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Now Face to Face (Through a Glass Darkly #3)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  2,862 Ratings  ·  207 Reviews
The beloved heroine from Koen's bestselling Through a Glass Darkly returns in a passionate, unforgettable, romantic tapestry. A widow at age 20, emotionally devastated and financially ruined by the death of her husband in scandalous circumstances, Barbara Devane leaves colonial Virginia for London to confront her enemies and to pursue a deeply satisfying yet dangerous clan ...more
Paperback, 703 pages
Published June 1st 1997 by Kensington (first published January 1st 1995)
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Amy Bruno
Dec 10, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For me, with movies, the sequels are never better than the original. In my opinion, the same can be said for Now Face to Face, which is the sequel for Through a Glass Darkly. Not to say that I did not enjoy it and am not happy that I read it, but it wasn’t quite up there with the TAGD.

After the death of her husband, Barbara is beside herself with grief. Her grandmother, the Duchess of Tamworth, offers her the chance to go to Colonial Virginia to check out her newly acquired tobacco plantation. W
Apr 03, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book reminded me of how much I truly enjoy historical fiction. The story began in sparse and spare colonial Virginia but was interspersed with scenes of delicious London court intrigues. The heroine, Barbara was a believable and lovable character despite (or perhaps because of) her human foibles. This book would have fallen in my "unbelievable reads" category if the last few hundred pages didn't peter off. I understand the novel was based on James II's attempts to wrest the throne from King ...more

NWTF continues the story of Barbara Devane begun in Through a Glass Darkly. Widowed and saddled with her husband's huge debts, Barbara's grandmother convinces her to inspect the Virginia plantation she now owns and she's soon sailing westward, although much to the chagrin of her mother Diana and Cousin Tony (who loves her and would marry her despite her crippling debts).

Our plucky heroine sets the plantation to rights, runs off the black hearted smugglers, frees the slave
Dec 02, 2015 rated it liked it
The dead are not dead, they sang. They are not under the earth. They are in the rustling trees. They are in the groaning wood. They are in the moaning rocks. The dead are not dead.

Now face to face, Karleen Koen's sequel to her best-selling historical fiction novel Through a Glass darkly is many things. One is a wistful hymn to the beloved dead. The author wrote the book as her sister was slowly dying of cancer and the despair and love and painful efforts to make sense of it, to reconcile oneself
Aug 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Now Face to Face is the first novel I've finished in which I was/am truly saddened to have to say goodbye to the characters and story.

That being said I did enjoy reading it, despite the fact that it almost felt like two entirely separate novels crammed into one.

Through A Glass Darkly ends with Barbara on a boat headed to Virginia. That is right where Now Face to Face picks up.

Koen tried, rather unsuccessfully, to juggle the story of Barbara's time in Virginia along with a subplot in London for
Feb 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Fiction Fans, Karleen Koen Fans
Shelves: reallyenjoyable
This was a really great book, but I was disappointed in the ending. I loved "Through a Glass Darkly" and reread it before starting on this one. While I did enjoy this book, I felt like the first 500 pages were spent getting the reader invested in all of the characters, their stories, and what the future held for them. The rest of the book seemed like a rushed attempt to wrap up these stories & some were still left wide open. There were events that you wanted to read about that were described ...more
Lori McD
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Sep 29, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: incomplete
Through a glass darkly was pretty good up until a bit past Barbara finding out what her husband was up to; then the thing just went to the dogs. That book had way too much pointless graphic sex. It was a dirty and trashy read, which I just finished several days ago. I'll admit I skipped a few pages here and there. I had Now face to face waiting by my bedside and couldn't wait to get at it, that was of course before I read the first book, after having struggled through that one, I wasn't too keen ...more
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
A solid four stars.

Koen brings her "history" to a satisfying conclusion, with plenty of twists and turns along the way. The energy level was lower than Through a Glass Darkly, but the writing better. A few of the subplots were too neatly concluded.

Koen successfully relates how the Bible (as well as Shakespeare, John Donne, etc.) wove through the consciousness of the eighteenth century, even among people who were not believers. That's a rare achievement.

Several egregious errors about boats and bo
Gilda Felt
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I very much enjoyed my return to the adventures of Barbara, Countess Devane and those of her friends and family, though much of this book is focused on the Jacobite plots against George I, and how many of them are affected by, or affect, the workings against the crown. Having just watched The History of Scotland, I was aware of how it all played out, and of the attributes, both good and bad, of James Stuart and George Hanover.

But there is much in the book that deals with the personal: weddings a
Aug 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: yummy-history
My first worry upon starting this book was that the Duchess of Tamworth might no longer be with us......she is! Alive and kicking and more astute and ornery than ever.

In this book, new characters are introduced and old characters take on more dominant roles. We start out with Barbara's New World adventures, which could be subtitled 'Lady Devane Grows Up'. Barbara is at last pitched forcefully from the cocoon of her sheltering life and her focus on her own needs and desires. She becomes a sociall
From the jacket: "A child bride at fifteen, widow at twenty, Barbara Montgeoffry, Countess Devane, arrives in colonial Virginia in 1721. Emotionally devastated and financially ruined by her husband's death, she must find the strength and skill to turn a family tobacco plantation into a prosperous enterprise. But soon, as King George and James Stuart vie for the English crown, Barbara will return to London, entering a world of treacherous intrigue to confront her enemies, reclaim what is rightful ...more
Lori Anderson
"Now Face to Face" is the sequel to Karleen Koen's book "Through a Glass Darkly". I dearly love historical fiction, and as I devoured "Through a Glass Darkly and gave it a resounding Five Stars, I really looked forward to the sequel.

Eh. Well.

This book was on its way to being put on my "Not Finished" shelf, but I persevered and the pace finally picked up and the story fell back into the method of her first book. When I finished the book, I had tears in my eyes, and felt the novel had redeemed its
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction-colonial

“Nothing changes, everything changes” – several characters repeat this mantra throughout the story, and it certainly sums up the plot as the wheels of change grind along slowly. Nothing appears to change on the surface, but meanwhile, huge upheaval is on its way as the 18th century gets going.

Lady Barbara spends some time in the Virginia colony, and quickly becomes the only person to realize slavery is bad because she is just. that. special. However, Barbara’s Mary-Sue like tendencies are watere
Linda Wulf
Jun 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
I liked it, couldn't stop reading it, but was exhausted by the end--not because of the writing, by any means, but because of all the intrigue, the plotting, the backstabbing. I really needed a break by the time I finished this and the one before it, Through a Glass Darkly. Yes, I know, life at Court was grueling. It was what it was. I could never have survived it. Thank goodness Barbara ends up with the man she wanted to be with; I was very afraid he would die, as so many other beloved character ...more
Jan 22, 2010 rated it it was ok
Man this book draaaagged! When you find yourself skipping lines, then whole paragraphs, and flipping to the next page, then it’s probably time to throw in the towel. But no, I insisted on finding out how it ended, and in so doing read 700 pages, of which only about 200 was relevant information. Was it really necessary to include the thoughts of every…single…person, minor character or not? Does she really have that little faith where she can’t rely on her readers to make inferences and read betwe ...more
Anna Anderson
Apr 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I loved Through a Glass Darkly, which is the first book and I loved this book as well, but not quite as much as Through a Glass Darkly. I need a third book, so I can catch up on what everyone is now doing...I don't like for books to just end, unless there is another one coming along to tie up any loose ends. There is also Dark Angels, but that is about Barbaras grandmother and was written later. They are all three great examples of historical fiction that is juicy, but also loaded with factual i ...more
Jun 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
I somewhat enjoyed the other two books in this series, so I started this one as a fun summer read. I can't even come close to finishing it. When you read "He was a sensual man whom pleasure did not frighten. Pleasure did not frighten her, either. They saw that in each other. It was like a promise between them" and you still have over 500 pages to go, you know it's time to call it quits.
Jul 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Completely agree that I miss these characters now that I've finished the book; but I'll get more sleep and feel less in need of coffee STAT when I get to work. Vividly drawn and well-constructed prose. Read this several years ago and yet every twist of the story was tense and enjoyable again.
This novel was the story of Barbara, Lady Devane, during the Jacobite plotting in the early 1700s. Barbara was an intelligent, quick-spirited heroine and it was easy to get caught up in the emotions of this story-especially the side-stories of her best friend Jane and her slave Hyacinthe. This story earned 4 stars from me because of the tears it elicited. After 700+ pages it was hard not to get attached to Barbara and her circle. However, I felt this novel tried to do too much. Jacobites, Virgin ...more
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Unfortunately couldn't finish ~ and I hate having to admit that. I loved the preceding novel, Through a Glass Darkly, loved it so much that I kept moving forward with this one in the hopes of connecting in that same manner, but it was just far too political for my tastes, and made me feel differently (less interested) in the main characters. A bit too much about England's monarchy and I found it distracting because I had to struggle to follow along with all of that. Some may enjoy it though. Jus ...more
Nicolette Horsthuis
So. Boring. I liked the first book, Through a Glass Darkly, well enough. Although the end was a bit of a slog. But this book... it was a little too much of everything: too much Emo Barbara, too much Barbara the magnificent, way too much time devoted to politics, too much being sad and reminiscing from everyone. I just wanted to read the storyline but the author gets bogged down by reflection. Her characters think way too much. At any rate, skimming through much of the book a decent storyline eme ...more
Katrina Balle
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was great! It also repeated some things that might have been forgotten as it's a long book just like the first book. The end left me wondering what happened further! Maybe left open ended for a 3rd? I also recommend reading the prequel, Dark Angels.
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
enjoyed this second book about Barbara devane..lots of history during turbulent times in the british monarchy. an excellent historical novel
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: booksiveread
Great book - enjoyed the tale and learned more about history as well!

Second of two - eventually the prequel!

I highly recommend - it'll grab you.
Jenny Q
Mar 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with Through A Glass Darkly, this novel takes its title and its themes from this verse:

When I was a child, I spake as a child. I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face; now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
~ I Corinthians 13:11-13

I absolutely loved Through
Jean Marie
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First, I'd give this one 3 1/2 stars if I could because I did not like the ending...not what happened at the ending, but how it was constructed and what characters were actually in the ending. I do think protagonists should be in the ending and I would have appreciated some further explanation of some plot resolutions. With that being said, I did enjoy this book which tells what happens to Barbara Devane and other characters after "Through A Glass Darkly." The reader is introduced to some additi ...more
Heather Williams
Feb 10, 2015 rated it liked it
What a wonderful surprise this book was. I purchased it when it was on sale with the other two in the series (which I've already read). And I put off reading this one for a long time. In fact, I started reading it a year ago and put it down after chapter 1, not picking it up again until 2 weeks ago. Now I'm glad I did.

This is the final Tamworth story - and the conclusion of Barbara (sort of).

A lot of this book felt like I was reading 2 books in one. One story in Virginia and one in England. An
Jenny Brown
Jun 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I picked this up hoping it would be half as good as Through A Glass Darkly, only to end up thinking it might even be better.

It was so nice to have a big rich historical novel, written for women, which dwelled almost entirely on factors other than romance. Yes, there is a satisfying romance in this story, but it is only a very small part of it, and the matrix in which it is embedded is so interesting that even without the romance the story would still keep you turning the pages. I also loved tha
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