By R. F. Delderfield
The first publication in R. F. Delderfield’s bestselling A Horseman driving through saga of twentieth-century England introduces Paul Craddock, a tender struggle veteran who stakes his destiny on a ignored kingdom property in Devon
After serving his kingdom within the Boer battle, injured Lieutenant Paul Craddock returns to England to renew civilian existence. yet issues have replaced for the reason that he joined the Imperial Yeomanry 3 years in the past. His father has died, leaving Paul as inheritor to a scrap steel company he has no purpose of continuous. as a substitute, he purchases an auctioned-off thirteen-hundred-acre property in a secluded nook of Devon. missed and overgrown, Shallowford turns into the emblem of all that Paul has lost—and a reminder of the mild position his native land as soon as was once. And right here, in this sprawling stretch of land, he'll be replaced by means of his love for 2 ladies: fiercely self reliant Grace Lovell, and gorgeous, demure Claire Derwent.
Set within the English nation-state within the first a part of the former century—from the lengthy “Edwardian afternoon” following the loss of life of Queen Victoria, to the collection typhoon of worldwide conflict I—Long summer time Day is the tale of a guy, his relations, and a humans suffering to evolve to lifestyles in a brand new world.
Long summer season Day is the 1st novel in R. F. Delderfield’s saga A Horseman driving via, which maintains with Post of Honour and The eco-friendly Gauntlet.
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There came to Lanny’s mind an ode of the poet Horace, which he had learned as a student in Newcastle, Connecticut, telling of the man who is just and firm in his opinion, and whom neither the cruel tyrant nor the shouting mob can awe; if the whole earth should be shattered in fragments about him they would leave him undismayed. Impavidum ferient ruinae! They lived in tents on the outskirts and marched about, singing and yelling, and gathered in an immense open field to listen to their party orators through a hundred microphones.
The road wound here and there, following the course of a stream. The road was well marked, and when the signpost said, ‘Tegernsee’, Lanny swung off to the left and began to climb. The stream was brawling now, and its winds and turns were sharper, and presently there spread before the traveller’s eyes a lake of deep blue bordered with a blanket of perpetual dark green. Ja, ja, they knew, and were proud to tell him. To be sure, it was antique, but in those days a German was lucky if he owned a bicycle, or in the country a cart and an old horse to pull it.
There had been few horses left, and men who had ploughs had hitched their families to them, or else had dug up the land with spades and planted enough to keep themselves alive. Such, at any rate, were the reflections of a peace-loving Amerikanetz. At the Polish border Lanny presented his passport with the visa; also his cigarettes and his pleasant smile. A chill wind blew over these flat plains, all the way from the Baltic, and rain had begun to fall—it was the season for it. He watched the desolate landscape and the pitiful ragged people trudging on the roads, most of them bound west; his heart ached for them, and he was more than ever a peace fanatic—but not a hopeful one.