Castle Barebane

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  • Joan Aiken
  • 09 September 2019
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About the Author: Joan Aiken

ó Castle Barebane ePUB ´ castle pdf, barebane pdf, Castle BarebaneCastle Barebane eBookJoan Aiken was a much loved English writer who received the MBE for services to Children s Literature She was known as a writer of wild fantasy, Gothic novels and short storiesShe was born in Rye, East Sussex, into a family of writers, including her father, Conrad Aiken who won a Pulitzer Prize for his poetry , and her sister, Jane Aiken Hodge She worked for the United Nations Information Office during the second world war, and then as an editor and freelance on Argosy magazine before she started writing full time, mainly children s books and thrillers For her books she received the Guardian Award and the Edgar Allan Poe Award Her most popular series, the Wolves Chronicles which began with The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, was set in an elaborate alternate period of history in a Britain in which James II was never deposed in the Glorious Revolution,and so supporters of the House of Hanover continually plot to overthrow the Stuart Kings These books also feature cockney urchin heroine Dido Twite and her adventures and travels all over the worldAnother series of children s books about Arabel and her raven Mortimer are illustrated by Quentin Blake, and have been shown on the BBC as Jackanory and drama series Others including the much loved Necklace of Raindrops and award winning Kingdom Under the Sea are illustrated by Jan Pie kowskiHer many novels for adults include several that continue or complement novels by Jane Austen These include Mansfield Revisited and Jane FairfaxAiken was a lifelong fan of ghost stories She set her adult supernatural novel The Haunting of Lamb House at Lamb House in Rye now a National Trust property This ghost story recounts in fictional form an alleged haunting experienced by two former residents of the house, Henry James and E F Benson, both of whom also wrote ghost stories Aiken s father, Conrad Aiken, also authored a small number of notable ghost stories.


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  1. ``Laurie Henderson says:

    I ve given this excellent novel 4 and 1 2 stars Joan Aiken is a master of creating a gothic atmosphere for her heroine in much distress as she deftly negotiates her way through many dangers and drama a whole lot of drama if you re in that kind of mood.Joan and her sister,Jane Aiken Hodge were popular authors back in the 1960 s and 70 s and I devoured every one of their books I could get my hands on Sadly, after the advent of the racy, bodice ripper during the 70 s the sister s books went ou I ve given this excellent novel 4 and 1 2 stars Joan Aiken is a master of creating a gothic atmosphere for her heroine in much distress as she deftly negotiates her way through many dangers and drama a whole lot of drama if you re in that kind of mood.Joan and her sister,Jane Aiken Hodge were popular authors back in the 1960 s and 70 s and I devoured every one of their books I could get my hands on Sadly, after the advent of the racy, bodice ripper during the 70 s the sister s books went out of style and seem to be forgotten.Jane Aiken Hodge books were mostly set during the Regency era and the gothic atmosphere she brought to that era was unique and much different from thelight hearted Regency romances that are beloved by fans of Jane Austen and Heyer.In Castle Barebane, set during the Victorian era, our heroine Valla Montgomery, a young American woman living in New York, is independent and loves her job as a freelance writer submitting her work to several newspapers She s lost both of her parents though which leaves her open to male predators scheming to take advantage of her.Her handsome and rich American fianc e is mad about her and can t wait to set the wedding date but free spirit Valla is having second thoughts when she realizes she will have to end her writing career once she marries into high society Her wayward, half brother enters the picture and talks her into visiting his family in Scotland since his wife and 2 children need her help Valla jumps at the opportunity as she needstime to consider if she s ready to marry and give up her career Although she s never met her brother s family she answers the call to duty and is soon on her way to Scotland to help take care of her niece and nephew Valla arrives to find the children alone and their parents missing As she tries to find the children s relatives and locate their missing parents she faces many trials and tribulations but perhaps love as well Unfortunately for Valla, Jack the Ripper is terrorizing London at this time and soon Valla has to face the horrible fact that her wayward brother just might be the Ripper There are 2 other male characters that might be the Ripper as well and Valla uses her newspaper experience to hunt down the maniac that is trying to kill her and the children.The Ripper is onto Valla now as she retreats to Castle Barebane to protect the children and he s not far behind Upon their arrival we meet the hilariously, grumpy housekeeper, who isn t exactly thrilled to have another woman in her kitchen, but soon Valla and her charges are accepted into the very small community This is one book you won t be able to put down until the last page Aiken has created many characters with distinct personalities as well as an atmosphere of terror and suspense that I found enthralling There were many moments when I was so caught up in the story that I would almost shout NO DON T WHY WHY WHY as I rooted for Valla and the children all the way Some decisions Valla made would drive me absolutely crazy at times as the young and heedless heroine didn t seem to realize what danger she was facing Joan Aiken s books can have a very dark tone and all doesn t necessarily end well but you can count on the heroine finding romance with the right person in the end

  2. Clover White says:

    This novel was muchcomplex than the typical Gothic romance Once I really got into the book, it was hard to stop I don t know exactly when this novel is set, but I think the late 1800s It follows a NYC woman journalist who goes to London to care for her half brother s children, whom she has never met When she arrives in London, she cannot find the family Her search for them, and her subsequent time spent in Scotland, makes for interesting reading This book does NOT tie up all the loos This novel was muchcomplex than the typical Gothic romance Once I really got into the book, it was hard to stop I don t know exactly when this novel is set, but I think the late 1800s It follows a NYC woman journalist who goes to London to care for her half brother s children, whom she has never met When she arrives in London, she cannot find the family Her search for them, and her subsequent time spent in Scotland, makes for interesting reading This book does NOT tie up all the loose ends happily, but it was a somewhat realistic and definitely very interesting ending

  3. Marina Maidou says:

    ,, , 1880 , , ,, , 1880 , , , , ,, , ,a, , view spoiler , hide spoiler view spoiler hide spoiler view spoiler , , , hide spoiler, .I read this novel in English and I was translating it in Greek for my own pleasure, not for professional use, of course so that took a long time to finish it.It s my first contact with Joan Aiken s stories and I must say it was a nice gothic, historical novel which is set in the late 1880s Though it begins like a Victorian romance, soon it becomes clear that the main heroine is an intelligent, independent she s a journalist and non conformist woman for example, she doesn t like children, but she accepts the request to take care of her brother s children, staying in a foreign country The story becomes a real page turner when her brother and his wife disappear and the heroine is wandering to find her siblings from civilized New York to bleak London, then to mysterious Edimbourg and at last in the fictional, isolated, wild Ardnacarrig in Scotland The whole atmosphere of the story centers on Valla s struggle to rationalize her gloomy and wicked premonitions about the mysterious events that happen and the persons she meets by circumstances or not Some points that I didn t find very convincing, so I wished to havedetails was, why Valla got attracted by Benet, while next, she likesthe older than her, sir Marcus I understand about the latter because probably he reminds her father view spoiler personally, I didn t find ser Marcus at least attractive, with his grumbling and his fear for germs, but who am I to judge hide spoiler At the end of the story there are some shocking things that happen view spoiler don t read this if you want to continue enjoying the mystery hide spoiler view spoiler well, you asked for it all I m going to say is poor Davie, nobody cared at last and what about that idiot sir Marcus phrase to Val, not to cry so muchfor Jannie hide spoiler and until the end, there is nothing considered about Generally, I liked the whole story and the way the author was building her stories, with the haunted atmosphere and the shadows that lay on sunny places and the dark sides of her characters

  4. Ania Gaska says:

    I read this on the couch, drinking tea with my cats lounging around me It was perfect for the gloomy fall weather, and for my stressed and frazzled mind.

  5. Christine Honsinger says:

    I just loved this bookJoan Aiken s writing style is superb, and sometimes I would just stop and re read entire paragraphs or sentences over and over and jot them down in my journalwonderful prose I think this novel is really a step above the normal gothic suspense book in many ways, including the fact that it endedrealistically than most, which, truthfully, I was sorry for, because I love me a big happy ending, lol Ah well, as a story teller, Aiken is right up there, and I will con I just loved this bookJoan Aiken s writing style is superb, and sometimes I would just stop and re read entire paragraphs or sentences over and over and jot them down in my journalwonderful prose I think this novel is really a step above the normal gothic suspense book in many ways, including the fact that it endedrealistically than most, which, truthfully, I was sorry for, because I love me a big happy ending, lol Ah well, as a story teller, Aiken is right up there, and I will continue to read her gothic suspense books Onethought, the heroine in this book was stronger, smarter, andemancipated than in any other gothic suspense book of the Victorian era I have ever read A real feminist for the time period It accounts for one of the reasons why this book worked so well and was so unpredictable Quite nice change if you are a fan of gothic fiction of the 60 s and 70 s but are looking for something a little different

  6. Sarah says:

    Aiken has a real problem with pacing, I m noticing This book is styled a novel of suspense, but only in the last 30 pages or so does anything really happen and happen it does The rest of the novel is spent meandering from one dead end to the next and raising two small children Handled well, and edited down, this could be just fine I don t need constant action in my books but I m not entirely sure who the audience was for this book Someone who is interested in the slow domestic narrativ Aiken has a real problem with pacing, I m noticing This book is styled a novel of suspense, but only in the last 30 pages or so does anything really happen and happen it does The rest of the novel is spent meandering from one dead end to the next and raising two small children Handled well, and edited down, this could be just fine I don t need constant action in my books but I m not entirely sure who the audience was for this book Someone who is interested in the slow domestic narrative would be put off by the violent ending, and someone who wants a novel of suspense would be bored for the majority of the book It could have used a heavy edit, andsuspenseful elements throughout the text the ONLY suspenseful thing doesn t even pay off

  7. A.A. Abbott says:

    Val Montgomery and her brother both followed her father into journalism After investigating a series of Ripper style murders in London, her brother has disappeared Val finds herself looking after his small children in a crumbling Scottish mansion Yet are they really safe in the sarcastically nicknamed Castle Barebane Although published in the 1970s, the story is set in the 19th century and written in a Gothic style, with suspense mounting steadily Like all of Joan Aiken s books, it s a light Val Montgomery and her brother both followed her father into journalism After investigating a series of Ripper style murders in London, her brother has disappeared Val finds herself looking after his small children in a crumbling Scottish mansion Yet are they really safe in the sarcastically nicknamed Castle Barebane Although published in the 1970s, the story is set in the 19th century and written in a Gothic style, with suspense mounting steadily Like all of Joan Aiken s books, it s a light, engaging read I picked up an ex library book for pennies, and it s available on the Kindle too

  8. Pamela Baird says:

    What a fabulous storyVery dramatic and romantic with lots of twists and turns Definitely well worth reading I can t wait to read .

  9. Robin says:

    First adult book of hers I have read and enjoyed it a lot Ready for .

  10. Rose says:

    I found this book on the shelf in the library, in so fragile a condition that they may retire it when I bring it back.Joan Aiken s novels always make me smile This one starts in Victorian New York but apparently will soon move over to London Our heroine, Val Montgomery, is a modern thinker, an idealist, a professional journalist freelance, I think , and engaged to be married to a New York gentleman of society I smell trouble from her in laws to be, they are already pressuring her to give u I found this book on the shelf in the library, in so fragile a condition that they may retire it when I bring it back.Joan Aiken s novels always make me smile This one starts in Victorian New York but apparently will soon move over to London Our heroine, Val Montgomery, is a modern thinker, an idealist, a professional journalist freelance, I think , and engaged to be married to a New York gentleman of society I smell trouble from her in laws to be, they are already pressuring her to give up her career.Her tall blond semi angelic looking half brother Nils has just arrived on the scene He will be a catalyst Mysteries that I can see so far How on earth did Val and her fiance hook up in the first place nothing cagey on her side, but I wonder about his, especially since he is obviously still interested in his cousin Lottie What caused Val s mother to abruptly leave her second husband Val s father and take her older boy with her to England, to die off screen some years later Nils is just mysterious I m sure there will bethere