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The Black Pearl (Morland Dynasty #5)

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1659 - Charles II; The Restoration

The bleak years of Cromwell's Protectorate are drawing to a close. Civil war and its aftermath have left Morland Place in bad case, but with the return of the king, Ralph, the master, believes he can rebuild its fortunes. For his beautiful and ambitious cousin Annunciata it means a journey to London where, embroiled in the amours and intri
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Jane Irish Nelson
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, romance
With Cromwell dead, there is hope for a restoration of the monarchy, and an upswing in the fortunes of the Morland family, who are both Royalists and Catholics. However, when Charles II returns, not all the news is good, since some of the property supporters lost cannot be returned. Young Kit Morland has always dreamt of marrying his cousin Annunciata, but she is an heiress, and he is landless. Annunciata instead is sent to London, to join the court and becomes a favorite with the royal family, ...more
Emma Griffiths
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cromwell is dead and the Morland family, Led by Ralph, Finds itself in reduced circumstances and eager to regain lost property now that King Charles has returned to his throne. Annunciata, Aged 15, Has higher aspirations than marriage to her cousin Kit, and she goes to London to take part in court life there. This was a brilliant book and I find that the as I am continuing through this series, I find the plot and characters more and more engaging and entertaining! Can't wait to read the next one ...more
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nach dem Tod von Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell geht ein Aufatmen durchs Land. Der puritanische Tyrann hat den Morlands nicht nur das Leben schwer gemacht, weil unter seiner Herrschaft der Katholizismus ebenso verpönt war wie alles, was Freude macht wie Musik, Gesang, Tanz und schöne Kleidung. Die Familie hat einige Ländereien eingebüßt und hofft, sie nun zurückzuerhalten, da sich bewahrheitet hat, was zunächst nur vage, hoffnungsvolle Vermutung war: England bekommt mit Charles II., dem Sohn des ...more
Ana T.
Oct 03, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
Cynthia Harrod-Eagles continues the story of the Morland family using English history has the background. This entry is volume number five and has the previous ones it has a female Morland as the main character. This time it is Annunciata Morland, Ruth's daughter.

Annunciata never met her father, in fact no one, except her mother, knows of her parentage. That, however, doesn't stop her from being a proud and arrogant young woman who loves to be the center of attention and to belittle her less fo
I read this one so quickly (plane trip, among other things) that I feel at a disadvantage now that I'm trying to post about it. Also, because I'm currently reading "The Long Shadow", which is making me feel *less* inclined to like Annunciata (more on that in my first Long Shadow post) which is sad given that I think I still liked her during The Black Pearl. She just feels a bit... remote, I guess. I'm not sure if it's unfair that in my mind I'm connecting her to various Stephanie Laurens protago ...more
Sara G
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This installment in the Morland Dynasty family series takes place during the Restoration and Charles II's reign. The main character in this one is Annunciata Morland, Ruth Morland's illegitimate daughter. (no spoilers here, but you can find out who her father is in the previous installment, The Oak Apple!) The Plague strikes during this book, and of course there is rampant death/destruction. This book reminds me of an old favorite, Forever Amber, which was also set in this timeframe. I really li ...more
Lindsey Sparks
Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-and-read
I liked that this book was a bit more focused than the previous one in the series. I became much more attached to the characters here, especially Annunciata. It made it easier to read as well - I didn't have to keep checking the family tree every couple of chapters. This story begins during the Cromwell years and continues into the restoration of Charles II and the return of the court. Near the end we briefly meet Samuel Pepys and this ends with news of the Great Fire.
Nov 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Black Pearl (The Morland Dynasty, #5) by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles Another good read about the Morlands. I am really enjoying this series about England's upper class through the centuries. Thanks to Komet for listing this series as favorites.
Lian Tanner
Mar 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
This is a wonderful series and I'm reading it through in order. So far I haven't come across a single dud, and this is number five in the story of the Morland dynasty. The characters are deeply human, fallible, annoying and interesting in turns. I didn't like Annunciata at first - she was so spoiled and vain and selfish - but she grows up as the story progresses and becomes much more likeable.
Virginia Van
Jan 17, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: england
Cromwell's Commonwealth has ended and the return of the King brings new success to the Morland family, especially to Annunciata who finds herself the toast of the court in London with all its amours and intrigues - including one which leads to the unlocking of her mysterious past.
Jan 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

It's been more than 18 months since I read the last Morland book and I have no idea why. I think this is my favourite so far, not only because of the focus on Charles II but also because of more appearances by Prince Rupert of Rhine.
The Morland family's fortunes rise again during the Restoration years. Originally conceived as a painless way to teach English history, the Morland Dynasty series does occasionally insert a few too many paragraphs of historical explanation, but if you don't mind that, I would recommend this series.
Feb 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the fifth book in the series. The series is still holding my interest and this one covers the Restoration. I enjoy the strong female characters as well as the interesting ways she brings the family into British history.
Edith Clayton
# 5 in the series. 6 & 7 are in the mail & I can't wait to read them.
Jun 25, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
Another solid entry in the "Moreland Dynasty" series, this one takes up as Cromwell's rule is ending and the King is brought back.
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Cynthia Harrod-Eagles (aka Emma Woodhouse, Elizabeth Bennett)

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles was born on 13 August 1948 in Shepherd's Bush, London, England, where was educated at Burlington School, a girls' charity school founded in 1699, and at the University of Edinburgh and University College London, where she studied English, history and philosophy.

She had a variety of jobs in the commercial world, star
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