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Shadow of a Lady

3.52 of 5 stars 3.52  ·  rating details  ·  77 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars and the glitter of the court of Naples, this captivating novel unfolds the story of Helen Telfair, a young English woman in search of herself. Helen, intelligent, witty, rebellious, had sworn never to marry. But when she found herself with child after a brutal encounter with a stranger, she agreed to marry the wealthy and dissolu ...more
Mass Market Paperback, Fawcett Crest Book, 284 pages
Published November 12th 1981 by Fawcett (first published 1973)
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Apr 18, 2014 Bree (AnotherLookBook) rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Heyer Regency novels
A historical novel about a woman who is pressed into marrying a wealthy but potentially dangerous man, then finds herself trapped in Naples during the early Napoleonic wars. 1973.

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Ever seen those pictures where someone has photoshopped their cat into famous paintings? Yeah, well, that's sort of what this book is like: I get the feeling it's supposed to be about Lady Emma Hamilton and the early days of her love affair with naval captain (later Lord) Horatio Nelson.
Historical novel, set in the time of Nelson, with wars surrounding it. Helen Telfair is the fictional heroine, surrounded by a cast of characters from history, including the flamboyant Emma Hart.

Recommended for anyone who likes their historical fiction to be primarily history. The writing is very good, but I found the story a bit too full of ships and battles, and rather sordid (though no doubt realistic).

My tastes run towards more fiction and less history, so I found it a bit tedious.. althou
Sandy Hearn
A bit too much about the war and not enough of the story, like the ending though.
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Jane Aiken Hodge was born in the USA, brought up in the UK and read English at Oxford. She received a master's degree from Radcliffe College, Harvard University.

Before her books became her living she worked as a civil servant, journalist, publishers' reader and a reviewer.

She has written lives of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer as well as a book about women in the Regency period, PASSION AND PRINC
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