Jun 16 2006
Dear Mrs. Norman,
Some reviews might lead readers to think this book is dry, historical fiction. But I feel those reviewers would be doing readers a disservice. These characters came alive for me. The times and places seemed real. Your descriptions are so deft that for a day I was back in the 18th century of Boston, London, Hertfordshire and Northumberland. Your writing is fantastic and one gets a lesson in history without being aware of it.
But…this book won’t be for everyone. It’s not a true romance and though it has a happy ending, there is heartbreak and tragedy on the way.
Characters one has come to love will die. Others aren’t always good, or perceptive and some make mistakes. The smart ones learn from them even if one wants to still shake them at times. They are real people. One sees what 18th century business women were up against, what the poor and dispossessed had to fight, that right doesn’t always lead to justice.
Several reviewers mentioned that if readers like Dorothy Dunnett, Philippa Gregory and other authors like them, then they might want to try your books. I know in this book you’ve created a marvelous, plain spoken American heroine who goes from rags to riches to rags to final self knowledge. A-