Pargeters

Norah Lofts, Author Doubleday Books $16.95 (333p) ISBN 978-0-385-19400-6
Lofts's final work bears the storyteller's signet that distinguished her more than 40 novels. A very special house is the centerpiece of this historical narrative that begins in 17th century England when Adam Woodley, a skilled pargeter (plasterer), has a house named in honor of his craft. His one-sided marriage to the daughter of Pargeter's owner begins the line of men and women who, through the Civil War between Royalists and Roundheads, tried to hold on to the beloved property. It is Adam's daughter Sarah who ultimately survives, enduring a loveless marriage to save her heritage when it is sequestered in the postwar spoils. In the unfolding of Sarah's struggle for the restoration of Partegers, Lofts takes the reader into a turbulent period as the effects of war, Puritanism and local brutalities tear at the fiber of doughty Anglians. January 3
Reviewed on: 01/01/1986
Release date: 01/01/1986
Mass Market Paperbound - 978-0-8217-2277-0
Hardcover - 445 pages - 978-0-7531-8560-5
Paperback - 456 pages - 978-0-7531-8561-2
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