- File Size: 286 KB
- Print Length: 345 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Belgrave House/Regency Reads (August 19, 2010)
- Publication Date: August 19, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00405R5HC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #459,753 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Miss Jacobson's Journey Kindle Edition
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It's still an ejoyable story but I find the chemistry lacking
When her uncle dies Miriam finds herself stuck in Europe because of the war with Napoleon until she is offered safe passage home if she will travel first to Spain with a consignment of gold for Wellington's army. Miriam agrees and finds herself on a coach journey across France with Felix Lord Roworth and the same Isaac Cohen she rejected nine years ago.
I found this book did not hold my attention quite as much as other Regency romances by this author have done. It is just as well written and the plot is interesting but there was something lacking and the book did not quite gel for me.
I sympathised with Miriam's impatience with the restrictions placed on women at the time and I liked the way the four travellers gradually settled into a workable relationship. Maybe I was in the wrong mood for this particular book and it will not stop me reading others by this author.
Right before a Jewish matchmaking ceremony, Miriam has doubts about getting married and becoming a wife. She feels pressured to accept the suitor that her mother likes, but all she really wants to do is to travel with her favorite uncle. At the crucial moment, Miriam rejects the quiet young scholar presented to her before he can utter a word.
Years later, her uncle’s death leaves Miriam stranded in France due to the war. She approaches the mysterious Jacob Rothchild for help and he makes her a deal: he’ll give her Swiss papers and help smuggle her back to England. In exchange for this, though, first she must travel with two agents and a secret cargo of gold destined for Wellington’s army near Spain.
Despite the recklessness of the plan and stern warnings from her maid, Miriam accepts before she meets her traveling companions: Felix Roworth, a snobbish aristocrat, and Isaac Cohen, the same man she cruelly rejected years ago.
Roworth and Cohen hate each other on sight and it takes all of Miriam’s diplomacy and quick thinking to keep the mission on track. Miriam’s the glue that keeps these reluctant companions together, and soon Roworth and Cohen find a real reason to hate each other.
If you’re looking for a ramshackle travelogue through Napoleonic war zones, Miss Jacobson’s Journey is a fascinating, well-researched novel. It’s exciting, with most of the danger and emotions coming across as natural. It delves into the plight of marginalized Jewish communities, and the casual discrimination they faced long before World War II.
Apart from these elements, the novel’s got an incredible, well-developed love triangle. At one point I didn’t know which guy I was rooting for: Lord Felix, who slowly sheds his anti-Semitism, or Isaac, who’s out to prove he’s become a better man since he was first rejected.
(This review was first posted to my blog, luckyparkinggirl.com.)
This is a rare Regency with a Jewish heroine. Others in this genre are Star Sapphire by Rebecca Danton (Fawcett 1979), although the heroine of that book marries a Gentile (a marquess) at the beginning, and the recently published A Question of Honor by Nita Abrams. Carola Dunn treats the situation of Jews in British society and on the continent with sensitivity, and her heroine (and one of the suitors who is Jewish) act in consistency with their upbringing.
Miss Jacobsen's Journey, long out-of-print, is now available as an e-book (published from Belgrave House). Get it here or look for it at your public library. If you liked this book, you might want to try Bk 2 (His Lordship's Reward) or Bk 3 (The Captain's Inheritance) to learn more about Miriam's future life.