- Tapa blanda: 534 páginas
- Editor: Nabu Press (29 de julio de 2010)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1176350196
- ISBN-13: 978-1176350199
- Valoración media de los clientes: 1 opinión de cliente
The shuttle (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 29 jul 2010
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La hermana menor, Bettina, tenía ocho años cuando su hermana Rosalie se casó y se marchó a Inglaterra, sin embargo siempre desconfió de su esposo. Preocupada por su hermana, la tristeza y preocupación de sus padres, se embarca en un viaje a Inglaterra para esclarecer el misterio. En el viaje conoce a otro lord inglés empobrecido, pero íntegro y noble.
A su llegada a la propiedad de su hermana, se encuentra con que la mansión se ha dejado al abandono, su hermana es un pobre reflejo de lo que era y su sobrino padece de una invalidez a causa del maltrato del esposo de Rosalie.
Con su inteligencia y optimismo, Bettina tratará de que su hermana recobre las ganas de vivir, su sobrino tenga una niñez digna y feliz y sin quererlo, encontrará el amor. Pero no será un camino fácil, pues siendo una heredera, las masas de aristócratas, algunos hipócritas y ambiciosos, otros curiosos o aburridos, se arremolinarán a su alrededor para conocer a esta singular joven.
Un libro bien escrito que retrata la época en la que las familias más pudientes de Nueva York trataban de casar a sus hijas con lores ingleses empobrecidos a toda costa, aunque en este libro no se de ese caso concretamente. Un ejemplo de esto fue la propia Consuelo Vanderbilt, quien fuese Duquesa de Marlborough en esa época y en la que su matrimonio de conveniencia, terminó en divorcio.
Recomendado para amantes de clásicos románticos.
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Twelve years later we find Betty a tall thing of beauty, charm, and grace, educated in the best schools and with an intelligence and levelheadedness not often seen in a woman (this sentiment is from the book, not me!). She travels to England and finds her sister Rosalie a fragile wreck of herself, broken and fearful. Rescuing Rosalie turns out to be more difficult than she had initially calculated, and she is forced to rebuild not only her sister, but her sister's home, village, and soul.
Each character is so well developed, from the sweet Rosalie, to the wicked Sir Nigel, to the estate and Stormham village. Even the simple gardeners and vicars are given rich backstories and we come to love them. The pages and pages of exposition and extolling of Betty's many many many charms (oh and there are many) can seem repetitive and unnecessary, but if you persevere through a few tough spots the story is worth it. Through most of the book Betty seems like a remote young goddess, absolutely perfect, but the end makes her so human and lovable.
Rosalie's abuse and gradual breakdown at the hands of her despicable husband were drawn so well, each time I read it I hate Sir Nigel even more. It makes you wonder how Burnett knew the exact ways a man could mentally break a woman without even lifting a hand.
To sum up, I would recommend this book to just about anyone. There's a great audiobook version available on Librivox if you prefer.
author should be more widely read in our time!!! She brings hope and goodness from her time to ours!!!
Her sister Rosalie, several years her senior, married Sir Nigel Anstruthers when Bettina was but a child. Right after the marriage, Rosalie finds out that her husband was ever only after her money, and when law restricts his access to that money, his plan of making his wife succumb to his authority includes cutting her off almost entirely from all contact with her own family. Rosalie's life turns into a miserable existence; she is not strong and intelligent enough to confront Nigel, and her family hear nothing from her for a long time.
Twelve years later, Bettina is old enough to finally put her plan into action: she had been suspecting from the start that Nigel was not going to be good to her older sister, and that her silence meant something bad was going on. She decided back then that one day she would find Rosalie and rescue her, and that she does.
How she does it, how she manages to turn not only Rosalie's life around but also that of the entire village where the Anstruthers have been ruling for centuries, and in the process, her own life as well, is described in much detail. It is mostly credible; the psychological war between Bettina and her brother-in-law; all that managing a great house with its vast gardens and village entails; the way others react to the changes made there; how she comes very close to almost losing not only the love of her life but even her own life - all that and much more is in this book, which was a delightful read, full of suspense (especially towards the end), and written in an elegant, descriptive style I very much enjoyed.
If there is one negative thing to say about the story, it is that the characters are so black and white. There is not one good molecule in all of Nigel Anstruthers, and not one shadow of a less-than-perfectly good trace in Bettina's character. Real people are not like that, but this did not take away my pleasure of reading this book, since the story in itself was credible enough.
It seems that American-British relationships are a recurring theme with Mrs. Burnett, who herself travelled back and forth between the two countries more than 30 times.