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  • File Size: 805 KB
  • Print Length: 346 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Books We Love Ltd. (June 13, 2012)
  • Publication Date: June 13, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008BDVY08
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As a child Kathy wanted to be a writer when she grew up. She also wanted to act. After receiving an MFA in Acting and playing the part of starving young artist in New York, she taught theater classes at a small college in the Mid-West before returning home to the East Coast, where over the years, she and her husband raised two kids and an assortment of dogs. During stints in advertising, children's media publishing, and education reform in the former Soviet Unions, she wrote whenever she could. Her love of early American history has its roots in family vacations up and down the East Coast visiting old forts and battlefields and places such as Williamsburg, Mystic Sea Port, and Sturbridge Village. At the same time, she daydreamed in history classes, imagining the everyday people behind all the dates and conflicts and how they lived.

Claiming her best ideas are born of dreams, Kathy has written a number of stories over the years. Her first published novel, Winter Fire, a 1998 Golden Heart finalist in historical romance, was reissued in 2010 by Books We Love, Ltd.

When not writing, she enjoys reading, cooking, photography, playing "ball" with the dogs, and rooting on her favorite sports teams.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Juliet Waldron on June 15, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
When Anne, raised poor and taunted as a bastard, discovers that her father has always lived nearby, she is shocked and furious. Why has he never acknowledged her and why has he allowed her mother to suffer years of humiliation and want? Her father is a wealthy man, Lord Esterleigh. For reasons which she will only gradually learn, he married her mother and then callously cast her aside. Now, for reasons which are part of a shameful family secret, he has suddenly reclaimed her. Anne, like any spirited, independent teen, views these events with suspicion. Her father, a man she's mythologized, appears to be, in this new reality, a contemptible figure. The money and privilege he's now providing brings Anne few pleasures and much reflective bitterness. Anne has also acquired powerful enemies, in the form of her father's ex-wife and disinherited son. To further muddy the waters, Anne falls passionately in love with a handsome servant who is off to America to seek his fortune in order to be "worthy" of her hand. The time, the place--late 18th Century England--is brought to breathing life, complete with the elegance and hypocrisy which marked the period. The manners, the proprieties, the clothes, customs and language are all present, as well as the familiar scramble after wealth and position, here seen through the eyes of a heroine far less sheltered than those of Jane Austen. Anne Esterleigh has experienced the dark underbelly of this world, ruled by (as many arias have it) "the cruelty of men." At the end of this novel, her perils and adventures, her journey toward understanding, are just beginning. I look forward to the next part of this fascinating, ably-written trilogy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CHARTATTACK on June 20, 2012
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I really liked this book. My only how ever it did start a little slow. And at times I couldn't figure out the characters motavation for doing certain things. Like when Ann is scared of the brother, yet goes with him. Then later confides in him. She should clearly see he is twisted from their first encounter. Other than that loved it. But now I have to wait for the next book. I'm not the most patient person and tend to get books when a series is completed so I don't have to wait. But if your up for a little frustration at having to wait to see how the story continues because it doesn't resolve Ann's problems by the end, than it is the book for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LAS Reviewer on June 10, 2013
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Jane Austen showed us the gentle side of 19th century England; Kathy Fischer-Brown sets her work a century earlier and shows us how envy, revenge, and greed can work to effect long-term changes on one young woman.

This book (and I assume the ones that follow it) are not stand-alone books. I admit, I'm used to books, even those in a series, being ones you can read separately. The Serpent's Tooth Trilogy is just that -- a real trilogy. It caught this reader off-guard to reach the end of the book, but not the end of the story by any means. So, caveat emptor, if you are the kind of reader who does not like to wait to find out what happens next--buy all three books in this trilogy at once.

Our heroine, Anne has been brought up to believe that her father is dead-dying a heroic death in war. When her mother is on her deathbed, however, she discovers that not only is her father alive but lives close enough he has been able to keep up with the family. He wants to make amends and bring the whole family back together, but it's too late for Anne's mother. And, Anne has a hard time forgiving her father for his apparent disregard of them for years.

Anne's suspicions and anger at her father lead her into many complications and issues -reminiscent, at times, of the gothic novels I grew up on. Who can Anne trust? Who should she avoid?

The author does a wonderful job of showing all these complications clearly, with apt description, and I could easily see this series as a movie-maybe one day I will. So, if you are a fan of dark gothic themes, enjoy seeing the underbelly of British society and what goes on behind the scenes, as it were, I highly recommend you buy this trilogy.

As for now I'm completely hooked and off to read the "rest of the story," as Paul Harvey would have said.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S.A. Martin on May 18, 2013
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Kathy Fischer-Brown's "The Serpent's Tooth" is a well=researched, well=written tale of English society in the latter half of the 18th century. It's the story of Anne Fairfield, raised in poverty but finding later that her father is a wealthy man. But he is also one with a convuluted and less than honorable past. Here we meet members of English society, both upper and lower classes, good and bad. How Anne reacts to these people shows us a heroine willing to fight for what she wants, unwilling to suffer fools gladly. Ms. Fischer-Brown's historical novels are a deviation from those we so often see in bookstores,that are all froth and no meat. Her characterizations and descriptions are superb.

If you've read Shakespeare's "KIng Lear" you will understnad the reason for the title and get a good cocept of the heroine.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A.M. Westerling on August 9, 2012
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A well written, suspenseful story with an unexpected ending. This story had it all - family secrets, scandal, and forbidden love. Not a traditional romance per se, however, the author draw you deeper into the story page by page. I can't wait to read the next book in the series! :)
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