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Silver Nutmeg

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  95 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Silver Nutmeg is a big, booming novel of action and adventure in the Dutch East Indies of three centuries ago. Evert Haan, grown wealthy on black-market trading, sent to Holland for Annabet. When she arrived racked by rheumatic fever, he ordered her killed. But Annabet lived to recover her health and beauty and to find a dangerous love with an Englishman.
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published July 1st 2000 by Queens House (first published January 1st 1947)
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E Wilson

I was thrilled to find a Norah Lofts book I hadn't read.

The story takes place in Banda, an island in the Dutch East Indies.
Evert is a rather pompous and shrewd owner of a nutmeg plantation.
He arranges a "glove marriage" to bring Annabet from Holland to be his wife. When they were children Annabet's family was rich and powerful.
Evert's family was poor and had a bad reputation. Now their fortunes
are reversed so Annabet's mother accepts the mail order bride agreement.

Annabet has suffered a serio
A woman torn between two men. At one time I read every book I found by Lofts.
Teresa Edwards
Let me say that I love Norah Lofts, but I skipped ahead and skimmed the last few pages. I think it was the subject matter (colonial wars, nutmeg harvesting, shipping) that I couldn't get into. The story of Evert, Piet and Annabet was compelling though, so if you don't mind reading a good deal about all the other, I would recommend this. But I knew enough, by reading the last 10 pages or so, to know what had happened near the middle of the book and to be able to read to the end and know what was ...more
Lisa Hyatt
I love Norah Lofts but the end of this book made me feel like burning it, normally a sacrilege to me. What a waste of time and energy. Bleh.
Anna Marie
I stumbled upon this vintage book at a thrift store and only purchased it because I thought the cover was beautiful. However, I was so pleasantly surprised when I read it. You could tell the author may have not had the most worldly understanding of what life and society was like in the far east but the story itself was compelling and well written. It had a little but of mysticism, romance, war, death, all the good stuff. Good read.
ღ Carol jinx~☆~
I just found this book and am excited to read another of Norah's that I have never read.
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Also published using the pseudonyms Juliet Astley and Peter Curtis

Norah Lofts, née Norah Robinson, (27 August 1904–10 September 1983) was a 20th century best-selling British author. She wrote over fifty books specialising in historical fiction, but she also wrote non-fiction and short stories. Many of her novels, including her Suffolk Trilogy, follow the history of a specific house and the residen
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