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A Heritage of Shadows Mass Market Paperback – January 12, 1985
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About the Author
Madeleine Brent was the pseudonym used by Peter O'Donnell, who also created the legendary thriller heroine Modesty Blaise. Madeleine Brent's real identity was one of publishing's best kept secrets. In all there were nine Madeleine Brent romances: Tregaron's Daughter, Moonraker's Bride, Kirkby's Changeling, Merlin's Keep, The Capricorn Stone, The Long Masquerade, A Heritage of Shadows, Stormswift and Golden Urchin. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Unfortunately for Hannah and, as any suspense novel reader knows, self possessed but mysteriously haunted young women of independent means can never outrun their past for long. Events overtake Hannah and she is forced to return to England in an attempt to avoid disaster. She takes refuge teaching French to a rich merchant's two teenage children. The rich merchant, however, seems to know of her past and soon Hannah is caught up in a play for power and revenge that stretches back for decades and somehow involves her. Eventually we learn just exactly how heavily Hannah paid for her self possession and how much more she is forced to pay the demons that haunt her.
This book was like popping a particularly fine piece of foreign chocolate in your mouth. The layers that emerge, one on top of another, alternately surprise and delight you. I felt very protective of and close to Hannah and any scene Toby was in made me laugh. Which was a good thing because Hannah's story ended up being much darker than I was expecting and the moments of humor were much appreciated. A sweet, enjoyable read. I went back to the library today and got two more Brent books.
If you are fortunate enough to find this book, you'll get to meet Hannah McLeod, the Butterfly Girl, as well as her artist friend, Toby Kent, and many other interesting characters, both good and bad.