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The Portrait

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  13 reviews
A ship's captain. A crime. A secret. What would you do to claim the position in society that has been stolen from you?

The ancient Claverton earldom is no more, because Lady Catherine Claverton was born a girl. Banished to the countryside as a child and forgotten, she lives her life alone and angry. However, upon her father's death, she learns that she is the heir to her
Paperback, 340 pages
Published December 31st 2018 by Apollo Grannus Books
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Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to review ‘The Portrait’. This was such a beautifully written story, capturing the intense emotions of each of the characters against the dramatic backdrop of Wales and the English countryside. I was captivated from the start of the story to the very end and even myself sneaking in a few extra pages, as I found myself thinking about what would happen next.
The book begins with Lady Catherine Claverton awaiting the death of her father who has tormented
Lisa Higgins Author of the shipping Heiress
5 Stars

Superb and excellent! Wow, what an amazing story and gorgeous writing! Great plot with amazing and complex characters, making them very believable. I fell in love with her story and characters! I love a strong heroine and Cassandra, you blew it out of the park with Catherine! I adored everything about this beautifully crafted story! Personally, I'd read anything this author writes!!!
Wytzia Raspe
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I spent an enjoyable day reading this novel in which a handicapped English lady and a navy captain befriend each other. Both have some serious secrets from their past they try to hide and had a horrible childhood. And they have to cope with a lot of mystery trying to destroy their lives.

Although the writer wants to be a Jane Austen that she is not. Captain Avebury is depicted as a honourable, loving and gregarious man but I sometimes do not understand what drives Catherine. Maybe the writer want
The Book Junkie Reads . . .
A historical fiction, romance, suspense, with thrills. This was more and less than what I was expecting. I enjoyed very turn of the page. A heroine with a disability. A lineage to a woman through a woman. The need to marry. So much to take in.

I was held from the beginning to the end. I do love romance. I do love a bit of suspense, mystery and even a bit of a thrill. The scenery of the Wales and England was an even bigger plus, but of course its a historical romance.

Lady Catherine was more than
Cathy Geha
Jul 04, 2019 rated it liked it
The Portrait by Cassandra Austen

One woman, two men who love her, secrets and potential scandal are the basis of this book. In a time when titles were passed down to the males a daughter would not do and a daughter with a limp...well...that daughter was exiled by her father. I enjoyed this somewhat predictable book but really did not warm to any of the characters.

Thank you to NetGalley and Apollo Grannus Books for the ARC – This is my honest review.

3 Stars
Teri Case
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For years, I read historical romances, and then, after a breakup, I stopped reading romances all together for a while. But the cover of The Portrait caught my attention. The Portrait's characters and the author's writing really drew me back to this genre. I had forgotten what a wonderful escape this genre could be, and I'm grateful for Cassandra Austen. I hope she publishes more soon.
Asha - A Cat, A Book, And A Cup Of Tea
A very poorly plotted romance that was far longer than it needed to be. While I am aware that this genre of books often relies on characters withholding information from other characters, it is simply lazy writing to withhold information from the reader for the majority of the book in order to create tension - telling us there is a problem but not revealing what it is, just continually pointing out that SOMETHING IS UP, is the quickest way to show that there is no depth to the story. For example ...more
Rosanne Lortz
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Catherine Claverton is determined to get back at her heartless father by marrying and producing an heir to her mother's title. Relegated to her rooms for many years because of a deformed leg, she can now enjoy being an observer of society, and if she can find a man who will not spurn her, a determined participant in a full and happy life. Sir Lyle, a dashing smuggler, is a longtime family friend who would give up his rakish ways for Catherine. But Catherine is drawn to the kind but awkward Capta ...more
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
It is the dawn of a new century, but women in the Regency era are still beholden to men for their survival. Catherine didn’t only have the misfortune to be born a girl; she also has a physical disability. She is a constant reminder to her father of everything he doesn’t have, and so he denies her the one thing she wants – love. But can she even recognize love when it comes her way?

The Portrait is an intriguing book where no one is quite who they seem. Early on, readers see two sides to Catherin
Cassandra Austen
Feb 10, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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Feb 10, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Candy Mayer
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Oh no! I don't like romance novels, but this one sucked me in with a mystery about a painting (I'm an artist.) But it's the same old story. If the couple would spend half an hour, talking to each other honestly, they would figure everything out and live happily ever after...of course, there would be no book, then! It was well written, so, if you like romance novels, you'll like it, but just not for me.
Penny P Hammack
Apr 20, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Started out with a fairly good plot but morphed into a standard regency romance. Not my thing.
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Cassandra Austen is the author of literary romance novels, thoughtful, slow-burn novels where the characters are people you might know or meet, constrained by situations that are real-life.

I love strong, independent women, men who choose the right thing rather than the easy thing, and I have a love for the landscapes of Old and New England. I write in the parlor of an old farmhouse with pink and m
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