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Wicked Company Paperback – October 1, 2010
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From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
The author does a wonderful job at keeping a nice pace to the story and gives us a realistic look at what Great Britain might have been during the 1700's.
A thick historical novel set in the 18th century with a wickedly strong heroine and with a great view of the gritty world of the theatre.
Author Ciji Ware weaves a tale of intrigue and passion filled with secrets, betrayal, and danger all set against a theatrical background. While some of the characters are fiction, the author also intertwines historical characters along the way adding to the story.
Fascinating... The author has a knack for engrossing the reader in the details.
Ciji has a great talent for creating awesome and unforgettable characters.
The characters are enchanting, determined, real life, strong, independent and will sweep you off your feet... A wonderful story. A keeper.
The novel is rich in fascinating historical detail.
[An] epic feel and intricate historical detail, but with an admirable protagonist.
Ms. Ware's writing style is such that you find yourself drawn into the time period.
Wicked Company is chock full of interesting characters like James Boswell and David Garrick and I absolutely loved the descriptions of the Drury Lane theater community with their squabbles and rivalries
Ciji Ware is one of those rare authors who never has a misstep. Every book of hers is extremely well-written, historically detailed and well plotted.
Ware has artfully blended the historical players of 18th-century London theater... Her details of time and place are extraordinary, allowing readers to experience the cold, the smells, the scenery, and the costumes of the time. This is a must- read.
Wicked Company has made me a Ciji Ware devotee, this author not only rights beautiful stories, her text is a lyrical experience throughout. As the melodic plot unfolds she adds unique and charming characters who offer the perfect counterpoint.
More About the Author
Ware has won numerous awards for her 10 works of fiction, including the Dorothy Parker Award of Excellence; the 'Golden Quill' award for Historical Fiction;'Best Fictionalized Biography' for ISLAND OF THE SWANS. For the latter novel, she was bestowed in Edinburgh the honor of FSA Scot, of which she is exceedingly proud. Another historical novel, A RACE TO SPLENDOR debuted in April, 2011 on the 105th anniversary of the devastating 1905 San Francisco Earthquake and Firestorm and was short-listed for the WILLA (Cather) Literary Award in 2012.
Ware's first all-contemporary work of fiction, THAT SUMMER IN CORNWALL, was published in January, 2013, and is a stand-alone sequel to her bestselling "time-slip" novel, A COTTAGE BY THE SEA. The second in Ware's Four Seasons Quartet, THAT AUTUMN IN EDINBURGH--also a contemporary, stand-alone sequel to ISLAND OF THE SWANS--was published in November, 2013, followed this year by THAT WINTER IN VENICE. Also in 2015, she was named to the Martha's Vineyard Writers-in-Residence program where she will begin work on Book 4 of her current series, THAT SPRING IN PARIS, along with a "secret project" known only to her agent.
Ware's most recent nonfiction, RIGHTSIZING YOUR LIFE: Simplifying Your Surroundings While Keeping What Matters Most, was named by the Wall Street Journal as "One of the Top 5 Books on Retirement Issues." She is also the author of JOINT CUSTODY: Making Shared Parenting Work.
For eighteen years Ware was heard daily as a commentator on ABC Radio & TV in Los Angeles. During her noted career as a broadcaster, she has worked for PBS and all three major network affiliates, covering a wide range of topics in the areas of health, consumer, lifestyle and women's issues.
Ciji Ware is also a sought-after event speaker, print journalist, (AARP, Travel & Leisure and other national magazines) and has the distinction of being elected as the first woman graduate of Harvard College to serve as President of the Harvard Alumni Association, Worldwide. The author lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Visit Ciji's website at www.cijiware.com; her Facebook page: Ciji Ware, Novelist
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ciji-Ware-Novelist/102621349810555 and her Pinterest page at http://pinterest.com/cijiware/
Top Customer Reviews
Ms. Ware's writing style is such that you find yourself drawn into the time period. It was rather like watching a movie in my head. Her descriptions of place, attire and even persons are detailed but not so that you feel like you are reading a list. It's all drawn together so well in the whole of the story. The characters are well conceived and interesting. I did get a bit annoyed with Sophie though; as smart as she was portrayed to be it seemed she just never learned when it came to men. I also found it a touch hard to believe a young girl would survive so unscathed in this time period. But those minor niggling thoughts aside I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
I was not aware that there were so many female playwrights in this time period. It did not surprise me that they were looked down upon and generally dismissed. The descriptions of the theatres and the backstage goings on were fascinating and added so much to the story. I am a theatre lover so it doesn't matter the time - a play is a play!
The central love story was full of challenges. I truly wonder if two people would really survive what these two went through over the course of so many years. There was an appalling lack of communication although I suppose back in this time period women WERE supposed to be seen and not heard. heh.
Since this is a romance, you know that just as our pair discover true love there's going to be complications and separations, and Sophie finds herself at the mercy of our two debauched noblemen. Is Sir Peter really the dear knight in shining armor he seems, or does he desire Sophie for other reasons? What deep dark secrets does Darnley hold and what it his compelling interest in Sophie? The story from here on out takes plentiful twists and turns and ups and downs as Sophie and Hunter fight the baddies, have numerous Big Misunderstandings and separations whilst trying to keep their true love alive.Read more ›
In her author notes Ciji Ware states that the inspiration for writing Wicked Company came up unexpectedly while conducting research for Island of the Swans. The main character of Island of the Swans, Jane Maxwell, had a sister who had written and produced several plays. Ciji then researched further and found that there were about 98 women who wrote plays and had them run in London's most famous play houses between the years 1660-1800. And even though they were among the most popular writers of the day most of us know little about these extraordinary women.
In Wicked Company, Ware brings 18th century London and the struggles of a woman playwright to life. Sophie McCann is the daughter of a Scottish printer from Edinburgh who eventually comes to London and finds herself immersed in the theatrical world of Drury Lane and Covent Gardens. Ciji has a great talent for creating awesome and unforgettable characters and while Sophie's naiveté got on my nerves a smidge I still really enjoyed her. Her tenacity and ambitiousness was inspiring and you really rally for her. My only issue with this book was that after a while it seemed that everything and anything bad happened to Sophie, but I think the author was just trying to show the various obstacles that playwrights had to deal with at the time and for that I think she did a bang up job.
Wicked Company is a great read and I very much recommend it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ms Ware's research is excellent and her story telling is delightful. A good read.Published 8 months ago by Jeanne Porter
This was a really fun, interesting read! I recommend it, especially to female writers.Published 9 months ago by Phoebe Scarborough
I usually don't read historical fiction, but I am so glad to have read this book. It's quite a story, I've learned about life in the 18th century, and about the theatre. Read morePublished 10 months ago by G. M. K.
Outstanding----- I really enjoy historical fiction. C. Ware does an excellent job of developing a good story with some true facts.Published 10 months ago by Charlene Levey Holler
Another wonderful read by my favorite author. Loved all her books I've read.Published 11 months ago by Southern Belle
Not one of her best books as the plot was slower than her others. The main character seemed to repeat her mistakes in judgement one too many times for me and seemed to never learn... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Beejay Williams
How could any woman, from childhood thru adulthood, endure what this woman went thru and remained so active and achieved her passion in life. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Crossword