Primrose Past: The 1848 Journal of Young Lady Primrose

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Primrose Past recreates, with rare authenticity and engaging spirit, the diary of a young girl growing up in Victorian England -- a time of simple manners and values, when life was lived slowly and morals were passed on from generation to generation through homilies and by example. The young lady of the story -- fifteen years of age in 1848, the year of the journal -- narrates in a fresh and endearing voice a year in the life of a Victorian family, offering a window into the lifestyle of the time; along the way she even includes recipes for dishes she learns from the family cook over the course of the year (authentic 19th-century recipes the author discovered in the course of her research). But the story, deceptively simple at first, soon takes on an air of suspense, as her parents leave on a journey, and her father writes with the news that her mother has taken gravely ill; soon thereafter the little girl -- identified only by the nickname "cygnet", or young swan, in the diary -- finds a letter among her mother's belongings leading her to question her own parentage. The text of the journal is framed by a present-day narrative, in Caroline's own voice, detailing the discovery of the actual diary, and Caroline's own attempts to discover the truth behind this enigmatic story.

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Caroline Rose Hunt is the honorary chairman of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, and co-owner of the Lady Primrose's Royal Bathing & Skin Luxuries line of products; she is also co-owner of Lady Primrose's Shopping English Countryside at the Crescent Club in Dallas, Texas. In 1999 she was named one of the Most Powerful Women in the Travel Industry by Travel Agent magazine, and she is a former member of the Executive Committee of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Ms. Hunt lives in Dallas, Texas.

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Hunt, famed hotelier and one of the wealthiest women in America, here tries her hand at writing fiction, with surprisingly readable results. The narrator of the story finds in a long-abandoned desk drawer a young girl's diary dating from the year 1848. Through her journal's entries, the girl reports on the day-to-day events occurring in the life of her Victorian family. The tale gets off to a slow start, but the action picks up when her parents take a trip, during which the girl, identified only by the nickname Cygnet, receives news that her mother is seriously ill. During her parent's absence she stumbles upon a letter that causes her to question her familial origin. The narrative concludes with a present-day explanation of the narrator's attempts to find out more information about Cygnet's family. Hunt does a fair job of re-creating life in Victorian England, and fans of historical fiction will likely enjoy her effort. Kathleen Hughes
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