Nelly Dean by Alison Case
Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader. We share the first sentence and whatever thoughts of impressions it provokes. For the Friday 56, hosted by Freda’s Voice, we share a few lines from either page 56 or 56%.
Dear Mr Lockwood,
I don’t expect you’ll be expecting to hear from me, not since I sent you the few bits of things you left behind on your last visit – you’ll remember, the handkerchiefs, and your carved walking stick that turned up after you left.
But this was not to be. The next morning, while the family was at breakfast, a strange young man on horseback cantered up to the door, and, with pardons for interrupting the family at their meal. introduced himself as a clerk to the Morton family’s solicitor, with urgent business for the man of the house.
A gripping and heartbreaking novel that reimagines life at Wuthering Heights through the eyes of the Earnshaws’ loyal servant, Nelly Dean.
Young Nelly Dean has been Hindley’s closest companion for as long as she can remember, living freely at the great house, Wuthering Heights. But when the benevolence of the master brings a wild child into the house, Nelly must follow in her mother’s footsteps, be called servant and give herself to the family completely.
But Nelly is not the only one who must serve. When a new heir is born, a reign of violence begins that will test Nelly’s spirit as she finds out what it is to know true sacrifice.
Nelly Dean is a wonderment of storytelling, a heartbreaking accompaniment to Emily Bronte’s adored work. It is the story of a woman who is fated to bear the pain of a family she is unable to leave, and unable to save.
15th – 21st – Do you use NetGalley, Edelweiss, both, or neither? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)
I use NetGalley. I’ve tried Edelweiss too, but I don’t like the interface and I get approved far less.