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- ASIN : B003ZYFBMU
- Publisher : Cader Idris Press (November 28, 2013)
- Publication date : November 28, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 1462 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 426 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #662,614 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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It's written with incredible deftness, with such a sure and polished hand. So painstakingly researched down to the tiniest minutiae of the period that it truly felt as if I was reading diary entries from Isabella and Mortimer themselves. There was not one misplaced word, not one awkward moment to pull me from the story. These characters are written on the page, but they jump from it every chance they get to stage their story so vividly in your imagination with a sly look or a bit of cleverness you weren't at all expecting at that particular moment.
In the hands of this talented author, even a reader who does not often choose historical novels (I'll admit, I'm more of a contemporary gal, myself) was enthralled and wanted more. In fact, my only complaint about the story is that it ended all too abruptly. I wanted to know what happened next. And to that end, I have it on good authority that a sequel is in the works or very nearly finished and will be on its way soon. Whew, good news!
Now, I could quote the hell out of this book, it's just that good, chock full of perfect, never purple, prose, but that would be silly because I'd be taking part of the fun away from you getting to read it in context. I would, however, like to quote one passage that really stood out for me.
It roars with delicious sexual tension (built up over the course of the story), and is so intimate you feel like you're a servant peeping in on them from a nearby closet:'
"Mortimer caught my wrist in the circle of his fingers and pulled me against him. Something inside me - a force greater than my own will or understanding - strained against my ribs, expanding outward with such completeness, such power, that I ceased to breathe. The beating of my heart became everything, my whole being, sending through every limb, every finger, every inch of flesh a tide of awakening.
I closed my eyes, my lips parting in wickedly painful anticipation of his fervent kisses...and he bent his neck, the heat of his breath blazing my skin as he pressed his lips to the rim of my ear.
'One hour,' he said huskily. His hold on my wrist lightened.
`In the courtyard. Meet me there. I'll have the horses ready. The sun will be up by then. Rouse your companion and we'll be off to Vincennes.'
Slowly, I opened my eyes, taking in his words, still waiting for more. More of his touch, his nearness. More of him. '
But then he released me altogether, stepped back and started toward the door. It felt as though I had been suddenly nudged to the edge of a cliff and it began to crumble beneath me, leaving my toes dangling over the edge, my balance out of kilter, a great abyss gaping before me."''
I highly recommend this book to lovers of historical fiction as well as those who prefer contemporary stories. You'll be thoroughly engaged from word one by the brilliant writing. '
Top reviews from other countries
What a treat !