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Summary

Paula Power, the daughter of a wealthy railway magnate, inherits De Stancy Castle, an ancient castle in need of modernization. She commissions a young architect from London, George Somerset, to undertake the work. Somerset falls in love with Paula. But Paula, the Laodicean of the title, meaning a person who is lukewarm or halfhearted, is torn between George's admiration and that of Captain De Stancy, whose old-world romanticism contrasts with Somerset's forward-looking outlook.

Paula's vacillation in her romantic life is also reflected in her views about religion, politics, and social progress, a dilemma faced by people in the Victorian era as industrialization was beginning to greatly change their lives. Paula will have to decide between the two men, however, or risk losing them both.

Public Domain (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Loved the book. The narration was not the best and took some time to acclimatise to his reading. Some very annoying editing in the audio in that quite a few sentences were repeated particularly towards the end of the book. Despite the issues loved the storyline and couldn’t put it down willing the ending to be satisfying, which it was.

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  • 17-09-20

Not the Most Famous Hardy Work

But a very satisfying read. The heroine is another of Harry’s well written characters -a free independent spirit - who realizes her choice of a mate has nothing to do with possessing a glorious ancestry.

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  • 05-04-22

Not an Easy Listen

The narrator has a voice better suited for documentaries than for novel reading. The cadence of the narrator didn't provide the correct type of emotion needed for the novel. Basically it put me to sleep.