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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,056 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anthony Trollope Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Craig Black Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Chronicles of Barsetshire Release Date:
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The Small House at Allington introduces Trollope’s most beloved heroine, the charming Lily Dale, to the Barsetshire scene. Lily is the niece of Squire Dale, an embittered old bachelor living in the main house on his property at Allington. He has loaned an adjacent small house rent-free to his widowed sister-in-law and her daughters, Lily and Bell. But the relations between the two houses are strained, affecting the romantic entanglements of the girls.

Lily has long been unsuccessfully wooed by John Eames, a junior clerk at the income tax office. The handsome and personable Adolphus Crosbie looks like an enticing alternative; but Adolphus has his eye on the rigid Lady Alexandrina de Courcy, whose family is in a position to further his career. Bell, meanwhile, must choose between the local doctor, James Crofts, and her wealthy cousin, Bernard.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Small House at Allington, was good: I should say it is the most underrated of Trollope’s novels, in that it contains one of his more credible female creations, Lily Dale.”

    Telegraph (London)

  • “Mr. Trollope has achieved another great success...He sees a section of English life, and paints it with unerring truth, tact, and, liveliness.“

    Saturday Review, 1864

  • “Lilly Dale is one of the most charming creations that ever author devised.”

    Illustrated London News, 1864

  • “Mr. Trollope has written nothing more true or entertaining than this admirable representation of our modern social world...these are the themes which Mr. Trollope embodies for us in pictures of wonderful skill, fidelity, and, humour.”

    Spectator, 1864

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Amy | 2/20/2014

    " One of my favorite books- ever! Lily Dale is a sparkling, independent heroine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bruno Bouchet | 2/17/2014

    " Trollope gets so addictive - you have to keep charging through them. Liked the rather sad nature of this one and the price the vile Crosbie pays is the perfect 'be careful the wish you make'. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Julie | 2/13/2014

    " This is the 5th in the Barchester Towers series. As I continue on with this series I find myself enjoying each book more and more. I'm not sure if it's because some of the same characters continue to reappear or I have become more accustomed to Trollope's style. These books are charming and engaging. The focus of The Small House at Allington is the marriages of the Dale sisters, Lily and Bell. Neither has the requisite inheritance to help them with their choices, but, as with all Victorian heroines, they are intelligent, kind and beautiful. Great story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Guy | 2/12/2014

    " Many people say this is their favorite of the six Barsetshire novels, but I can't imagine why. It's entertaining--as all of them are--but there is something more vexing about the foibles of the characters in this volume (at least to me) than in the other stories. They seem more odd and eccentric and less endearing. And the way the bad characters get their comeuppance is not so satisfying as usual, because there's more judgment and less humor about it. Trollope's villains are usually as much fun as his heroes/heroines, but not this time. "

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