Subtitled 'A Story of To-day', A Laodicean occupies a unique place in the Thomas Hardy canon. Departing from pre-industrial Wessex, Hardy brings his themes of social constraint, fate, chance and miscommunication to the very modern world of the 1880s - complete with falsified telegraphs, fake photographs, and perilous train tracks. The story follows the life of Paula Power, heiress of her late father's railroad fortune and the new owner of the medieval Castle Stancy. With the castle in need of restoration, Paula employs architect George Somerset, who soon falls in love with her. However, Paula's dreams of nobility draw her to another suitor, Captain de Stancy, who is aided by his villainous son, William Dare.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.
- Tad Davis
Anna Bentinck gives a delightful performance of this unusual novel by Thomas Hardy. I say unusual because the book, though tinged at times with sadness and disappointment, ends more or less happily. I had to keep checking the book details to make sure I wasn’t reading something by George Eliot or even Anthony Trollope instead. The latter part of the book includes a romantic chase sequence worthy of Bridget Jones.
I enjoyed it. I had (as usual) several books going at the same time, but I kept setting others aside to get back to this one.