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Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire
by Amanda Foreman
by Amanda Foreman
Jan 09, 12
Read in January, 2012
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and had trouble putting it down. While reading it, I felt transported into Georgiana's world. I often found myself thinking about the book throughout my day and enticipating when I could next pick it up. Amanda Foreman created a clear picture of the kind of woman Georgiana was and the time period during which she lived. I did not expect the heavy focus on the politics of the day, but I surprised myself by actually enjoying the political aspect. This book increased my fascination of the lives of upper-class society of late 17th-century England. Every detail Foreman included added to my understanding of Georgiana, those around her, and the time period; no information seemed unneccessary or redundant. There was so much information to take in that I feel I must go back and reread the book in order to get an even better grasp of the topic. At times, half of me wanted to slow down and really try to understand and think about a passage I had read, but the other half of me could not take a pause and needed to keep pressing on, to learn more. In the introduction, Foreman said she became so attached to Georgiana during her research that she would get angry if Georgiana was spoken ill of in another's letter that she read. Towards the end of the book, I found myself feeling the same way and understood exactly what Foreman meant. Something about Georgiana and her story has a way of speaking to the depths of your soul and leaves you feeling truly affected.
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