Published in 1951, Rachel in the Abbey takes place from July of 1935 to May of 1936. It continues the story of Rachel and Damaris Ellerton, Maidlin’s cousins, as well as the stories and tribulations of some of the younger school-girls. While there is mention of dance names, and a dance takes place in the barn at the coronation, there is little detail provided.
Alas, this is a relatively weak installment; as I commented in the last post, Oxenham’s powers were waning. It is also a rather confusing book, especially if you were encountering the Abbey world for the first time. Oxenham now circles round “the clan,” as she terms it, checking in with all the heroines so that the reader knows that all is well with them. The principal news that we hear of each is that she has had or is expecting to have a baby, which is nice news for them, but a little confusing for us, especially if we have sort of forgotten who these people are. And the clan is quite large now! There is a lot of back story to recount. [Read more…]