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The Long Shadow (The Morland Dynasty #6)

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1670 - Charles II and James II

Morland Place has flourished under Ralph's stewardship, while Annunciata is a great lady of the Court. Splendid futures seem to be promised for her children; but the religious rift opened by Henry VIII has never been fully healed, and conflict resurfaces at the accession of the Catholic James II. Frightening times ensue, when it is impossible
Paperback, 367 pages
Published June 1st 1994 by Little, Brown Book Group (first published July 14th 1983)
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Elizabeth Martel
This is the 6th book in the Morland Dynasty, and my favourite since the first. The political intrigue was simple enough for me to understand, and it is now moving into a period I've never previously studied. Keeps an interesting balance between the lives and loves of the Morlands themselves, the social history of the period, and the historical and political events of the time.
Edith Clayton
Nov 14, 2009 Edith Clayton rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of British historical fiction
#6 in the Moreland Dynasty series. This one, like the last (and apparently the next), revolves around Annunciata, a beautiful & selfish bitch. I guess one of the things I like about this series is that the characters are realistically flawed, but still I wish there was not so much focus on such an unlikeable character! ...I'm still looking forward to the next in the series.

The blurb for The Long Shadow is rather misleading. It talks about the reign of James II as though that forms the bulk of the book, when it's probably less than the final hundred pages. Which in a way is nice, as life for all the Morlands and their connections is better under Charles II than under his brother's four-year reign.

I will say this book killed any liking I had left for Annunciata. Yet again there are few really likeable characters in this series: Hugo got on my nerves, and even Elizab

I love the history in the Morland Dynasty series . This book disappoints simply because of the way Annunciata is drawn. She's depicted as being extremely self centred ,masterful & ambitious even by the standards of that particularly difficult period .And a truly atrocious mother! Every time she thinks she's found true love & every time finds some ridiculous reason to fall out of love (in this book).How does one fall in love with a man you helped raise as a child? O
Frances Fuller
So glad there are 29 to go.
Terrible typos!!!!

how dare Amazon sell this book for over $10.00 it has typos on every page!!! !! I'm going to try the next in the series and if it's as bad I will stop buying them from you!
Lian Tanner
Not one of my favourites of this series - though in a way it's hard to separate out the individual books. This is the second book in which Annunciata plays a major role, and it's hard to sympathise with her when she treats her children so appallingly and appears to think only of her own pleasure. But at least she is interesting, and the series continues to intrigue me, and teach me a considerable amount about English history.
I enjoy this series, although like all series some books are stronger than other. This one, detailing Annunciata Moreland and her involvement in the courts of Charles II and James II is a weak entry, mostly due to the fact that Annunciata is petty, vain, and highly annoying. Also, the marriage and dating pool of the Morelands is insular, reaaaaaalllly insular.
If you don't like Annunciata you might struggle with this book, and there is a lot not to like about her!

Onto the next book in the series.
Entertaining. I am beginning to really like the interplay between family members. This is really a historical fiction soap opera.
Tired of reading about Annunciata. Looks like the next book isn't focused so much on her though, thank god.
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