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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  186 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Lady Cecily Fitzhenry was ruined in the South Sea Bubble. Her husband, whom she was forced to marry by her archenemy Sir Robert Walpole as punishment for her support of a Stuart rebel, has speculated with her dowry. The only property left to her is a crumbling public house on the Great North Road. Cecily makes it into one of the great coaching inns, spies for the 'Old Pret ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published 1999 (first published 1998)
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Jun 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wow. A wild rollercoaster of a book! I've read all of Diana Norman's books under the name Ariana Franklin but this was very different. Very intense with almost nonstop action.
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was so good! I loved the strong figure of Lady Cecily and admired the way she fought to stay independent. Her romance with Cameron was well written; it didn't feel mushy or take over the foundational aspects of the plot laid in the beginning (Jacobite rebellion, tension between elites and lower classes); that storyline reminded me a bit of Gone With the Wind. I learned a ton and was happily surprised by the inclusion of black people and their lives/trials, whether slave or free. Found this ...more
Jun 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Classic Diana Norman: feisty heroine, romance, adventure - what's not to like?
Dec 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historic-fiction
Really enjoyable and feels more historically accurate than most books. An interesting perspective on Bonny Prince Charlie and the long term fallout from the rebellion of 1715 - from the English side. Includes insights into the importance of love versus laws and society, How the south sea bubble stock market crash affected people, what it was like to be a highwayman (6 month lifetime career expectancy), the rise of money over blood in high society, why the Hanoverian kings were able to stay in po ...more
Sep 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recs
This is really a blanket rec for everything Diana Norman has ever written. Her books are entertaining, so well researched, led by amazing female protagonists, and I love all of them, but Blood Royal was the first one I ever read and might still be my favorite (closely followed by Shores of Darkness).

Forced into a distasteful marriage and then ruined by her husband's speculation in the South Sea Bubble, Lady Cecily Fitzhenry vows revenge on everyone who has wronged her. Nothing if not spirited,
Feb 22, 2014 rated it liked it
I have had this book sat on my bookshelf for years, and for some reason it's never grabbed me - not sure if it was the cover picture or the summary on the back cover that put me off!

However, I found it an enjoyable read, (Although I didn't like any of the male characters in the book!)
In the first half of the book the background story is strung out for too many pages, however the main action finale is whizzed through too quickly at the end. Parts of the story seemed unfinished and some of the cha
MB (What she read)
I really enjoyed this book. I think I am almost liking the books she wrote as Diana Norman better than the series she authored as Ariana Franklin. (Although they require a little more patience and effort than the typical mass-market reader may want to put in.)

But seriously, this was a super book if you like historical fiction. And there was a very satisfying romance tucked in, if you like that. (I do.)

Highly recommended by me!

Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book I've enjoyed by this author and I'm hooked (the first being The Vizard Mask). I love how rich the characters are, especially the plucky, sometimes infuriating Cecily Fitzhenry. If you liked Gone with the Wind, the romantic aspect of this book is comparable. I like my historical fiction with a lot of history and a side of romance. This book blends them perfectly.
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Love Diana Normans writing, although the main character of this book I didn't find to be particularly likeable. lady Cecily Fitzhenry eventually made good (sort of, depending on who's telling of history you subscribe to) but it was quit the slog.
Still love how the author tells a story and will look forward to any remaining books of hers to be found.
Kristen McDermott
I'm so happy to have the chance to catch up with the great Diana Norman's earlier novels, even if I must content myself with e-books that are carelessly scanned and proofread. The occasional typo can't detract from the warmth and brilliance of Norman's prose, her humor, and her memorable heroines.
Janice Russell
Sep 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
An aristocratic woman falls upon hard times when she becomes involved in a plot to help a childhood friend. I liked this, but not as well as some others by the author.
Jan 06, 2009 rated it it was ok
I usually love this author but I couldn't get past the first few pages with the confusing language and flow of the book.
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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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