Mrs Oliphant wrote numerous books. This is but one of them. They all seem to follow the same style. A pleasant enough story that takes place all within the space of six months! The Perpetual Curate is twenty-eight years of age. Liked by most people, though not by the new Rector, who is against his working in the local slums without his permission. Then there is the matter of the affair he's having with a young girl of eighteen - at least the people of Carlingford think he's having an affair - but it's all a tragic mistake. It's just that he does all the wrong things, says all the wrong things, and makes matters worse for himself. Of course there actually is a young lady that he loves but even she misunderstands his actions, etc. Things go from bad to worse as this fascinating story rumbles on and on, and - though we can see the end of it all - no one in the story can!
The character are quite realistically drawn, however, and show the author's understanding of human nature.
Well worth reading! Mrs Oliphant certainly had an extraordinary ability at producing such lengthy volumes!...Continua