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The Daughters of Blane [Kindle Edition]

Harriet Smart
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Book Description

Three young ladies with more beauty and charm than Isobel, Leonora and Vivien Buchanan, daughters of the laird of Blane, would be hard to find; their marriage prospects are exceptional. Indeed, in the summer of 1890, Isobel is already engaged to a duke.
But Isobel is secretly uncertain about the man she is to marry. When another, utterly unsuitable candidate presents himself, she is stunned by the strength of her feelings. Suddenly she must make a decision that could have devastating consequences.
Younger and more independent, Vivien has always resisted the destiny allotted to women of her class. Marriage to a radical politician seems to offer her the deep and close relationship she seeks; but time and changing ideals can temper the deepest passion.
Only Leonora, spoiled and extravagant, is ready to settle for a conventional marriage. But a rich and titled husband is no guarantee of happiness, especially against the pull of true but illicit love.
Set against the turbulent events of the 1890s and moving from the Western Isles of Scotland to London society, from slum life in Edinburgh to a palazzo in Venice, and finally to the battlefields of the Boer war, The Daughters of Blane is the passionate and ultimately triumphant story of three women who refuse to fit the mould society has made for them.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1470 KB
  • Print Length: 634 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Anthemion; 3 edition (June 4, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0042RV8A8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #565,168 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Saga November 11, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a wonderful book. It carries the reader from Scotland to Africa and back, telling the stories of two fascinating families: The Faulkners and the Buchanans. Smart is a beautiful writer, and I was totally immersed in the fascinating lives of her characters. I will read all of Harriet Smart's books.
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2.0 out of 5 stars WHY I DON'T LIKE IT December 17, 2013
By Mike
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I do not like this book, because I cannot! Bought and paid for, but every time I download it I get a copy of "The Lark Ascending", which I already have. When - IF - I can get "Blain" THEN I can say if I like it. So?
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More About the Author

Harriet Smart is a novelist living in Edinburgh.

Educated at the University of St Andrews, Harriet's debut novel, A GARLAND OF VOWS, was inspired by her research into a firm nineteenth century church furnishers and turned into an epic family saga, spanning fifty years. Her second novel, GREEN GROW THE RUSHES, set in Edwardian Scotland was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. She is currently writing a series of crime novels set in early Victorian England.

Along with her husband Julian Smart she has designed Writer's Café, a software toolkit for fiction writers. For more information see

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