[Read] ➭ The Visionist ➵ Rachel Urquhart – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk

The Visionist An Enthralling Debut Novel About A Teenage Girl Who Finds Refuge But Perhaps Not In An 1840s Shaker Community.In This Exquisite, Transporting Debut, 15 Year Old Polly Kimball Sets Fire To The Family Farm, Killing Her Abusive Father She And Her Young Brother Find Shelter In A Massachusetts Shaker Community Called The City Of Hope It Is The Era Of Manifestations, When Young Girls In Shaker Enclaves All Across The Northeast Are Experiencing Extraordinary Mystical Visions, Earning Them The Honorific Of Visionist And Bringing Renown To Their Settlements The City Of Hope Has Not Yet Been Blessed With A Visionist, But That Changes When Polly Arrives And Is Unexpectedly Exalted As She Struggles To Keep Her Dark Secrets Concealed In The Face Of Increasing Scrutiny, Polly Finds Herself In A Life Changing Friendship With A Young Shaker Sister Named Charity, A Girl Who Will Stake Everything Including Her Faith On Polly S Honesty And Purity.

10 thoughts on “The Visionist

  1. says:

    this is a lovely and haunting novel that takes place in a shaker community in massachusetts in 1842 polly is a fifteen year old girl who has endured years of poverty and abuse at the hands of her father silas who has managed to drive their farm into the ground her younger brother ben was left developmentally damaged after silas tried to drown him when ben was just a baby, and their mother is resigned to her lot, having been impregnated and tricked into marriage when she was only thirteen, afte ...

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    Hahaha This is another Aw, shit production I love Hachette.So this wasn t the story for me.I think all the things I was supposed to get from it, I missed I got a lot of other things, instead.The story is ok, though I never bought into it which is probably why I didn t enjoy it as much as others have I think I was expectingThe Scarlet Letter and less melodrama.For me, this was tale made of throwing the following into a blender and then hitting the FRAPPE button Polly who flees the far Hahaha This is another Aw, shit production I love Hachette.So this wasn t the story for me.I think all the things I was supposed to get from it, I missed I got a lot of other things, instead.The story is ok, though I never bought into it which is probably why I didn t enjoy it as much as others have I think I was expectingThe Scarlet Letter and ...

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    In 1842, in a Shaker community in Massachusetts, Polly and her brother Ben are brought there by their mother, who then leaves Polly and her family had suffered mightily at the hands of their abusive father I knew very little about this religion and the novel does a wonderful job describing their beliefs, men and woman live apart, no carnal knowledge allowed their clothing, thei...

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    I ve finally finished Most people will know I ve struggled through this one I m not sure why the story itself was ok It was very descriptive which I do tend to like but it on this occasion I found it distracting from the story and also the issues such as sin, forgiveness, which weren t deepl...

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    Shakers, the Shaking Quakers because of their ecstatic behavior during worship services , a lesser known branch off, though very intriguing as far as religious sects go Nearly cult like in its aspectsdenying family bonds, taking over all material possessions, seclusion from the world From the downright silly cutting food into squares instead of triangles, bowlcuts for men to WTF no inside pets to downright self exterminati...

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    In the 1990 s my husband, a real estate broker, took me to a location in rural Massachusetts that had been a Shaker community It was on a beautiful landscape of rolling hills and stream with a vast expanse of sky The property was on the market for such a reasonable price I was shocked The buildings left were stark and eerie in their vastness and simplicity There was a barn and a main building A lone sheep made its way across a narrow stream We went into the main building made of weathere In the 1990 s my husband, a real estate broker, took me to a location in rural Massachusetts that had been a Shaker community It was on a beautiful landscape of rolling hills and stream with a vast expanse of sky The property was on the market for such a reasonable price I was shocked The buildings left were stark and eerie in their vastness and simplicity There was a barn and a main building A lone sheep made its way across a narrow stream We went into the main...

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    Rachel Urquhart s beautifully written debut novel is set in 1842 in a Massachusetts Shaker community called the City of Hope The story is told through the eyes of its three main characters Polly is a fifteen year old girl who has fled a life of abuse and degradation She finds refuge, acceptance, and fr...

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    Reminds me what a joy it is to read a GOOD first novel Here s my review for NPR

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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This was not an easy read Though I got the gist of the story in the end I m left with a hazy impression of its conclusion The climax was leading towards a happy reunion of the Kimball family and a satisfying defeat of the greedy land grabbers in play I was waiting for the in your face moment when Sister Agnes realizes she went after the wrong sibling to secure her end a vindication of Polly in Charity s eyes and satisfaction for Simon who was unhappy with his forced walk on the unsavory s This was not an easy read Though I got the gist of the story in the end I m left with a haz...

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    This debut novel is so well written, and I was totally captivated with the characters and the story Set in 1842, the story revolves around a young teenage girl and her family after she and her much younger brother are taken to a Shaker community for refuge and safety The family is in crisis, and Polly, the young girl, is especially troubled, torn between the goodness she finds in many ways in this Shaker village, the repression she also feels in this place, and anxiety over her mother and the This debut novel is so well written, and I was totally captivated with the characters and the story Set in 1842, the story revolves around a young teenage girl and her family after she and her much younger brother are taken to a Shaker community for refuge and safety The family is in crisis, and Polly, the young girl, is especially troubled, torn between the goodness she finds in many ways in this Shaker village, the repression she also feels in this place, and anxiety over her mother and the future of her family The author uses the perspective of three different characters to narrate the story The subtle changes in writing style employed for each character helps to develop their distinct voice, and to create the sense of place and time period.I visited a former Shaker community in Kentucky once, and the descriptions of the simply crafted furniture and belongings were certainly consistent with that setting And besides reading an extremely well crafted story here, I also learnedab...

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