Keeper of the Door
Love this author! On to the last in the series, "By Request". View 1 comment.
This was a pretty exciting read, though it makes me wonder if Ethel Dell's books all have the same plot elements. I mean, I'm good with melodrama, ultraconfident men, and emotionally mixed up women, but when exposed to these things for too long, I do start to chuckle and lose my immersion in the story. So my review may be a little tongue-in-cheek, but be assured that if you liked The Way of An Eagle, you will like its sequel! Olga is the heroine.
She keeps house for her father a doct This was a pretty exciting read, though it makes me wonder if Ethel Dell's books all have the same plot elements. She keeps house for her father a doctor , a younger doctor named Max, and her uncle Nick the hero of the first book, and by the way, there are hardly any scenes with Nick and his wife; in fact they spend a big part of the book on different continents Life is evidently less bookworthy after marriage ; but anyway.
Olga can't stand Max the young doctor. Really can't stand him. Like, she stabs him with her needle one day. Which level of hatred can logically only mean one thing: they're destined to get married! Max seems sure of this all along, and as a result doesn't bother to actually court Olga, or signal that he likes her or anything. She's going to have to figure that one out on her own, because he's busy being the wise and cool Doctor Man.
Olga's best friend Violet comes to stay, ostensibly to distract Max so that he will irritate Olga less. But Violet is kinda crazy. Also an offensive guy-next-door keeps calling and trying to get Olga to marry him. Circumstances push Olga towards Max more and more, as an ally, maybe a friend, maybe more? Halfway through the book, something tragic happens. And at this point the sage reader will nod knowingly and say to herself, "It's about time for brain fever. From this point on it's Olga trying to figure out what on earth happened that one tragic day, Max trying to keep it from her for her own good, a trip to India, an inferior but charming romantic interest, and lots of emotional conversations.
Everything will be good in the end, but it takes a while. I enjoyed the storytelling and also liked Max and Olga, though there were times I was impatient with both of them. The book is an easy read, by that I mean interesting, keeps things moving, and has climactic moments that come with a bang.
View all 3 comments. Apr 22, Mela rated it really liked it Shelves: historical-romance , public-domain , british-literature , zz-ethel-m-dell , historical-period-longth-century. I have mixed feelings. I can't decide if I should give three or four stars. On one hand, there are really great scenes, especially between two main characters. Dell wrote those in such way that I almost felt I was watching movie. Gestures, facial expressions, moves - I just saw Max when he stood with his hands in pockets and was looking at Olga. A good-written description makes that you will remember certain scenes as pictures.
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Then, you have here, like a shadow, a philosophical I have mixed feelings. Then, you have here, like a shadow, a philosophical question about euthanasia and about role of a doctor kept alive at all costs? And you have a good love story, with prejudices, mixed love and hate, patience and fighting for love. My quote from this book: "And you think—you dare to think—that I have ever loved another woman" It speaks for itself.
But, on other hand, sometimes I had have enough that women are here describe mostly as weaker sex. As if we need constant help because otherwise we will be in trouble.
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In "Way of an eagle" we have also strong man and in some way weaker woman but that was less irritating for me. Either it was because that was my first book of Dell or because in "The Keeper of the Door" it is too exaggerated. To many times I have read someting like: "She belonged to the inexplicable and unreasonable race called woman".
Nonetheless, I value this book. Not only for good-written descriptions and for making difficult subjects.
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This book is authentic in my opinion. I felt writer's heart in it. Sep 26, Maria Amerman rated it it was amazing. I absolutely loved this book. I had one of the original copies given to me a a graduation gift. I had trouble putting it down after the first fifty pages.
I would say it is definitely a woman's book. It is filled with drama am suspense.
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And the way that Ethel writes is beautiful. I can't wait to read more of her books! Feb 12, Penelope Wallace rated it did not like it. I knew Ethel M Dell was a popular writer of long ago, so I decided to give this a try. I don't think it matters that I hadn't read the book to which it is a sequel. About this Item: Lythway P. Condition: Good. New edition. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory GRP More information about this seller Contact this seller 2. Published by Ernest Benn About this Item: Ernest Benn, No dust jacket.
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