I’ve just finished a wonderful reading experience...at least for me. It was the four novels by Hugh Walpole which are collectively called "The Herries Chronicles." They are titled Rogue Herries
, Judith Paris
, The Fortress
. The story covers four generations of the Herries family in the Lake District of England and in London. It was really one long book and one that I could live in. Of course it helps that I have been to the Lake District a dozen times and have been to many of the places that Walpole uses in the novel. My wife’s cousin one time directed us out of Keswick and up the fell to Watendlath and pointed out Hugh Walpole’s home over in the next fell. The books are rich in characterization and in description. The Herries family, both immediate and more distant, are, as one might expect a varied lot, loving and hating, rich and poor, adventuresome and stick in the muds. I must search out more of Walpole’s work. Other than this I’ve only read a short story, "The Tarn," which is a bit supernatural. It’s one of my favorite stories of this type.