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Octavia [Reading] ➳ Octavia ➻ Beryl Kingston – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Much is expected of Octavia Smith Growing up a much loved only child surrounded by family friends like George Bernard Shaw and William Morris Octavia takes it as a matter of course that she will than Much is expected of Octavia Smith Growing up a much loved only child surrounded by family friends like George Bernard Shaw and William Morris Octavia takes it as a matter of course that she will than meet those expectations Her childhood ambition is to change the world but will the sometimes chaotic and often somber events of the early twentieth century allow her to During her university career Octavia joins the Suffragettes becoming passionately devoted to the 'cause' But will the arrival on the scene of the attractive Tommy Meriton give her passions another path to follow While the horrors of World War One and subseuent events threaten to tear apart her delicate network of friends and family Octavia must choose how she make her mark on her time.


10 thoughts on “Octavia

  1. Lovesreading06 Lovesreading06 says:

    I enjoyed this book


  2. Mary Latela Mary Latela says:

    Beryl Kingston is a brave and gifted writer who has woven together the lives of imperfect people living at the turn of the twentieth century with historical victories and defeats At the same time she teaches us to notice the details in a person's tone of voice the loving way in which a mother frets and a father permissive is also very loving When I read the childhood encounter of Octavia with cousin Cyrill he planning to sail the seven seas and she merely planning to change the world I heard those words which might have curtailed the creative work of women namelyYou can't do that beause you are a girlOctavia wants to make her own choices In early adulthood exposure to the Suffragette movement including the resolve of brave women against the horrors of prison and torture leave Octavia sick and exhausted but unable and unwilling to acuiesce to society's expectation that women remain uiet docile doing only what the husband permits She takes a teaching job which leads to her realization of the need for improvement in the schools and deeply involved in education teaching guiding other teachers and learning about the limitations of her own strength and the need for collegialityKingston's prose is so delicate and compelling filled with visuals as fine as watercolor paintings passionate emotions handled with delicacy and respect Octavia falls in love with Tommy an intriguing young man who follows the party line and wants Octavia to marry him and treat him as Lord and Master She is clear from the begnning that she will not but this inner struggle is framed so well that you can almost feel Octavia's personhood torn and re formed I bought the Octavia trilogy so I will have the pleasure of reading the other books but I am so delighted to have gotten to know Beryl Kingston through this beautifully crafted honest novel which will ring true to many many readers I highly recommend it


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