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Scent of Cloves

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This novel is set in Indonesia in the seventeenth century, and it is characterized by the author's remarkable power to convey place and period. The heroine, Julie Ashley loses her family and her identity when Cromwell ravages Ireland and she is rescued from starvation by a Dutch sea captain. From Amsterdam she is eventually sent to an island in the East Indies as a partner ...more
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Published May 12th 1981 by Fawcett (first published 1957)
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An unusual and interesting story of Julie Ashley a young woman who undertakes a "glove marriage" and sails to the island of Rua to be the wife of a man she has never met. The strength of the novel lies in the detail and historical period of when the Dutch East Indian Company was at it's peak.
This is more a novel of suspense and mystery than of romance, although there is a romantic element to the story. It is an engrossing well written novel and kept my interest throughout but I would have liked
I learned about the Dutch nutmeg trade in the Western Indies in the 17th century. Very interesting.
I tend to get this book mixed up with her other book about the spice islands. This one is a little too unbelievable for me.
One of my favorite by NL. Think tropical scenes and lost loves.
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Also published using the pseudonyms Juliet Astley and Peter Curtis

Norah Lofts, née Norah Robinson, (27 August 1904–10 September 1983) was a 20th century best-selling British author. She wrote over fifty books specialising in historical fiction, but she also wrote non-fiction and short stories. Many of her novels, including her Suffolk Trilogy, follow the history of a specific house and the residen
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