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First Night

First Night [Kindle Edition]

Jane Aiken Hodge

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In 1802, as peace spreads in Europe, two young women seek their fortune, Martha, an American and Cristabel, the unwanted daughter of a duke.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 394 KB
  • Print Length: 151 pages
  • Publisher: PFD Books (2 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #208,394 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Continuing Family saga 28 Aug 2013
By M.A.B. - Published on
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I really like family sagas, and this is one of three interlocking books - Leading Lady (also set in the Napoleonic war years) and Last Act ( modern day, but with strong ties to the previous books. Strong characters, several unusual plot twists, and a great mix of politics and stagecraft.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Can't Say I Liked It 31 May 2013
By Linda Jean - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Years ago I read something written by Jane Aiken Hodge and I remembered liking it. I can't remember the title, but it certainly wasn't this book! I'm hard pressed to classify this - it wasn't a mystery and most definitely wasn't a romance.

It was a story set in a small principality on the verge of revolution during Napoleon's ascent to power. Three woman, two British and one American heiress set out to launch an operatic career for a talented duke's daughter. They travel to Paris, Italy and ultimately Lissenberg where most of the story unfolds. There are a lot of characters met along the way, but I found none of them especially compelling. Revolutions are confusing times, and I was certainly confused by this book. I am still not sure who the hero was, or why some characters were even introduced. Not sure who was attracted to whom. Truly, this book just confused me.

Hodge is a good writer, and I did finish the book - all the while hoping things would get better. For me, they never did. I borrowed this book for free, so I lost nothing but time, but I would have been very frustrated if I had paid the asking price.
5.0 out of 5 stars Romance and opera in a historical setting, what more could you want? 26 July 2013
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This book, chronologically the first in a trilogy, is unusual in that opera is a predominant part of the fabric of the story. It is amazing that this does not happen more frequently given that opera in the 18C was such a dominant part of European culture, indeed it still is. In this story it all works very well with a satisfying conclusion. A great summer read.
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