The Light Among Us
The Story of Elizabeth Carne, Cornwall
by Jill George with John Dirring
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Pub Date 09 Aug 2022 | Archive Date 09 Sep 2022
Elizabeth Carne is torn apart by the conflicts of the English class system: local poverty; her love of Henry, a man from “the lower order;” and her role as an heiress.
As a woman without a college education, she struggles to gain credibility in her father’s banks as she tries to maintain her family’s long legacy of wealth and philanthropy. Amid lies, murder, smuggling, famine, and restrictive social norms, Elizabeth fights for her love of Henry, the local miners, and fisherman. Meanwhile, the failure of the mining industry looms over her like an ominous storm.
Jill George’s meticulously researched and gripping story uncovers the joys and sorrows of a brave and brilliant woman’s mission to overcome the class system to create a more unified and prosperous region, country, and world.
A Note From the Publisher
true historian, John Dirring, Ph.D., of Devon, UK, on this project. Her next novel is called Illuminating Darwin: Arabella Buckley’s Story about the only woman who was a close friend to and discussant with Charles Darwin. Jill lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her husband and three teenage children, whom she adores. You can find many photos and videos from her research for this novel and her next novel on her website www.JillGeorgeAuthor.com, Instagram @jillgeorgeauthor, and on twitter @jillgeorgeauth1.
“In her debut novel, George brings forward the home- educated Cornish daughter of a prominent Land’s End mining family. Elizabeth C.T. Carne emerges as an unforgettable and challenging character in 19th century social history. How surprising that most of the main issues of her time still ring true, presenting us with the path from Mary Wollstonecraft to roles for the ‘new woman.’ An excellent and inspiring read!”
- Melissa Hardie, Director, The Hypathia Trust and Women in Words
“We welcome this book which throws a new and extremely well researched, though fictionalised, light on the life of Elizabeth Carne, who was an important civic and social scientist in the Victorian life of Penzance. As a mineralogist, she was the first woman to be elected to the Royal Geological Society of Cornwall and to present learned papers, as told in this intriguing novel.”
- Loveday Jenkin, V.P., The Royal Geological Society of Cornwall
"The Light Among Us explores the life and legacy of a forgotten pioneer in the struggle for women’s equality in the workplace, public education for all, and social justice...a great choice for a book club."
-Independent Book Review
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This was a great historical novel, I enjoyed that I was able to see a real photo of the Elizabeth Carne. The story itself were really well done and I was invested in what was going on in each chapter, I think the characters felt like they belonged in the time period and I appreciated how well this book was done.
“If you try to be beloved,” said William, with a calm confidence I admired. I think he will be quite successful someday. It is his calm demeanour that appeals to me. He is confident but not arrogant, which is critical."
I really enjoyed reading this book! I don’t usually love historical fiction but this one was really good!
This was great! The plot was well-paced and captivating from start to finish. The characters were well-developed. I highly recommend this quick read! Many thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for the advanced copy of the book.
'The Light Among Us' takes factual threads of Elizabeth Crane's life, in mid-19th century Cornwall, and weaves together a plausible story of how this banker, social reformer, and geologist may have lived. Readers gain further insights, illuminated throughout the book, into Miss Crane's history, inner thoughts, and vulnerability. Elizabeth Crane, unconscionably, for that time, was raised as her father's heir; she was raised to continue his legacy in both banking and geology. Her father fostered an inquisitiveness that allowed her to question the social norms of that time and taught her steadfastness and single-mindedness to carry on his legacy.
The authors have put an enormous amount of research into this book; not only about Elizabeth's life but also about the history and geology of Cornwall at that time. They have also thought hard on the personal journey that Elizabeth, as a woman and an heir may have toiled on. However, at times, I felt that there was too much detailed information given, unnecessary to the overall story. Further, the 'thoughts' Elizabeth shares, at times, seem 'clunky' and break up the flow of the story - which is already told from her point of view.
'The Light Among Us' is a book that recounts the history of a woman who was single-minded in her conviction of equality and the betterment of people. She did not accept living by social norms but nor did she expect it from others. Readers of this book will not only learn a small part of social history, and a strong woman but also glean Cornwall's history of discovery, mining and smuggling during this period. Elizabeth Crane was an inspirational woman we can all learn from.
Such a well crafted novel, compelling enough to pull you through and very quick read. I enjoyed it so much from the first page till the end.
First off, I liked the cover, covers are so important so one star just for that. Now the rest of the novel, I thought it was a well written historic fiction, a good Sunday evening kind of read. I think I would recommend this to others, its interesting and well written.
I enjoy historical fiction and The Light Among Us was a good read for fellow fans. It was engaging and well written and the characters were interesting. Would recommend.
A great 19th-century novel set in the rugged Cornwall area, The Light Among Us is about one woman's struggle for rights for women, and overcoming the rules of social classes as well as the many injustices over the lower classes. it opened your eyes to when life was not as kind as it is in the modern world. Elizabeth is a true heroine who not only fights for her own future but those around her.
This is a fast-paced historical with lots of depth.
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