Now Face To Face (Through a Glass Darkly #3)
The unforgettable sequel to Karleen Koen’s beloved debut, Through a Glass Darkly
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A bride at ﬁfteen, widowed at the tender age of twenty, Barbara, Countess Devane, embarks for colonial Virginia ﬁnancially ruined by the death of her husband in scandalous circumstances. Dressed in mourning as is proper for a woman, she is patronizingly de...more
Koen brings her "history" to a satisfying conclusion, with plenty of twists and turns along the way. The energy level was lower than Through a Glass Darkly, but the writing better. A few of the subplots were too neatly concluded.
Koen successfully relates how the Bible (as well as Shakespeare, John Donne, etc.) wove through the consciousness of the eighteenth century, even among people who were not believers. That's a rare achievement.
Several egregious errors about boats and bo...more
That being said I did enjoy reading it, despite the fact that it almost felt like two entirely separate novels crammed into one.
Through A Glass Darkly ends with Barbara on a boat headed to Virginia. That is right where Now Face to Face picks up.
Koen tried, rather unsuccessfully, to juggle the story of Barbara's time in Virginia along with a subplot in London for...more
After the death of her husband, Barbara is beside herself with grief. Her grandmother, the Duchess of Tamworth, offers her the chance to go to Colonial Virginia to check out her newly acquired tobacco plantation. W...more
It was so nice to have a big rich historical novel, written for women, which dwelled almost entirely on factors other than romance. Yes, there is a satisfying romance in this story, but it is only a very small part of it, and the matrix in which it is embedded is so interesting that even without the romance the story would still keep you turning the pages. I also loved tha...more
When I was a child, I spake as a child. I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face; now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
~ I Corinthians 13:11-13
I absolutely loved Through...more
I enjoyed "Through a Glass Darkly" and this sequel immensely and read it again as a mother and yet again it was moving and the story beautiful and I had trouble putting it down. I may consider reading it again and seeing what my review would be now with more life experience and discrepancy in reading. It is wort...more
This book was on its way to being put on my "Not Finished" shelf, but I persevered and the pace finally picked up and the story fell back into the method of her first book. When I finished the book, I had tears in my eyes, and felt the novel had redeemed its...more
NWTF continues the story of Barbara Devane begun in Through a Glass Darkly. Widowed and saddled with her husband's huge debts, Barbara's grandmother convinces her to inspect the Virginia plantation she now owns and she's soon sailing westward, although much to the chagrin of her mother Diana and Cousin Tony (who loves her and would marry her despite her crippling debts).
Our plucky heroine sets the plantation to rights, runs off the black hearted smugglers, frees the slave...more
This book was less love story than the first one, and more political. Still, very good, but amusing how it changed as the main character, Barbara, has grown. This one was almost too realistic with the way loved characters change or die. The first book really concentrated on Barbara's love & its fallout, while this one focused on all the other people in her life (to the point where for the last third of the book, she's hardly the main character).
A long book, but a quick read.
There’s just too much going on, and it’s all poorly strung together as we jump across the pond to England and back again to Virginia. This poorly constructed storyline is distract, confu...more
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