale of love, loss, and redemption through friendship. The Young Clementinais another heartwarming tale from D.E. Stevenson, beloved author of Miss Buncle's Book Readers love The Young Clementina: "Immensely enjoyable. As usual when I finish a novel by D.E. Stevenson, I cannot wipe the happy contented smile off my face." "A heartwarming story of love, lost and found...Lots of tears and happiness."

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