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A Catch of Consequence

(Makepeace Hedley #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  853 ratings  ·  121 reviews
A captivating historical novel from the national bestselling author, as Ariana Franklin, of Mistress of the Art of Death.

Makepeace Burke serves Patriots at her late father's tavern on the Boston waterfront in 1765 and hates the redcoats with a vengeance. But even she can't watch an angry mob drown an Englishman. She rescues him and nurses him back to health-and falls in lo
Paperback, 400 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated (first published 2002)
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It's 1765 and Boston is in an uproar at taxation without representation. Tavern owner Makepeace Burke "catches" an English lord drowning in the harbor and brings him to her home to care for his injuries. Sparks start flying between Makepeace and Sir Phillip Dapifer as she tries to find a way to get him back to the English without the locals finding out she's harboring the "enemy". I really enjoyed the tension between these two, along with their very dry but highly amusing banter.

The story is to
Jamie Collins
This was very good! I enjoyed the medieval mysteries Norman wrote as Ariana Franklin (Mistress of the Art of Death) so I thought I would try the historical novels she wrote under her own name.

This begins in Boston in 1765, the year of the infamous Stamp Tax, when the city is rioting and the Sons of Liberty are organizing under the fiery leadership of Samuel Adams.

Makepeace Burke is a respectable tavern owner, indignant about the tax but uneasy about the violence in the town. Her life is disrupt
Aug 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Historical Fiction
Makepeace Burke is a hard working Puritan tavern owner who makes her living on the Boston waterfront. It's 1765 and the Sons of Liberty are some of her regular patrons, she shares their political views and hatred for the English Redcoats.

She is catching lobsters one morning when she rescues a man drowning in the harbor, he turns out to be a wealthy Englishman. She keeps him hidden from her customers, nursing him back to health when she promptly falls in love with her patient. When the neighbors
It is a good historical fiction, without a doubt.

I have learnt more about Boston in 1765 (Sons of Liberty, protests against the Stamp Act and so on), about another side of British aristocracy (especially I was interested in Almack's in those times, it is a different view than in Regency romances) and about coal mining in the end of XVIII century in UK. But most of all, I have learnt about life of various people, their everyday life. From Prime Minister to a slave. In this book you have really va
Roman Clodia
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a novel which strikes out for itself in new directions. When so many historical novels are simply 'history' dressed up in doublets and hose, with characters taking up far less room than events, this is a genuine novel with a story of its own to tell that happens to be set in the C18th.

It is a novel of three parts, which don't necessarily always sit well together: but they do keep the pages turning. It's partly a romance but so much more than a romantic story, and certainly not in the hap
Jul 25, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am so disappointed in this book. The first three or four chapters were so good and then the book went downhill from there. well-written, but anti-climatic and very boring once it got to the coal mining part. I did not appreciate trying use the f word in as many places as possible either, considering the story is set in the late 1700's. Don't bother unless your a big history buff and don't mind profanity. It barely got two stars from me, and that's only because the first few chapters were so go ...more
Tamora Pierce
Jan 19, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent historical novel about a Boston tavern-keeper who rescues an English nobleman in Boston harbor the day after the famous tea party. Rejected by her pre-Liberty friends for the act, she must make her way among an English upper class that snubs her, dealing with her new husband's former--crazy--wife.

Diana Norman is the pen name of Ariana Franklin, author of CITY OF SHADOWS and MISTRESS OF THE ART OF DEATH, so you know the book has to be good!
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, Outlander fans, here's something quick and absolutely fun for you- as your favorite guilty pleasure is historical romance/fiction with a gutsy unstoppable female protagonist. Her name is Makepeace. The times, Colonial America and Britain 1760's-70's. Well researched: you get to learn about the audacious British political acts against their colonies, about social practices of the British upper crust, about coal mining, the dawn of the industrial age, and of course about the lack of legal re ...more
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This anti-heroine in Makepeace is so familiar to me. She's betrayed, cast out for death, and only the burning vengeance sustains her in years after. I don't understand the disconnect with her daughter, the only thing she was able to salvage from her short marriage. It is still a great tale and worthy of 5 stars.
Jul 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"A Catch of Consequence" is absolutely one of the best books I've ever read. With it's Dickensian plot and richly detailed characters and settings, even down to authentic dialects from various regions, this book is an absolute modern classic. I can't even imagine how much research the author had to do to write this masterpiece, as it is stuffed to the gills with obscure and (as far as i can tell from my limited fact-checking) accurate history.

However, it is not at all the sort of book i was exp
May 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm somewhat familiar with Colonial history, being a product of public education with a love of living history. But in this novel, Diana Norman (a.k.a. Ariana Franklin) presents a rich tapestry of daily life, both for Americans and residents of England. The depth of detail included in every page, from dress to dialect, made for a very real world to sink my teeth into.

The characters, as well, were each varied, three-dimensional, flawed, and fully realized. Makepeace Burke, the main character, is
Rosina Lippi
Jan 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Catch of Consequence is first-rate historical fiction, but that is no surprise as it is the work of Diana Norman.

The first line of the Booklist review hits the nail on the head, and so here it is: "Makepeace Burke hates waste, so it is only logical that she would fish a drowning man out of the ocean."

Norman has always been a master at complex characterization, but she's outdone herself with Makepeace. When the story opens she's a committed revolutionary who owns a tavern in Boston. Rescuing a
Kelsey Burnette
Feb 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I fell in love with Diane Norman's writing while reading her Mistress of the Art of Death series (written under the pen name, Ariana Franklin), and I couldn't wait to read more. A Catch of Consequence did not disappoint. Though set in 18th Century Boston and England, the characters were delightfully familiar. Norman has her own set of favored archetypes: The smart, working woman who challenges all societal norms. The charming man who loves her despite the societal taboos--simultaneously irritate ...more
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great story. It begins in 1765 and takes us very close to the American Revolution. We get a glimpse of Boston during colonial times and more details regarding the English attitudes toward the American colony. All this is revealed to us through the life events of a Puritan woman, Makepeace Burke, first in Boston and then in England.

The secondary characters are excellent. Not one seems superfluous or unnecessary. The author makes them all so real and imperative to the story. Their prese
Sep 10, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, fiction, romance
I think I have finally learned my lesson about other people's reviews of historical fiction / romance. This is one of three books that were recommended to me, and although the book had a promising start, it turned excrutiatingly painful very quickly. The book fizzles into rushed romance #1, pointless character death, overwrought and overlong revenge scheme and hackneyed romance #2. The history at the beginning was interesting, but the relationships between characters are poorly developed, and th ...more
Jul 31, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Shelia
First in an extremely enjoyable trilogy which takes the reader from Revolutionary War Boston to Fall of the Bastille Paris...

Makepeace is a feisty, untraditional heroine who runs a tavern in what is now Boston's North End and doesn't take nonsense from anyone, Redcoat or would-be revolutionary. When she fishes a member of the British nobility out of the harbor, she is worried about her own safety but cannot leave him to drown.
I just loved this book. I loved Makepiece Burke, her family and friends. I loved the lessons learned. I loved that the characters weren't perfect. I loved that the villains were truly bad and unlikable but that the heroes had to work at being good. The secondary characters were fully developed and lovable. A really good read.
Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A strong female character who suffers a violent change in friends and worlds after saving a British nobleman from drowning.

I highly enjoyed it and was really moved. She had so many set backs it was amazing to see her overcome them all.
I loved this until the middle, when I got so shocked I skipped to the end of the book to reassure myself.
Sarah Oksiuta
I liked this book. I would have liked it more, though, if it had been shortened a bit and didn't include so many words I don't know. I'm not dumb I just don't know what "escutcheoned" means.
May 11, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mori Richner
Boy, was this predictable and cheesy. I always like sagas, so the fact that it was a multi-year, multi-setting book was a plus....but boy-oh-boy, was it a smarmy plot.
Nov 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
This started out as a 4 star book, but I think I got dragged down by the third section, which everyone seems to agree is the least-strong part of the book.

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Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is a real pleasure to read great historical fiction and Diana Norman does not disappoint – believable characters, a good sense of place, historic facts mixed with fiction. You have it all!

“A Catch of Consequence” is the first book in a trilogy which follows the life of Makepeace Burke, an independent woman who truly knows how to take fate into her own hands… Even when she feels lost. In the beginning, Makepeace leads a peaceful life as a tavern owner in the American colony. But when she saves
Ink Drinker
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the story and protagonist in this novel and I will read more stories with Makepeace. I deducted stars because I struggled with the tempo and some historical accuracy. The fast nature of the romantic relationship in the first phase of the novel made me wonder if this would be a tawdry romance, but I think it was a general concern of pacing. Norman covers such a vast amount of life - with a well conceived plot and engaging characters - but sometimes I wanted more depth and a slower pace
I love, love, love, loved this book up until "the issue". Then it kinda fizzled out for me, but I was still interested. Then towards the end we made a change and I wasn't into it. Not sure how or why that happened but ok. Just not happy with it. The ending sequence at the "fleet" I get, again just not so sure I would of handled quite that simply.

At any rate - completely absorbed in this book for a good 3/4's and then fell flat for me. Shame!
Jennifer Covington
This book surprised me more than most. It seems off at first, one of those authors who don’t seem to be in touch with their story. Boy was I wrong. The best part was her character development. I absolutely loved how deep each character is. You loved some and you absolutely hated others. The story was good and true and real. Looking forward to book 2!
David Crites
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Intelligent, historically rich and intriguing storytelling

Engaging story that surprises the mind and satisfies the heart, while challenging & engrossing one's intellect. Precious little predictability, but alluringly honest with shamelessly realistic and authentic human thought, and emotion driven action
Dec 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like the author and loved her books under the name Arianna Franklin. I did not love this book but I enjoyed the break from terrorists and serial killers. Historical fiction is always a good read when I get overwhelmed in today’s world.
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
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British journalist Diana Norman also writes as Ariana Franklin.

Born Mary Diana Narracott, she grew up first in London and then in Devon, where her mother took her to escape the blitz. At the age of 15, she left school, but with journalism in her background (her father had be

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