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The Master of Aysgarth by Margaret Mayhew
Contains no plot spoilers

The Master of Asygarth is the book from which my username is taken. It was published in 1976 and is an historical gothic.
Although not the perfect gothic novel by any means, the hero and heroine of the story have somehow captured my heart. I love the character of Alice Chell! A rather plain heroine for a modern gothic novel, she is stoically British, suffering hardship without complaint, philosophical, compassionate, finding good and enjoyment in what she can. She is so perfect, to me, in her responses to the hero, Miles Metcalf. He loves her long before she loves him and the dialogue that results from this is captivating.
On the downside, the villain is rather obvious and the story itself is not deeply gothic. But, the book opens with the heroine's journey into the Yorkshire moors, there is a crumbling ancient family home and definite menace. I give this book a 10 for charm and an 8 overall.

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The Master of Aysgarth by Margaret Mayhew - by AliceChell - 07-22-2010, 03:52 PM

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