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The artist's name was long since forgotten, but the brooding, enigmatic face in the portrait would forever haunt those who chanced to look upon him.

Young Mary Rohan was not exception to the influence of THE MAN IN GREY. Bride of the last descendant of the House of Rohan, Mary was alone in the ghost-ridden manor when she came upon the portrait in a hidden room.

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Published 1979 by Ace (first published 1941)
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This is a pretty old book. Written in 1940 and originally titled The Man in Grey , it was rereleased later as A Dark and Splendid Passion. To my surprise, it’s kind of a sordid tale, which I rather admired considering the time period. But of course like most old books, it’s got fade away sex scenes and blatant racism that made me gnash my teeth. There was a movie made from it called The Man in Grey staring one of my favorite actors, James Mason.

I think it’s a good story, and I admired the dark
Mary Rohan, the bride of the most recent Lord Rohan, comes to her husband's ancestral home to live while he's away fighting in WWII. While there, she comes upon the papers and diaries of some of his ancestors that tell a story of infidelity and intrigue. Mary falls completely under the spell of history, and spends six weeks retelling the story of Clarissa, Lady Rohan, who lived during the Regency period. Clarissa's tale tends to absorb the reader, as any good historical fiction should; however, ...more
Renee Kujawski
GREAT book. accidentally got rid of it in one of my many moves, probably because it fell apart. Just ordered another copy
Taking place in the Regency era..this melodramatic novel worth reading.
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