This summaryof the novel is from Ernest Baker and James Packman, A Guide to the Best Fiction (London: George Routledge, 1932) — DB

The romance of a foundling, the missing daughter of a Devon family, told by an old fisherman, Davy Llewellyn, who overflows with mother-wit. Opens with sketches of life in Glamorganshire; passes then to Devon, where, in a wild and lawless state of society, the diabolical Parson Chowne is represented as the brutal despot of his parish (1782-98). Exciting episodes, such as a hurricane and a wreck, poetical descriptions, and many racy characters.

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