Blindspot: By a Gentleman in Exile & a Lady in Disguise
“Tis a small canvas, this Boston,” muses Stewart Jameson, a Scottish portrait painter who, having fled his debtors in Edinburgh, has washed up on America’s far shores. Eager to begin anew in this new world, he advertises for an apprentice, but the lad who comes knocking is no lad at all. Fanny Easton is a lady in disguise, a young, fallen woman from Boston’s most prominent...more
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Fortunately, "Blindspot" is not only well-researched but also entertaining. This semi-epistolary novel finds portrait painter Stewart Jameson newly arrived in Boston on the eve of the American Revolution. His ad for an apprentice is answered by one "Francis W ...more
The tale told here is complicated: a woman of stature but fallen from grace takes a painting apprentice position but must dress as a boy to do so; the painter is a runaway debtor, newly arrived in New England; the painter's friend is an educated black man who was sold in to slavery and escapes to his friend; a murder takes place, a slave is blamed and a mystery ensues; the beginnings of the American Revolution are the backdrop for this all.
The story is vividly told, t ...more
Sometimes, the book has been on my to-read list for a year or more. Sometimes a friend just mentioned it. Nine times out of ten, I have absolutely no idea why I flagged it as a book of interest.
So, Blindspot stunned me a little. It's historical fiction, set in Boston before the Revolutio ...more
Stewart Jameson is an Scot in exile, escaping his debtors who seek to put him in prison. He is a Scot, whose good heart lands him in the predicament that forces him ...more
Sounds fascinating, right? Sadly, no.
If this book were any slower, it would be moving backwards. The wordiness of the narrators, the flogging of ...more
Normally I like historical fiction but the writing style of this one just didn't appeal to me. In the first 40 pages or so we had a prologue, a chapter from the main characters POV, a chapter from the main female characters POV, a couple of reports on what the Colonies have to say about British taxes and a chapter on what the British are planning on doin ...more
I have to say, it's not my usual genre. I honestly picked it up because it was a free advance copy, and now I feel like I want to go buy another copy just to encourage these authors to write more. Yes, the way it turned into a romance novel toward the end was a bit much and unnecessary, and I'm still not certain how I feel about the ending, but it was so very worth reading that I don't mind.
It was one of the only books I've ever read where, when finished, I had to seriously s ...more
The cover blurbs promise "an erudite and entertaining re-creation of colonial America on the brink of the Revolution", as well as "a lusty romance, a murder mystery, and a bit of Americana, all rolled into one big, fat historical romp... Lepore and Kamensky have re-created a fascinating world and brought history hotly alive."
I certainly enjoyed the read, an ...more