Christopher and Columbus : A Virago Modern Classic, Paperback Book

Christopher and Columbus : A Virago Modern Classic Paperback

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As the First World War looms, Anna-Rose and Anna-Felicitas, seventeen-year-old orphan twins, are thrust upon relatives.

But Uncle Arthur, a blustering patriot, is a reluctant guardian: the twins are half-German and, who knows, they could be spying from the nursery window...

Packed off to America, they meet Mr Twist, a wealthy engineer with a tendency to motherliness, who befriends them on the voyage.

However, he has failed to consider the pitfalls of taking such young and beautiful women under his wing, especially two who will continue to require this protection long after the ship has docked, and who are incapable of behaving with tact.

Many adventures ensue (and befall them) in this sparklingly witty, romantic novel in which Elizabeth von Armin explores the suspicions cast upon the two Annas and Mr Twist in a country poised for war.


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Anna Rose and Anna Felicitas Twinkler are twins who have been orphaned at age 17 at the outbreak of WWI. Their father was German and their mother was English. Their half-German heritage causes problems when they are thrown upon the mercies of their Engish relatives. They are promptly sent away to America, where they find the protection they had counted on from their uncle's friends to be non-existent.On the ship to America they find a protector in Mr. Twist, an inventor/entreprnruer who has recently made a fortune with a simple nvention that improves the function of tea pots. He becomes fascinated with "the Twinklers", and very sympathetic to their plight.This book was just wonderful! The twins' naïvite and lack of a social filter leads to many scrapes and adventures, and gives Mr. Twist many headaches. I laughed out loud in several places.The ending was the sweetest and most satisfying of any book I've ever read.<i>Christopher and Columbus</i> confirmed by love for Elizabeth von Arnim's work. I promptly added it to my list of favorites.

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