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Alethea (Heron #3)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  76 ratings  ·  7 reviews
This book takes place post-civil war, during the reign of King Charles II, after regaining the throne. The main characters are still part of the Heron family, and though this book is more a romance, there are many actual events portrayed within.

The London fire of 1666 is frightfully detailed, giving the readers the sights, sounds, and horrors of that catastrophic event. A
Paperback, 576 pages
Published November 1st 1985 by Berkley Trade
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Alethea is the oldest daughter of Thomazine Heron, whose story was told in The Moon in the Water and The Chains of Fate. Her talent for drawing is evident even at the age of eleven and her parents send her to stay with cousins in London where she can train with the famous artist Mary Beale. Once grown Alethea's only desire is to paint and has no wish to marry and lose her independence - but there are three men determined to have her. Her beauty, wit and charm captures the fancy of John Wilmot, E ...more
May 24, 2011 Laura rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Laura by: Misfit, CLM
And the Heron's saga continues, telling now about Alethea, daughter of Francis and Thomazine Heron.

Alethea is a woman ahead of her time since her love for painting as above all her 3 admirers: Kit Drakelon, his half-brother, Jasper Sewell, a quiet country doctor and the infamous John of Wilmot, Earl of Rochester.

Her first tutor in the art of painting was Mary Beale who immediately recognized Alethea's gift to draw very quickly any portrait of mainly her family in the beginning oh her career. A
Feb 06, 2012 Echo rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of historical fiction
Sometimes I like a book much more after a few years and a second read. This would be one of those books. Since the previous two books centered mainly around Thomazine and Francis Heron, I think part of my problem was picking it up and thinking, "Yes! Time for more Francis!" and then feeling somewhat disappointed to find the book was about their daughter and they weren't in it much at all. (Which was silly of me, really, because the TITLE of the book is Alethea so it only makes sense that Alethea ...more
Didn't quite connect with this book as much as the first two but still a good read
Third in the Moon in the Water series -- though this one centers on Francis and Thomazine's willful artist daughter. Alethea moves to London to pursue her art and becmes the lover of John Wilmot, the Earl of Rochester. (Yes, THAT Rochester.) Pamela Belle is fantastic at world building -- this is another of those books I can crawl into and live there. I did a paper on Aphra Behn in high school because of this book!
One of a series of historic fiction that takes place in 17th century England. Out of print and tough to find, but worth the read if you can stumble across it in a used book store. Belle's writing style reflects her penchant for history and romance.
The third in the Herron family series. London fire. More romance than history. There is one more book in this series. Don't have it yet, but hope the author goes back to more of a history slant...
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Belle, who also writes contemporary fiction as Alice Marlow, always wanted to be an author. As a child the books she read were adventure stories like "Treasure Island," "Swallows and Amazons," and the novels of John Buchan and CS Forester. She wrote her first book at the age of twelve and having visited the site of a lovely Elizabethan manor house called Rushbrooke and observing the bare, moated i ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Heron (4 books)
  • The Moon in The Water (Heron, #1)
  • The Chains of Fate (Heron, #2)
  • The Lodestar (Heron, #4)
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