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How Beautiful They Were

(The Defiant Americans #3)

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A novel about the American theatre of the 1850s.

The New York theatre of that era was the Hollywood of its day, with all its trademark insanities. It was everything that was America. Its beauty and excitement, its rise and fall of personalities, its joys and desperations, selfish corruptions and violence. Even its hatred and racism.

Enter Colonel Tearwood's American Theatre
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by High-Top Publishing LLC
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How Beautiful They Were is a beautifully crafted story of adventure through the historical theatre period in England and the United States during the 1830s, 40s and 50s, where racial exclusion was commonplace. Packed with drama, revenge and originality, this is an outstanding novel.

John James Beaufort is a talented actor who joins the Dyer McCarthy Troupe and befriends the ageing Colonel Tearwood and Dyer’s daughter, Lucretia.
“Lucretia McCarthy was a frightened creature whose youth
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James Thane
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I’m always tremendously excited whenever I get my hands on a new novel by Boston Teran. I first fell in love with the author’s work several years ago when one of my book clubs picked The Creed of Violence as our monthly selection. The book was a revelation—intelligent and beautifully written with a compelling plot and unforgettable characters.

I quickly discovered that the same could be said of any of Teran’s other novels, and that continues to be the case with the author’s latest book, How
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Still
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of Boston Teran, Jim Nisbet, Charles Dickens
Recommended to Still by: I'm a Boston Teran enthusiast
A new novel by the mysterious Boston Teran is always a cause for celebration in this home.

I thought it was impossible for him to match the greatness of his previous novel A Child Went Forth but I underestimated Boston Teran once again.

This novel recounts the rise and fall and rise of a mysterious if talented young actor named John James Beaufort eager to try out his chosen craft on the London stage in the year 1836.

What a harrowing vocation he has decided on given the state of the London stage
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Cheryl
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OMG, if you have not read a Boston Teran book, you are missing out. I have only read a few books but everyone that I have read thus far have been a grand reading experience. Mr. Teran is an iconic author. I do not use this loosely by using the term "iconic author". In fact; I would put him in the same category as Mr. John Steinbeck.

Besides the main characters, there is a surprise voice, Jeremiah Fields, stage manager. He is part narrator. He helped add a rich tone to the story. Which by the
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Daniel Casey
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Style, affectation and melodrama, characterize Boston Teran’s historical novel How Beautiful They Were leaving readers to have to decide early on if they are going to allow it to carry them away or if they are going to fight against the current. If readers allow themselves to flow with the stream, then they will discover an alluring thriller.
Marjorie
Dec 04, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

This book swerves between two viewpoints - that of Nathaniel Luck which is told in "real time" and that of his erstwhile stage manager which is told in a flashback style. It does make for a little confusion at time as they are not clearly delineated and it sometimes took several lines before it clicked in my brain why the perspective had suddenly changed. This was not helped by the fact it didn't engage me as much as I thought it would. Largely this is down to the actual writing style
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Emi Bevacqua
This action-packed and drama-filled book travels from London to New York and from one issue-driven crisis to the next; but throughout it is relentlessly, outrageously THESPIAN! Like Jon Lovitz-grade with his constant:
Acting!
Genius!
Thank you!

The year is 1836 and main character John James Beaufort is a London actor who falls in love with Lucretia McCarthy, an actress whose theater running father Dyer is evil incarnate. After battling the devil, at great cost, Beaufort's friend Colonel Tearwood, a
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Charlotte Walker
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This is an amazing tale packed with drama on and off the stage. a circular tale of Colonel Tearwood's American Theatre Company. A plot filled with love, loss, anger, jealousy and drama, that I don't think I can sing the praises of enough! How Beautiful They Were is incredibly well-written and drew me in from Jeremiah's introduction to the spectacular candlelit finale. It remained me quite a lot of The Phantom of the Opera - the idea that life reflects art with secrets, betrayals and deaths ...more
Nova
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
"HOW BEAUTIFUL THEY WERE"
This book is a novel about the 1850's American theatre.

The theatre in New York was the Hollywood of that era. It had insanity, beauty, excitement, joy, desperate actors, selfish corruption and violence. It even included hatred and racism along with the beauty and excitement.

Actor Nathanial Luck and playwright Robert Harrison headed up the Colonel Tearwood's American Theatre Company. They wanted to bring daily life to the stage; everything from love affairs, social
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Merricat Alexander
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I received an advance review copy for free and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

This book, to start off with was not my usual genre, but It quirked my interest and I enjoyed it, it was a little confusing to start off with but once I got into it I could understand it a alot better the story flowed and I found it Incredibly fascinating. I enjoyed it very much and would recommend it to anyone who likes a quirky tale that's truthful in some aspects. 4/5 simply because It was a little rough to
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Christine Cazeneuve
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very engaging story telling. Characters very well defined and you get to intimately learn about each of their lives and stories. A wonderful telling of the theater and the times of the nation. An engrossing book from start to finish.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
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Boston Teran is a pseudonym for the internationally acclaimed author of twelve novels, many of them translated into foreign languages. He has been named alongside great American writers like Hemingway and Larry McMurtry, as well as filmmakers John Ford and Sam Peckinpah, for his singular voice and ability to weave timely social and political themes into sweeping page turners that pierce straight ...more

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