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A Place of Birds
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 5 September 2012
I once read five Jane Jackson books, back to back. There's something about her main characters that draws you in right from page one. Susanna, in this book, is no exception. She is a feisty heroine who has plenty to overcome before she can be happy with the love of her life.
Jane Jackson's stories are always meticulously researched and, by the end I'd learned a lot about Quakers, sea-faring and China and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I laughed, cried and fell in love. Wait until you meet Lowell Hawke and you'll know why.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 September 2012
This book is a charater study of a young woman, Susanna, fighting to lead life her own way and forced to struggle, first against the bonds imposed by her strict Quaker family, then against society in general when, in a bid to escape, she takes ship with the gorgreous Lowell to China where she intends to be a missionary. It is beautifully written and the background, both in Cornwall and China, is well researched and evocative. Lowell, the hero, is fascinating and complex. I had not realised the dangers of being a European in China until I read this book. The way that Lowell and Susanna finally overcome the barriers keeping them apart is totally unexpected.

I have read Jane Jackson's books before in hardback and I am delighted they are finally available as e-books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 September 2012
I have read all Jane Jackson's historical novels and loved them. Her combination of exciting plots, believable charcters and unusual and well-researched settings never fail to make for a gripping story.

A Place of Birds is no exception. Struggling in a male-dominated world, in a foreign country (China) Susanna faces hardship, heartache and devastating grief before she is accepted by society. Falling in love with a married man brings more anguish and it seems that happiness is always to elude her.

From the fascinating beginning of the story the reader is drawn into Susanna's life and follows her all the way to its dramatic conclusion. A wonderful read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 September 2012
This is a wonderfully written story as are all Jane Jackson books. It takes you from Falmouth which the writer knows so well (as do I) to the exciting shores of the newly discovered (by western traders)exotic China. The characters are well fleshed, the story exciting and woven throughout is the delicious love story of Lowell and Susanna. I do appreciate Amazon putting these older, and more difficult to obtain novels by good romantic historical novelists on line, keep up the good work!
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on 25 March 2015
We are all familiar with the flawed heroine, born out of her time. In some hands it can be a run-of-the-mill plod, but not with Jane Jackson's Susanna Elliot. Her "flaw" is that she tries to live by the spirit of her faith as well as its letter, but is thwarted at every turn by the repressive Victorian Quaker ideas of a woman's place. Yes, they should look after their fellow man, but not at the expense of a wealthy lifestyle, dear!

In a world ruled by men, often stupid, small-minded and unintelligent men, Susanna is a threat to be quashed. That she eventually triumphs in her own way and her own world is utterly satisfying and the twist at the end was as unexpected as it was heartwarming.
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on 8 September 2012
I have read seven of Jane's books this year and found them all thoroughly entertaining. I read the first one by accident (romance was not my scene then) and found that the plot and the characters were quite gripping. I then had to read another. And another. Come on, Jane, write some more, please.
I think my favourite so far is A Place of Birds, but there is nothing much to choose between any of them. I've looked at Jane's blog, and her current novel sounds fascinating, especially as its setting is in the nineteenth century, yet Stirling Engines are now being proposed for use in space craft to replace plutonium as the source of electricity. Is Jane a fortune teller as well as a writer?
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on 5 September 2012
I once read five Jane Jackson books, back to back. There's something about her main characters that draws you in right from page one. Susanna, in this book, is no exception. She is a feisty heroine who has plenty to overcome before she can be happy with the love of her life.
Jane Jackson's stories are always meticulously researched and, by the end I'd learned a lot about Quakers, sea-faring and China and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I laughed, cried and fell in love. Wait until you meet Lowell Hawke and you'll know why.
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on 6 September 2012
I have read all Jane Jackson's historical romances and loved them. Her combination of exciting plots, believable characters and well-researched and unusual settings, always make for a gripping read.
A Place of Birds is no exception. A woman struggling in a male-dominated world, Susanna suffers rejection, hardship and devastating grief. Through her strength of character however she at last earns respect and is accepted by the community.
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on 17 November 2014
I loved this book. Well written and an excellent cast of interesting characters. Looking forward to reading some more from this author.
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