Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 January 2021The Montefiore Bride by Patricia M Osborne
A beautifully written, fictional story based on factual information about a late 19th century baronet, Sir Francis Montefiore, the first and last baronet of Worth Park, in Crawley, West Sussex, who brings his Austrian bride back to live. Composed in prose and poetry, writer Patricia M Osborne cleverly packs her account of short and longer pieces with fascinating, well-researched historical detail that is deliciously descriptive, colourful and emotional.
Presented in a quality booklet fronted with a lovely photograph, the writer’s work is admirably raising funds for the homeless in Crawley and deserves every success.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 December 2020My Review of The Montefiore Bride By Patricia M Osborne
The Montefiore Bride is a beautifully written little story with lots of descriptions of the flowers and the park that the special couple travelled around. Also, the feeling of excitement of the onlookers waiting really bounced off the pages of this book. I really enjoyed little poems bring out some of the emotions and imagination of the characters. I also thought it was lovely this book goes towards supporting a homeless charity.
The story itself takes you back in Victorian West Sussex in 1888, people wait outside the station for the special couple to emerge and take their place around the park. Who will see the couple, even be greeted by them? What was it like being centre of attention of the onlookers? Read this little book to find out.
My favourite characters were Mr Burr and his wife as they remembered the first time they waited at the station and you could still feel their excitement this time round. I could imagine them very well in my mind.
I also thought the author did a great job at painting an image of just how beautiful West Sussex park was and how inspired the people felt.
I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it if you like a quick read with interesting characters that take you back to a whole different time.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 December 2020
This is a charming book, with both prose and poetry to tell the story. There are beautiful vivid details.
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