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Nelson's Daughter

2.47 of 5 stars 2.47  ·  rating details  ·  34 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Alongside his brilliant naval career, Lady Hamilton was Nelson's other great obsession, and this intimate portrait of their love affair illustrates how England's most celebrated admiral was captivated by this vivacious, strong-minded and passionate woman, who began life in poverty yet rose to marry an aristocrat and to consort with kings. But it is the complex relationship ...more
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Published February 14th 2005 by Not Avail (first published January 1st 2005)
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Another book I wouldn't have across without the Orange Prize nomination. Nelson's Daughter is a very believable portrayal of the scandalous affair between Lord Nelson and Emma Hamilton. This could have been an amazing book, but it completely fell short of its potential.

Some of my thoughts about why Nelson's Daughter disappointed me:
- Good, in fact a great premise, but weak execution
- Too many unnecessary details! At times I felt I was bombarded with facts.
- Flat, boring characters. With the exce
Perry Whitford
Thin, underwhelming story of the illegitimate daughter of Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton.
Raised in ignorance of her parentage yet living with both of them for much of her youth as their supposed "god-daughter", Horatia experiences some of the highs that characterized the scandalous couple before Nelson's death at Trafalger when she was just five, as well as the crushing lows of her mothers subsequent decline into obesity, alcoholism and poverty.

Hearn tells the stories of Horatia's and Emma's fina
Even setting aside the plethora of historical details (which any half-decent writer could have gleaned from a good library!), the scenes detailing the underlying "story" (girl lives with declining alcoholic godmother while wondering who her real mother was) are too thin and repetitive to warrant 250 pages. A great disappointment.
I found this book boring. I thought the historical facts interesting, about the lives of Nelson, his lover Emma Hamilton, and their daughter Horatia. Although she found out after his death, that Nelson was her father, she never knew that Lady Emma Hamilton was her mother.
This book was ok; I just felt it couldn't make up its mind whetjer it was a novel or a history book. Horatia believes Nelson and Emma Hamilton are her godparents and that's about it really.
Hmm, it's a bit slow going so I threw it over for a more pacy read. Think that I might return to it. Feb 12 - didn't get much further with it and took it back to the library.
Kathleen McRae
a quick read and a bit hard to follow at times with its timeline a sad story
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