In the meantime Jerrold's father had died, and his scheming cousin Oliver had Davenant, a tool of his, manufacture a quarrel with Jerrold's older brother Trevor, now the earl; they dueled and Davenant shot Trevor dead. Jerrold was now the Earl, and needed to have an heir or see it all go to Oliver, whom he despises; the problem is, he had the mumps as an adult, and he now believes he is sterile.
When he sees six year old Philip, the image of himself and his brother at that age, he puts two and two together and realizes that he must be Philip's father and that Philip, if legitimate, is his only heir. When Zoe tells him that they had been legally married, Jerrold insists that she take up her role as Countess of Woodforde and raise little Lord Silverbridge with him as a family.
Zoe agrees though she still burns with resentment; she will go through the motions publicly, but in private theirs is to remain a marriage in name only. An uneasy friendship develops between them, but enemies endanger their fragile new family relationship. I wouldn't say this book was padded, exactly, but it seemed to me reading it that it suffered from too many London society events which don't advance the story much and seem to be there only so that the author can drop in famous regency people.
It's not what I'd call a research dump, but it does slow things down, making it seem padded. I think also that having the hero take so long to figure out the villainy that's made so obvious to the reader makes him somewhat less than a rocket scientist. If you are into regency high society doings, this may be of interest, but I can't give it a recommendation for much of anything else. After closing the cover I remembered this book for one reason in particular - the in my opinion totally ridiculous and stupid decision made by the heroine of getting on her high horses, running away and then, when finding herself pregnant, still refusing to contact her lawful wedded husband.
If the hero is no rocket scientist then the heroine is a perferct match for him. Being 16 can only excuse so much. I was too irritated with spending time with these two dimwits to take much note of anything else. Like Janice I can't recommend it although not for the slow plot but the sheer idiocy of the main couple.
Miss Regina Alderstock's mother remarried after her diplomat husband's death to a Spanish gentleman and died some years thereafter. She might have gone back to England then and found a home with some relative, but she elected to stay on in Burgos with her stepsister Conchita and her stepfather Don Ottavio, even though the town was occupied by the French. Her stepbrother Filipe has left university to fight with the Spanish resistance. With her stepfather ill, Reggie is the mainstay of the household.
Reggie is English, but her stepfather's position and the interest of Monsieur de Thierry, the French commandant of the town, have kept her safe thus far. On one ordinary day in June , as Reggie is out doing the marketing, she sees a Spanish peasant badly injured when he pushes a little boy out of the way of a load of falling logs. When Reggie sees his face, she knows he is no peasant.
Reggie has him brought to her home to have his injuries tended and a friendship, or something more, develops between them. Adam knows the dangers and hardships women with the army or in a war zone would be risking, and he wants her safely back in England -- but Reggie has patriotic feelings too and strongly wishes to do her part in winning the war. I like this book as much as an adventure story as a romance. The relationship between Reggie and Adam grows and deepens in a natural way as each learns more about the other. The descriptions of Reggie's wartime experiences seem very realistic to me.
The elements of romance and adventure are pretty well balanced in this book; it's one of my favorites. However, he is not the Duke's biological son, but the offspring of an affair between the Duchess and Lord Powys. Richard and his half-siblings were raised in a separate establishment, and Richard, without knowing why, had always been told to stay away when the Duke and Duchess came to visit. One day on a dare Richard came to greet his father the Duke, and the enraged Duke beat the boy up, breaking an arm and several ribs. Richard was summarily sent off to live with Parson Freeman, out of the Duke's sight, still unconscious from the beating that nearly killed him.
Since that time Richard has not seen his mother or his siblings and wants nothing to do with any of them; he has even had his name legally changed. Richard now augments his army pay by writing satiric novels about the adventures of Don Alphonso, a highborn proud and stupid Spaniard. While serving in the Peninsula he had met and married Dona Isabel, the daughter of a Spanish hidalgo, by whom he has two small children, Amy and Tom. After Dona Isabel died, Richard had to make other arrangements for his children. Emily Foster, a widow with a young son of her own Matt , is looking for something to do to bring in some money so that she won't be a charge on her family.
Richard arranges to leave his children with while he goes back to the wars. But Napoleon's forces are not Richard's only enemies; the old Duke thought to be a madman has died, but his enmity, enhanced by greed, lives on in the new Duke and his brother Lord George. Not only is Richard's life in danger, but his children's lives as well -- and the life of anyone who befriends him as Emily has.
I really liked this novel and I can see why so many consider it a classic. Richard and Emily, the central characters are decent and honorable people, and there's a great cast of subsidiary characters, especially Richard's sister Lady Sarah and her husband Robin, and Richard's doomed friend Tom Conway. This is a rich, absorbing novel with a great deal of period flavor. These are not the 21st century people in funny old clothes that I find in so many recent regencies.
I was left with the feeling that these people really did live and breathe in regency England. I can't recommend it too highly. Sheila Simonson is a very talented author that wrote way too few Regencies. Her Cousinly Connexion is perhaps my personal favorite but Bar Sinister is a compelling read and you cannot but root for the characters. Perhaps not quite as action-packed as some modern books, and the hero and heroine do spend a lot of time apart as well, the characters are so complex and so well drawn, very lifelike indeed, that I did not care.
Like Janice, this is a book I unhesitatingly recommend! This book is somewhat linked to Lady Elizabeth's Comet and Love And Folly but the connection is so slight the book can easily be read as a stand alone. When she was six, both of Lady Jane Fitzmaurice's parents died in a boating accident neither could swim. Her guardianship passed to her mother's brother, Edward Stanton, Marquis of Rayleigh, who was 26 at the time. Jane had not been close to her parents as with many highborn families of the time, she hardly knew them , but she was frightened to leave her home in Ireland and her greatest comforts there, her pony and her freedom in riding.
As it happens, the Marquis was an easygoing young man, and he had one of the best racing and breeding studs in England. He had no idea what a young orphan girl might need, so he bought her two ponies. He had no way of knowing that this would be precisely the best way to comfort this child. David Chance, a neighbor boy a year older than Jane, was hired to help exercise the ponies.
He and Jane became best friends immediately, when Jane showed her ease on horseback and her joy in riding. As the years wore on, Jane and David became true friends, as unquestionedly necessary to each other as breathing. Jane endured the attempts to teach her all the things a young lady was supposed to know; as long as she had her riding and David's friendship, she put up with it all with a fairly good grace, though she would put her foot down at what she considered unnecessary or impertinent interference with her ways. She had discovered oil painting at Miss Farner's Select Academy in Bath, and so she even found a London season tolerable because there she could see private collections with paintings by the masters.
David came a little faster to adulthood than Jane. He rose to head trainer for the Marquis and he also grew into a very beautiful young man. He had been targeted by a married lady of the ton out for an affaire and he realized that his feelings for Jane were much more than friendship. In London, Jane attracted the interest of Julian Wrexham, considered the catch of the season, but Jane had no interest in him, or any other man than David.
However she knows she would never be permitted to marry David -- because he's illegitimate and she's the daughter of an earl. I think by now Joan Wolf must have done as many books with horses in them as Dick Francis, and I like that though she clearly loves horses, she doesn't anthropomorphize them. In this book she tells her story in a linear, uncomplicated style; she doesn't go in for that flossy, over the top, heavy breathing style of romance writing which is so common these days.
Even fairly common plot twists work well when you just tell the story. Miss Susan Phillips and her younger brother and sister are the children of a wastrel younger son who had fled to America. Since their parents' death they have lived with their Aunt Henrietta. When Sir Peter's invitation arrives, he writes that his friend Lord Carlton, who is at present staying with friends in Virginia, will arrange travel for Susan. Lord Carlton Charles had caught a fever while serving in the Peninsular Campaign, and it happens that he has a recurrence and is unable to visit Susan's family and make arrangements in person, so he sends a weasely solicitor, Mr.
Simmons, with a letter to Susan, with instructions to report back to him. Simmons is offended by Carlton's manner and resolves to make whatever mischief he can. He tells Susan that Carlton is proud and high-handed, and then he tells Carlton that Susan is a wanton, wink wink. When their ship leaves Boston, neither Charles nor Susan is aware of the other's presence on board. Carlton has just been jilted by the English beauty he had offered for; his batman Elliott tells his master that having sex with the pretty serving maid aboard ship will cure his bad mood.
Charles, very drunk, stumbles into a darkened room where Susan has gone to get over her seasickness, and thinks she's the maid. Susan protests at first but is Swept Away. She stops protesting and struggling and allows herself to be taken. When Charles returns to his own cabin, he finds the maid waiting there and he realizes that she wasn't the virgin he just had, and he has no idea who the real girl was.
Susan confides in her new shipboard friend Alicia. She won't tell her uncle and she'll deal with the reaction of whoever she marries when she has to. However, she turns up pregnant, and things just get worse from there. I had big problems with this book. Even before the Swept Away stuff, things were so vague that I was annoyed. I don't think the book ever said where Susan was living in America, and I found it very odd that Charles could be staying on a plantation in Virginia and nary a mention of slaves or slavery his friend urges him to get a piece of land in Virginia where the folks are real nice - I wondered if that included those nice dark skinned ones who did all the work for nothing.
I wondered how many women went to sea as serving maids this is the first I've heard of. I wondered how much of a rocket scientist a man would have to be to discover which young girl among the few passengers on board was the one he raped. After that it seemed to me one cliche plot element piled on another. The best thing I can say about the book is that the author has a fairly inoffensive prose style. Other than that, if I were stuck on a desert island with this my only book to read -- I'd throw it in the ocean. Richard, Marquis of Lansdon, bored by the London scene, is asked by his relatively penniless best friend Henry Smythe to accompany him on a visit to his home is Suffolk.
Henry is being pressured to marry Miss Fanny Rupper, a wealthy but unappealing local lady, and wants a little protection and company during his visit. As an inducement Henry mentions that Miss Charlotte Tarlock will be there -- Charlotte is an acclaimed beauty and an heiress whom Richard admires. Richard thinks Charlotte would do very well for his marchioness as does her mother , but there's a problem - there's a family understanding that he will marry his mother's best friend's daughter, 'the most easily forgotten girl I have ever encountered'.
Richard saw her once four years ago when she was a plump hoydenish 15 year old and can't even remember her Christian name. This forgettable girl is Lady Victoria Courtney, and she has just learned that her father the Earl has married a woman she's never met. The new Countess of Courtney has a daughter -- Charlotte Tarlock, who is thought to be as good as betrothed to Richard, the man Victoria has secretly loved ever since their disastrous meeting when she was Henry asks Richard for a tiny favor - to meet his actress mistress Anna Semple when she arrives at the local inn.
Henry has promised Anna a country holiday, but he has to return to town on business. Anna meets Victoria en route to her father's and rescues her from a kidnap attempt by a set of rogues who target young girls for sale to brothels. Anna liked her actress life but she always really wanted a husband, home and children, and when she meets an old friend she accepts his proposal immediately. When Victoria arrives at Ipswich, Richard meets her and mistakes her for Anna, and Victoria, in a fit of pique, allows Richard's mistake to stand.
And that's only the half of it. Or not even the half of it. This book has many threads as the several couples sort themselves out, and at times I felt I should be making notes and drawing lines to keep them all straight. It also requires a certain suspension of disbelief. However it was worth it for the snappy dialog Miss Fanny Rupper's in particular and I wound up liking it. I think it would appeal to those who like witty turns of phrase and tangled comedy of manners plots, if not so much to those who like a story of deeply felt emotion.
Amaris Chantry, a widow, is very grateful to have found an agreeable post at Hawkridge Manor, as companion to the grandmother of Marcus Rothwell, the present Earl.
With no family after her mother's death and down to her last shilling in Bath, she had fainted in front of Lady Hawkridge, and had been taken in by that kind but seemingly vague lady. Amy has experience of bad times; she and her mother had lived in the poorhouse. Amy's only jobs before Lady Hawkridge had been as a servant, although her mother, a lady, had taught her proper manners and breeding. As Amy sits in the library each morning attending to her ladyship's correspondence, she studies a portrait of Marcus hung there. The likeness was painted fourteen years before, just after his accession to the title at about twenty, and radiates remarkable strength and arrogance for such a young man.
Amy is fascinated with the painting. When Marc hears in London that his grandmother has taken in yet another lame duck, in a series of lame ducks out to fleece her, he thinks Amy must be another of that ilk, and he returns to Hawkridge to sort things out. As soon as he sees Amy, he is powerfully attracted to her, and he also realizes that she's frightened of something and she's hiding a secret. As soon as Amy sees Marc, she realizes that the portrait of the young man only hinted at the powerful character of the mature man.
Driven distracted by his desire for her, Marc promises himself that he will have her and he will discover her all her secrets. This book began as an odd mixture of lust and humor which didn't seem to me to flow together well. It's one of those books that has the hero turning aside to hide an erection whenever he encounters the heroine, and after a while that just seems silly.
I'm not a complete expert on male anatomy, but I haven't observed that men have that much difficulty controlling their responses indeed, if one goes by TV ads, they have the opposite problem. Amy had real problems - not only was she illegitimate, but she had a living husband who was a criminal. I wish the author had done more with those issues; it feels instead that they were swept aside so we could get to the love scenes and the happy ending. For me the unreality of that put the book at the mildly enjoyable but easily forgotten level.
I know what you mean about the book changing, Janice. I loved the setup of the story, the nutty grandma and the old biddies. I thought I was in for a delightful romp, silly male "troubles" and all. Then it becomes another type of book that didn't particularly appeal to me. I felt it was two different stories smashed together into one. Such a shame as it had potential to be so much that it isn't. They can't all be winners! Miss Georgiana Denbigh lives contentedly in the country with her father, Alistair, a fiftyish widowed country gentleman. Anne Hansen, a pretty army widow of forty.
Georgie's father manages the estate, but he is more interested in working on his botany book. Georgie and Tabby both hope that when Anne agrees to illustrate Alistair's book, a romance will blossom. Georgie's brother Nathaniel, back from the wars and tired of London's matchmaking scene, decides to go home and rusticate for a bit. Nathaniel is accompanied on his visit by his best friend, Lord Chesterton Jason , who is also fleeing matchmaking schemes. Jason had stayed with the Denbighs ten years ago, and has fond memories of Georgie as an engaging child of eight the 'sweet remembrance' of the title.
Georgie hero worshipped Jason in those long ago days, but hasn't seen him since. When they meet again, Jason still thinks of adorable little Georgie as a child, but she's eighteen now, she has the emotions of an adult woman, and she's fallen for Jason. Tabby has her own problems; her vulgar, blustering cit father has no affection for her, and browbeats and belittles her. He had tried to marry her off in London, but it didn't go well, so he sent her back to the country with Anne.
Tabby lives in terror of his return; he makes Anne uncomfortable as well with his pursuit of her. Twickenham hates the country and has neglected his estate, which he has left to the management of a drunken incompetent. After an incident involving the manager's disrespect to Tabby, Twickenham offers Nathaniel a deal -- if Nathaniel will take his unwanted daughter off his hands, Twickenham will give him the estate as her dowry.
This would leave Twickenham free to press Anne to marry him he hasn't taken no for an answer. Tabby is mortified at the offer because she's fallen in love with Nathaniel and for her it would be her dream, if Nathaniel loved her -- but he doesn't. This is a short, fast, sweet read with a certain charm, though it seems to me the author isn't terribly familiar with country life she doesn't seem to know much about horses for instance.
There's nothing new here in this story of three couples matching themselves up, but it's told pleasantly enough, if a trifle blandly for my taste. There's no real villain, except for the disagreeable Mr. Twickenham, but at least there are no spies in it either, which is a relief. Prudence Mallow was well named, or so the joke went. That is, until she met Lord Dammler, the marquis turned poet who had taken the Ton by storm with his verses on swashbuckling and derring-do.
Prudence was an author of rather sensible novels, focusing on her restricted middle class life with her eccentric uncle and timid mother - her books were nothing at all like the world traveling Dammler's exotic tales of licentiousness and debauchery. While Prudence tumbled into love with the marquis on reading his poetry, and even more so on actually meeting his splendid self, Lord Dammler thought her a mouse of a girl and gave her novels away - unread - to his cousin. But he soon learns that there is more to Prudence than he first thought.
Her wit and sense of humor capture his attention and the two of them become fast friends. As Prudence becomes a minor success, her person attracts the particular attention of Mr. Seville, whose enormous fortune makes him acceptable, and the learned Dr.
Ashington - much to the dismay of the marquis, who cannot approve of the attentions of either. A lover of the Regency is bound to make the connection between Prudence, Dammler and two well known literary persons of the era. The characters are obviously very loosely based on those of Jane Austen and Lord Byron respectively. However the personalities of Prudence and Dammler have little in common with either Austen or Byron.
The supporting cast of minor characters also deserves mentioning, particularly Uncle Clarence, a minor amateur painter, who's fully convinced he's the best painter of any era, and Cousin Hetta, who creates more mischief than she's aware of. A few lightly sketched historic personages flitter through the story as well. Although the purists will notice a few errors and anachronisms, these are easily overlooked in an otherwise fast paced and well written novel. I warmly recommend this delightfully amusing book.
Diana, Lady Rossley met her husband Richard when he fished her out of the Thames.
Regency Retro Reads
Her father had blown his brains out, leaving her nothing, and she had no one and nowhere to go, so in a fit of despondency she tried to drown herself. But Richard had his own problems. His spoiled and flagrantly unfaithful wife Alicia had run off with her lover and died abroad, leaving him with a three year old daughter Melanie to raise.
His aunt Lady Hanson was still living and could well have supported a child, but he doesn't seem to have thought of that solution. Richard solves both their problems by marrying Diana and leaving immediately to return to the war, telling Diana he does not expect to return.
A year later, when the book begins, Richard has survived the war, more or less in one piece except for a bad wound in his left arm, and has been sent home. Richard has had four years to brood about his first marriage to Melly's mother and the public cuckoldings he endured; he thinks 'they're all alike', thus he is very suspicious of Diana and expects the worst.
Instead he returns to Rossley House to find a pleasant, smoothly run household, a delightful, happy young daughter, and an unknown wife who is beloved by all - his friends, his aunt, his first wife's mother, and even the servants adore her. Richard's convictions about the false nature of women are now at war with his growing love and respect for his not-yet-wife Diana.
Diana is possibly the most tactful young woman I've ever read of, and I can only say, I hope bitter, overbearing Richard is worthy of her. I fear he isn't; who could be? I found myself more interested in the subsidiary romance; Robert, one of Richard's friends, limps so badly from his wounds that he feels that Clare, who had been the season's incomparable, could never love him.
I found it a bit harder to stay interested in this book, as compared to some other Judith Stafford favorites The Lemon Cake, Cupid and the Vicar ; it moves at a slower pace, and I'm a bit impatient with the Patient Griselda myth a wife who is made to suffer to prove her love, while her lord doesn't have to prove a darn thing. I wound up liking it after all, in large part because the author's prose style and gentle humor appeal to me.
I, too, generally enjoy Stafford's books very much but this one, unfortunately, is nowhere near the fun of the rest of her production. Neither Richard nor Diana interested me much as characters, Richard in particular is a dead bore, and their love story is so slight it's hardly noticeable. I didn't find the patient wife theme half as tiresome as the ridiculous spy plot introduced in chapter 5. Good prose though and it does have a very happy end - the book is finally over! Lottie is the plain one, her next sister Carrie is the beautiful but spoiled one, and her youngest sister Amanda is the sympathetic but timid one.
Lady Forester harbors some prejudice against Lottie because she resembles her grandmother Amelia, with whom Lady Forester never got on. Lottie's looks are out of fashion too; she is slim rather than curvy, and she bears a white streak in her auburn hair -- a remnant of a childhood injury received when Carrie threw a horseshoe at her on purpose. Lottie has therefore been raised to feel she is unattractive and a Season would be wasted on her, but Carrie though she has a vile temper and is mean to the servants is a perfect golden beauty just in the fashionable mode and ought to have a Season as she is bound to marry well.
Lottie does have an ace in the hole; her grandmother Amelia had made Lottie the sole heir to her isolated estate, Pomfret Priory; Lottie thinks of going to live there, if there is no other way to escape. A friend of Lady Forester's advises her that Mr. Marcus North is looking for a bride, and since his property adjoins Pomfret, Lottie is ordered to meet and accept him. Marcus has his own insecurities; he can't see why any of the ton's pretty women would want him, and he's being manipulated into offering for Annabelle, a girl he doesn't want or like.
He agrees to meet Lottie, but she has run off to her old governess, Miss Delia Wythe, rather than meet him, and so Marcus decides to continue on north to his country home. Lottie arrives at her old governess's cottage to find her friend, Miss Delia Wythe, disabled by an attack of sciatica, and with no real room for a guest.
Miss Wythe was supposed to take up a new position as governess to an invalid five year old girl, but cannot until she's better, so she proposes that Lottie hide by going in her stead. As Miss Delia Wythe, Governess, Lottie finds that her new position is untenable -- her employer's vicious, vindictive, brutal lech of a stepson, Sir Albin Drysdale, has targeted her.
Dorothea: A Sweet and Humorous Regency Novel (Catherine Moorhouse Regency Trilogy Book 3)
Lottie must escape once again, this time in the company of 'Sebastian', a chance-met acquaintance -- Marcus in disguise. This is an odd little story, another of the sort that couldn't be published today because it doesn't fit the current 'rules' -- hero and heroine don't spend the entire book together, they're not screwing each other by Chapter 2, and there's a very large cast of subsidiary characters who come and go. It's a tricky problem -- what does a young lady do when she is not content to let others determine her future for her?
I kept turning pages to find out what Lottie would do next and how she would do it within the constraints of that era. I wouldn't call it a deeply felt book, but it moves fast and was pretty entertaining. Miss Alyssa Eliot is the daughter of her mother's first marriage to the son of Lord Eliot, who died young. Her mother Fanny a paragon of vulgarity agreed readily to give her infant daughter up to her grandfather to raise. By her second marriage to a wealthy merchant, Elias Raff, also now deceased, she had another daughter, Rosina, who bids fair to be as silly, vain, cunning and stupid as her mother.
Alyssa, having been raised as Miss Eliot of Ormandy Park, is every bit a genuine lady, and as different from her mother and half sister as chalk and cheese. Her grandfather had been loath to lose her; he had not given her a Season and such suitors as she met had been discouraged, so Alyssa is now 25 and still unmarried. Alyssa was not kept from knowing her mother and sister, as Lord Eliot felt one or two weeks a year in their company would teach her more than forbidding contact would do.
This time, however, her mother widowed again has begged Alyssa to stay on and help her straighten out her tangled finances. Alyssa felt duty bound to do so, and this caused a breach between her and her loving but fierce grandfather. Jeremy Carstair, the young 19 Marquess of Stanwood, met Alyssa at the home of an old friend of hers, and fell headlong into calf love. He wants to marry her, but Alyssa realizes that he is much too young to marry yet, particularly to a woman six years older than he. In order to avoid hurting his feelings, Alyssa says she will not say no but asks that the betrothal be kept secret for a year.
Alyssa thinks that, given time, Jeremy's passion will fade -- and she may just help the process along by acting like a total pain when with him. However, when Jeremy's father Richard, the Duke of Carlyle, gets wind of Jeremy's desire to marry 'Miss Raff', he assumes she must be an adventuress out to snare wealth and a title. Richard himself now 36 had been married off at 16 to a minor princess who was several years older than he; she had mocked him, betrayed him and broken his heart before she died. Although he has had numerous affairs, he's never considered remarrying; he is devoted to his son Jeremy and his frail daughter Ellen.
After a disastrous encounter with Mrs. Raff and her daughter Rosina at Vauxhall, Richard assumes the other daughter must be cut from the same pattern and is determined to make sure Jeremy never marries Alyssa, by fair means or foul. However, when he actually meets Alyssa, he's baffled -- how can this beautiful, elegant, witty, intelligent woman be the same golddigger who has snared his naive young son Jeremy? I liked Alyssa; she had tremendous integrity and presence of mind.
So I'd say, worth reading if you like the storyline, but maybe not worth chasing down. Miss Marianne Arnet is the daughter of a French gentleman and an English lady. Her father's business took him to the Continent, and her mother went with him; they left their child at first with their cousins the Sloans. When the Sloan parents died, Marianne moved to her maternal grandfather Lord Marlow's country residence, where she lives now with her Aunt Edith Marlow and her two daughters, haughty beautiful Lucinda and mousy timid Jane. Lucinda has been out for two years, but Jane is to make her come-out this Season, and Marianne is to come out with her.
Marianne has a secret, however; she writes poetry as 'Mata'; her cousin Will Sloan, a London painter, sees to its publication and forwards any letters for 'Mata' to her.
As Mata, Marianne has been corresponding with a kindred soul who signs himself only 'J'. Marianne looks forward to her London visit not least because she can finally meet the mysterious 'J'. Whitestone had been in the army and had seen many of his men die as a result of information provided by spies.
In his letter Whitestone accuses Marianne's parents of being traitors spying for Napoleon and claims that Marianne must be helping them; therefore if Marianne comes to London, he will see that she is shunned by the ton -- along with her family. Lucinda explodes at the potential ruin of her season -- and because she has targeted Whitestone as her future husband. Marianne proposes that she go instead to her cousin Will and his wife and pose as Will's sister Marianne Sloan.
But she has seen the handwriting on that infamous letter and recognized it -- it is that of her secret correspondent 'J'. Fritzella believes she has had many past lives; each room is furnished like one of them. With Fritzella's help Marianne decides to have her revenge on Whitestone. She already has three identities - Marianne Arnet, Marianne Sloan and Mata; she will appear in so many outrageous guises to Whitestone that he will be completely confused, and when he finally learns who she is, he won't be able to claim to the ton that he was deceived because he will have known all along that she was not what she appeared.
There's a lot of stuff going on in this short novel -- spies, counterspies, masquerades, even a prostitute rehab project -- but it all comes to a coherent ending somehow, and the characters, particularly Fritzella, have warmth and energy. There are one or two things that seem odd to me - Jane wears bright red to her debut ball, and Mr. Trimble takes snuff there that is described as a white powder. Coke at the Marlow ball?
I shouldn't think so. But the only really painful thing in the book is Mata's poetry; it's really not very good. Other than those bits, a pleasant read. I'm not a writer who is much given to metaphors and similes. However, when I wanted to convey the experience of walking a mile uphill on a very hot day, pulling taffy popped into my head. I could not get onto Feather by myself on the public road wearing a dress and pantalettes, and I did have to trudge all the way home.
ogozoqosolym.tk: Dorothea Jensen: Books, Biography, Blogs, Audiobooks, Kindle
It seemed to me that the boiling white sun stretched the distance from the village to my home like hot taffy. Wait until you see your bed— the one my brother used to sleep in at Penncroft. It has a canopy. A canopy over the bed, not under it! Peale named several of his children - several of whom became skilled artists - after famous painters: Rembrandt Peale painted this portrait of Lafay.
Goody Two ShoesI liked everything about school, right down to the sound of the pencils scritching on our slate tablets. Most of all, however, I loved hearing the teacher read stories and fairy tales to us aloud. Even the m — ore youthful fare read aloud in the classroom seemed to transport me right out of Hopkinton and into more exciting times and places.
Not all the stories the teachers read had been so enjoyable, however. I'm not ignoring my elves, either! So just before we took down our Christmas tree, I took the opportunity to make short videos of myself reading the opening of all four of my Izzy elf stories. Here's the first one: Tizzy, the Christmas Shelf Elf. You may imagine my dismay when I decided to publish it more than twenty years later and discovered someone had nicked that title! You may also imagine my dism. Sometimes a little kiss can change everything - especially a little kiss from a world-famous hero of the America Revolution!
The other day I started recording the audio version of my historical novel for young readers, A Buss From Lafayette! It was so much fun that I think I might have the video camera running while I record the rest of it. I could then post the occasional video as I go. In A Buss from Lafayette, I had a hard time deciding who Clara would guess the old veteran is in the following conversation: Stamping my foot in frustration, I turned to see whose presence was interfering with the fulfillment of my plan.
Among the familiar characters, I saw a tall, skinny stranger who looked to be nearly eighty years of age. He was wearing a rather moth-eaten old uniform of buff and blue. His pure white hair was also in a bygone style, long— if a bit sparse in front. Here are the buy links: In June, , everyone around spirited year-old Clara Hargraves is thrilled because the world-famou. Here are a couple of photos of a 19th century store in Old Sturbridge Village like the one Clara visits in the story. He leaned over his counter, which was laden as always with large glass jars of pickles, candy, and other delicacies.
Behind him, shelves reached to the ceiling, stuffed with items fascinating to the eye. I remember very well going to one of the stores and watching and hearing an explanation of how village stores functioned, which was quite differently than those today. The guy behind the counter showed me a thick ledger book full of complicated transactions. It was common, apparently, for people to "trade" for goods at the store by paying with goo. As faithful readers of this blog know, the young French major general, the Marquis de Lafayette, played a huge role in the American Revolution. This was particularly true at Yorktown, Virginia, the location of the final major battle of the war.
It was Lafayette and his men who actually trapped the English, led by General Cornwallis, on the Yorktown peninsula. The timely arrival of a French fleet under Admiral De Grasse put the cork in the bottle. Between the two leaders, they were able to keep h. I recently finally started sorting through boxes of stuff left behind by my father, who passed away in I was amazed to find a lot of handwritten letters remember those? I had sent to Dad over the years. One caught my eye. Here is what I said: The agent I sent it to rejected it—I made Martha [my sister] come over to open the rejection letter to read it before I did.
It's a most painful process.
When our son was sworn in as a member of the diplomatic corps in , my husband and I attended the ceremony at the Main State Department in Washington, D. Afterwards, there was a gathering on the top floor in the John Quincy Adams Reception Room, pictured above. It was only after I had taken a few sips that.
- Similar authors to follow.
- Indagine sulla pedofilia nella Chiesa (Collana Quaderni Vol. 3) (Italian Edition);
- El mejor regalo de navidad (Spanish Edition)?
- Customers who bought this item also bought!
- Are You an Author?.
Recently, we visited Valley Forge after many years and made a short video of me reading the scene in which Geordie and Sandy arrive there during the winter of This was the scene that my year-old grandson "chanted" when I asked him what his favorite part of the book was. That really made my day! If the video doesn't show up on your device, follow this link to watch it on YouTube! More from Deedy about this guy named George. I was able to photograph this missive, and subsequently spent hours trying to puzzle out what Washington said. What with having some bits missing note torn corner in the picture , and 18th century spelling idiosyncasies such as a la.
George Washington Makes a Joke Sort of: Another message from Deedy: Librarian Sara Galligan was kind enough to allow us to look at the documents in the society's collection that pertain to New Hampshire's own Revolutionary General, John Sullivan. These complex plot machinations, the richness of the writing and the fullness of the characters are sure to leave readers for whom sex and violence are not the sine qua non eagerly awaiting the volumes of this trilogy. Fine touches of language and sentiment will impress you. Louisa soon finds herself the "ungainly cuckoo in Drusilla Newcomb's well-feathered nest", a particularly painful position, especially when her stepsisters are courted by the fascinating Jason Fielding, the Earl of Ashbury.
And when Louisa seeks to earn her own independent future by penning a novel satirizing her despicable step relations, she finds that she has unwittingly revealed her own heart to the man she loves. Read more Read less. English Similar books to Louisa: Customers who bought this item also bought. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Product description Product Description "Wonderfully involving Regency saga Kindle Edition File Size: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.