By R. D. Blackmore
First released in 1869, Lorna Doone is the tale of John Ridd, a farmer who unearths love amid the spiritual and social turmoil of seventeenth-century England. he's only a boy whilst his father is slain via the Doones, a lawless extended family inhabiting wild Exmoor at the border of Somerset and Devon. Seized by means of interest and a feeling of experience, he makes his option to the valley of the Doones, the place he's came across by means of the attractive Lorna. In time their infantile fantasies blossom into mature love—a bond that might encourage John to rescue his cherished from the ravages of a stormy iciness, rekindling a clash along with his archrival, Carver Doone, that climaxes in heartrending violence. cherished for its portrait of star-crossed enthusiasts and its surpassing descriptions of the English nation-state, Lorna Doone is R. D. Blackmore’s enduring masterpiece.
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