This Cold Country by Annabel Davis-Goff

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The author of the New York Times Notable Book The Dower House, known for her elegant prose and her keen eye for the nuances of class, now adds the lush, large-screen immediacy of a Merchant-Ivory film to her compelling tale of a woman and a culture forever changed by World War II.
Only a few days after Daisy Creed precipitously marries Patrick Nugent, scion of an Anglo-Irish family, Patrick rejoins his regiment in France. Having never met her in-laws, Daisy sets sail for her new home, Dunmaine, County Waterford. The family's affairs echo its estate: grand and forbidding on the outside, decaying and corrupt within. Patrick's vain, spoiled sister, Corisande, soon flees to her lover, leaving Daisy alone with Patrick's feeble brother, Mickey, and grandmother, Maud, who has taken to her bed. In her determination to save Dunmaine and secure her place as its mistress, Daisy unwittingly becomes an accomplice in a dangerous political plot, as old and as fraught as The Troubles.
With grace and wit, Davis-Goff portrays a lost way of life and the war
that rendered it obsolete. In the character of Daisy Creed she has created
an unforgettable Everywoman of her time--part Elizabeth Bennett, part Scarlett O'Hara.

About Annabel Davis-Goff

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Annabel Davis-Goff is the author of The Dower House and This Cold Country, both New York Times Notable books, and of Walled Gardens, a memoir. She was born and educated in Ireland and lives in New York City.  
Published June 1, 2003 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 368 pages
Genres: History, Romance, War, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Daisy Creed, the daughter of an English vicar, volunteered for national service and became one of the “Land Girls” who helped run Britain’s farms while the men were off at the front.

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Davis-Goff, author of The Dower House, a New York Times Notable Book, and Walled Gardens, a memoir, plumbs her Irish roots once more in this tale about a young English woman adjusting to new social, political and class demands when she moves to Ireland during World War II.

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