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Miss Jacobson's Journey (Rothschild Trilogy #1)

3.53  ·  Rating Details  ·  155 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
'Improper and impious!' her family cried, but in a most unladylike fashion, Miriam Jacobson defied her parents. Finding the thought of marriage stupefying, she rejected the eminently suitable bridegroom they had selected. Instead, she chose adventure, traveling the Continent and assisting her physician's uncle in his labors.Following the good doctor's death and the outbrea ...more
Hardcover, Thorndike Gentle Romance, Large Print, 345 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Thorndike Press (first published 1992)
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Another fabulous trad. Regency, this time also featuring a large dollop of history alongside the romance.

We first meet the eponymous Miss Jacobson (Miriam) at the age of eighteen on the day she is to meet the young man her parents – and the matchmaker – have chosen for her to marry, but on glimpsing the rather gawky youth selected, she immediately rejects him rather cruelly. Instead, she announces her decision to accompany her uncle – a doctor – on his upcoming travels to Europe.

This is in 1802,
Feb 13, 2013 Grace rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: older readers of historical romance who wish for more accuracy in historical fiction
I have to say that it is a pity this book isn't more widely read because as a traditional Regency, it is a stunning piece of work. As with all of Carola Dunn's work, the setting is not conventional (may take place outside London and the Season), and this one simply stunned me because the subject matter is one that would have required a lot of research and a lot of heart. You really don't see a piece of traditional Regency like this anymore -- however, most people just want to read non-traditiona ...more
In 1802 London, Miriam Jacobson's parents have decided it's high time she is married. Against her wishes, they call in the matchmaker, according to Jewish tradition, who chooses Isaac Cohen, the scholarly son of a moneylender, to be Miriam's husband. Miriam takes one look at the scrawny, weak-eyed young man and flees. For the next nine years she travels around Europe with her uncle, a doctor, helping him treat patients and organize his notes. Now her uncle is dead and it's time to return to Engl ...more
Dec 28, 2015 Alicia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

On the one hand, hooray for Regency romances with Jewish characters! On the other, nothing much happens in this one, even though a plot summary makes it sound exciting: a young British Jewish woman meets her intended, takes one look, says NOPE, and decides to accompany her uncle to Europe to assist him with his medical research. Now it's like nine years later and her uncle has died, buttttt she can't just go home b/c there's a war with Napoleon! Somehow th
Maria Thermann
Nov 26, 2014 Maria Thermann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story begins in 1802, when wilful and rather spoiled 18-year-old Miriam Jacobson scandalises her family by turning down the bridegroom chosen for her by her parents and a hired matchmaker. Instead of becoming a dutiful Jewish wife and mother, Miriam joins her beloved elderly uncle, who is a doctor and a scholar, on his world-wide journeys. She never looks back and never spares a single thought towards the young man she turned down so thoughtlessly, and frankly, rather cruelly without even bo ...more
Anoush Emrazian
Miriam rejects an arranged marriage and a dull life in England in favor of adventure and traveling through Europe with her doctor uncle. Nine years later her uncle has just passed away and she is stuck in France while her home country is at war.

Desperate to get home, she and her lady's maid agree to assist in some espionage in exchange for beings muggled back to England. While transporting funds for Wellington's army, Miriam gets to know two very different, but both very attractive gentlemen and
A delightful and most unusual Regency : neither balls nor riding around Hyde Park here, just a most enchanting road trip in Napoleonic France.

Some secondary characters sometimes seem a bit excessive but the main characters are perfectly written. I adored the three of them ! The heroin is one of my new favourites, spunky, clever and believable... and the fact she's reading A Vindication of the rights of Women in the second volume of this series only enhances my adoration for her.
Both Isaac, the
Jun 17, 2015 Sheila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carola Dunn is definitely one of go-to authors. Her books are always well written. She wrote many Regencies before the very popular Daisy Dalrymple series, and this is one of them. Ms Dunn chooses to go way out of the Regency box, in that the heroine and some of the main characters are Jewish. Miriam has been recruited by the Rothschilds to assist an English lord and a Jewish bureaucrat to get a gold shipment to Lord Wellington. Many scrapes, adventures and misunderstandings ensue. All three, th ...more
Oct 28, 2014 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency-fiction, 2014
I'm very tempted to give this book 4 stars rather than 3. This is the only regency fiction book that I have read that has Jewish characters at all. Both the hero and heroine are Jewish. The book includes bits of history about the ways Jewish people were treated in Europe around the Napoleonic war as well as some history of Jewish people in England. It was very interesting.

The plot centers around an effort to bring gold to Wellington in Spain. The main characters are traveling through France dis
Amanda Caswell
Mariam Jacobson rejects the wealthy Jewish scholar the matchmaker has found for her and instead journeys across the continent with her uncle as his medical assistant. Nine years later her uncle is dead and she and her servant are trying to get home from France during war with England. A banker offers her a ride home if she will first help his emissaries deliver gold to Wellington in Spain. Longing for adventure, she complies, though both men seem to hold her contempt, one for being a Jew, the ot ...more
Stevie Carroll
Jul 20, 2013 Stevie Carroll rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A smashing adventure story about Jewish society in the era of the Napoleonic Wars. Miriam's parents want her to marry according to their religion, in spite of not being particularly observant themselves (even having her educated at a gentile school). She rebels and nine years later finds herself stranded in France with only her elderly maid for company and not much money towards her fare home, even if their wasn't a war on. Then she is approached by the Rothchilds, who need gold transported to W ...more
Rachel Keane
Aug 16, 2014 Rachel Keane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this book because of the major use of old-fashioned language. I find it very refreshing to read a book that teaches you about history aswell as telling an enjoyable story. I told my older sister about this book and she didn't like the idea of a book set in the olden days so I'd say that although this book isn't for everyone it's a nice story to read if you are interested in reading a different type of plot line to the ones that, nowadays, are all about highschool. I would defin ...more
A different take on a Regency romance, which I thought was interesting, but not executed as well as I would have liked. Miriam is Jewish and trapped in France with her maid after her uncle passes away and ends up on an adventure of sorts while trying to get back to England. So, not your standard fare, but not well-done enough to entice me to read more of Dunn's regency's (ies?).
Mar 30, 2015 Meg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars, maybe 4. English Jew Miriam Jacobson spurns the matchmaker's match and becomes an assistant to her traveling physician uncle. He dies and leaves her stranded in France on the eve of war, she accepts an offer to get back home - after helping 2 gentleman smuggle a load of gold to Wellington in Spain. An interesting twist on a Regency romance.
Jun 27, 2011 Nicole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historic-novel
Mirian Jacobson traveled with her uncle rather than marry. This pleasant, useful existence ends when her uncle dies and she wishes to return to England with his research papers but must seek a secret passage out of a France under Napoleon's rule. She is drafted by the Rothschild's brothers into smuggling gold across France to Spain and Duke Wellington. She travels with a french speaking, fellow jew, whose family was ruined by profligate aristocrats who refused to honor their debts and a an Engli ...more
Jane Mercer
This is the first in a trilogy I read them in the wrong order as I didn't buy them in order.
Miss Jacobson has a marriage arranged for her, she rejects her suitor out of hand and goes adventuring withe her uncle, her uncle dies and she takes on a mission for the Rothschilds and meets once again her rejected suitor and a British nobleman.
I don't know why this didn't appeal to me as much as the other two did Miriam annoyed me a little, Isaac was a straight honest character and Lord Roworth annoying
Helene Harrison
Review - I loved the dynamic between the three main characters, and how it was constantly changing. I loved Felix in particular and I look forward to reading his story in the next novel. I felt that his prejudices formed an important part of the story. You don't read much about the Jews in Regency era romances, but I think that this series copes with a controversial topic well. It is definitely worth a read and keep an open mind, because it's never what you expect.

Genre? - Adventure / Historical
Jul 22, 2013 Brigitte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this one on amazon and as I love regency novels (from Georgette Heyer to Julia Quinn) I thought this one shousl be a pleasant read;
I wasn't disappointed; Miss Jacobson is a true feminist and her story was great: her love for both men, for adventures, her spirit and inteligence made for a great plot. I couldn't put it down and went to the other two novels with gusto!
Annie Burrows
Jun 10, 2013 Annie Burrows rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Picked this up cheaply from a book club offer - coz I'm a big reader of regency romances. Discovered it was quite unusual. This is what would be described as a "sweet" regency, but the amount of history the author packs in, without it slowing the story down, is just amazing.
Yorky Caz
Feb 11, 2013 Yorky Caz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Strange reading, a good story but so onviously jumping on m.c.beatons bandwagon using same illustrator for the cover and the storyline so similar to one of hers? Anyway a good story with a likeable main character. Would read more in the series.
☆ Ruth ☆
Nov 15, 2013 ☆ Ruth ☆ rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-finished
Not for me, I was still bored by the end of chapter 5, so decided not to bother with the rest. There are too many good books to waste time with those I don't care for.
Dec 16, 2015 Lexi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Absolutely loved this book and could not put it down. Looking forward to the next in the series.
Oct 15, 2013 Cathi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very different as I've never read a regency involving Jews before. A very good and quick read.
Dec 12, 2012 Arifa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think most people will probably not give this book a chance....but I actually liked.
Jun 11, 2013 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A quick and easy read with a predictable storyline.
Apr 14, 2013 M-n rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Flew throught this Regency Thriller romance worth reading..
Jobiska (Cindy)
Jul 26, 2011 Jobiska (Cindy) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency
Unusual in that it has a Jewish protagonist.
nice and light and easy to read :)
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Carola Dunn is the author of more than 30 Regency romances, as well as 16 mysteries (the Daisy Dalrymple mystery series is set in England in the 1920s). Ms. Dunn was born and grew up in England, where she got a B.A. in Russian and French from Manchester University. She travelled as far as Fiji before returning to settle in California. After 30 years in the US, she says she still sounds as if she a ...more
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