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The Gates of Rutherford

Rford Park It is April 1917; she is nineteen years old And everywhere there is change The war still rages on the Continent where her brother fights for the Royal Flying Corps Her parents’ marriage is in jeopardy with her mother falling for a charming American in LondonBut not all is grim Charlotte is marrying Preston the blinded soldier whom she nursed back to health Her parents couldn’t be. 35 stars This is the concluding book of the trilogy Charlotte features prominently in this book with a marriage to a blind soldier that goes terribly awry Octavia has moved forward with her life towards happiness and Louisa is deeply worried about Jack Although he is in the veterinary corps he is still at risk and the emotional damage of his role may destroy him The author portrays the horrors of war but also shows some of the human side including the perspective of a German prisoner of war in England The book ends with the resolution of the war and the return of the survivors including a touching tribute to the horses that went to war

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Happier about this The young man hails from a well established and wealthy family in Kent and he’s solid and respectable They hope he’s the one to tame their notoriously headstrong daughterBut as time passes Charlotte slowly comes to the realization that she is not truly happy And for a reason she is only just beginning to understand A reason she dare not reveal to the family or the world?. World War 1 definitely changed the English aristocracyI really liked this series Easy read but the story keeps you engaged

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Return to the statley environs of Rutherford Park and the embattled Cavendish family from the author of The Wild Dark Flowers The rain fell softly on the day that she was to be marriedSometimes the longing for the old untouched days at Rutherford would return to her; the innocence of it all the feeling that England would never changeCharlotte Cavendish has been dreaming of her old home at Ruthe. The Gates of Rutherford is a historical fiction look at life during World War I It is a companion book to Rutherford Hall This book reminds me a lot of shows like Upstairs Downstairs and Downton Abbey In The Gates of Rutherford there is still a huge cast and much of it centers on a new marriage where the couple wasn t really sure what they want out of it World War I is raging in the lives of the people in the book are caught up in itEnsemble casts work well for television and movies They don t always work so well for books While I enjoyed the setting of this book and the time period I found it very hard to follow along with the stories in the book There are a lot of characters and I felt like I never could get very close to themThere are some but some stories that I was very into such as the one about the German prisoner but there were other stories where I felt like I didn t we get to know the characters very well and therefore wasn t as interested This book is not all that long either so there isn t really a lot of detail about each of the characters in many ways this book feels like a slice of life about people who are dealing with World War I in Europe You get a taste of the characters but I found myself wanting That being said there storylines are still very interesting and kept me reading Overall this book was a mixed bag for me


10 thoughts on “The Gates of Rutherford

  1. says:

    The Gates of Rutherford is a historical fiction look at life during World War I It is a companion book to Rutherford Hall This book reminds me a lot of shows like Upstairs Downstairs and Downton Abbey In The Gates of Rutherford there is still a

  2. says:

    If you like Downton Abbey then you will enjoy this book Reminiscent of a past era the book follows the lives and loves of the Cavendish family and their retainersThe year is 1917 the world is in the thrall of WWI and the Cavendish family are not exempt from its influence From their daughter Charlotte to Louisa to losing all their efficient workers the Cavendish family has to change their style of work and living though some of th

  3. says:

    The first book in the series is fabulous I gave it five stars The second book is mediocre I gave it three stars But this final novel falls flat It is boring and disjointed Cooke expends far too much wasted energy on long stretches of

  4. says:

    This is the first book and first introduction I have had to the Cavendish family Yet this did not deter me from having a pleasant time reading this book While I did find the family to be a bit dysfunctional I still felt their strong sense of family bond and pride Although I was going along just fine reading this book from start to finish I felt that the first half was alright but the second half of the story was the b

  5. says:

    35 stars This is the concluding book of the trilogy Charlotte features prominently in this book with a marriage to a blind soldier that goes terribly awry Octavia has moved forward with her life towards happiness and Louisa is deeply worried about Jack Although he is in the veterinary corps he is still at risk

  6. says:

    Last book in the trilogy War still rages on the continent in 1917 and Charlotte marries Preston the blind soldier whom she has nursed back to health All is not what it seems in this marriage and Charlotte is very

  7. says:

    Too many characters too much inner turmoil to really sink in and enjoy this book It was so hard to connect with the characters and t

  8. says:

    Too many characters so none were fleshed out enough to care about

  9. says:

    World War 1 definitely changed the English aristocracyI really liked this series Easy read but the story keeps you engaged

  10. says:

    Loved it

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