Troy Chimneys by Margaret Kennedy

Troy Chimneys cover

Troy Chimneys by Margaret Kennedy was first published in 1953 and my copy is a nice original hardback complete with dust jacket. Everyone seems to have been reading this one a while ago but I skimmed the reviews as I knew I would be reading it soon-ish. So I was quite surprised when I realised that the book’s beginning is set in 1879 with the prologue and then travels back to 1818 via The Lufton Papers which are the memoirs of Miles Lufton who eventually went on to become an MP. He was nicknamed Pronto by his acquaintances because of his active and slightly rapscallion personality.

In reality though Miles would like to retire to the country and Troy Chimneys, a house he had bought some years ago and had rented out until he needed it himself. There’s a bit of a romance and I liked the Regency setting but I didn’t enjoy this one as much as I thought I would.

One thing puzzles me though, I’ve looked at a few Goodreads reviews prior to writing this just to see if anyone mentioned the link with Jane Eyre, particularly towards the end of the book – but it seems that nobody got it – or thought to mention it – or maybe it’s just me.

4 thoughts on “Troy Chimneys by Margaret Kennedy

  1. I’ve yet to read anything by Margaret Kennedy but this is the title I associate with her. Interesting that you’ve noticed a link that no one else seems to have noticed. It makes me want to read it now to find out if I spot it too.

  2. I loved this book so I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy it as much as you were hoping to. I can’t remember noticing the Jane Eyre link and I’m intrigued now…I’ll have to read the book again one day so I can look out for it!

    • Helen,
      It’s mainly towards the end of the book, it’s the name of a character and the place her family came from originally. I’m sure it can’t just be a coincidence.

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