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The Girl in the Mask by [Jensen, Marie-Louise]
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4.4 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews

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'Terrifically exciting stuff, somewhat in the vein of Celia Rees's splendid novel Sovay, but with a dash of Georgette Heyer added to the mix' (Amanda Craig, Times)

'With feisty heroines and rich period details, Jensen is one of the best historical writers around.' (The Bookseller)

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Lady by day . . . Thief by night

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 542 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0192792792
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (16 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007BA8OU0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #110,888 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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There's something to be said about how awesome a book is when it keeps me reading until 3.40 AM and believe me that hasn't happened in a while so hats off to Marie for writing such an absorbing book.
I'm a huge fan of historical fiction, but sometimes it can feel like the same story retold. Not in this case. The story itself had so many bumps, twists and turns I could no sooner predict the ending than I can tomorrow's weather :)

Sophia was a one of a kind character and though sometimes her acts of rebellion made my stomach clench just knowing how much trouble she would get into, I couldn't help but cheer her along. I related to Sophia on so many levels since staying indoors for too long drives me nuts and as for not reading, well, if my father had been like hers I think I would have gone insane. Separating a girl from her books? Disgraceful!
Her father was just...urgh! I think I have my new favourite villain although he is closely followed be Sophia's Aunt Amelia.

Now as for the lovely Sophia robbing at night? I loved it. Granted there is something very naughty about the idea but ultimately something very romantic and rebellious that I just can't seem to explain properly and I have to admit that the girl has guts, especially considering the people she steals from.
Add in the lovely Mr Charleton, some political scandal, some pretty intense peril and a not so expected ending and you have a book that will keep you turning the pages until you reach the end.

If there's one thing I have learned from reading Miss Jensen's books it's that if I were to exist in some of these past times, I think I would have been arrested ;-) Anyway, go read this book! For fans of historical fiction with a dash of action and romance, this a must read.
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I have read and enjoyed Marie-Louise Jensen's earlier books, so I was fairly sure this new one was going to be a treat - and it was!

Once again Ms Jensen has chosen a historical setting and this time we are in the city of Bath in the year following the coronation of King George I. Sophia Williams has come to Bath with her father and her aunt for the season of balls and entertainments, and it is her father's hope that she will find a husband before the end of the summer. Sophia has other ideas! She did not want to leave her home to come to Bath and the idea of marriage does not appeal to her at all. She decides to be as unpleasant as possible to potential suitors and the only friend she makes in the city is Jenny, a pickpocket and highwayman's accomplice. Although neither Sophia or Jenny have any interest in politics or the controversy surrounding the new king, it soon becomes clear that other people in Bath have very strong views on the subject and rebellion and civil unrest are being planned.

Sophia is a lively and exciting character. She is a girl who is not afraid to take risks to escape the dull, conventional life that her father has planned for her. She loves her freedom and hates being constrained by the huge hooped skirts and frilly petticoats that her aunt forces her to wear. She would rather walk than be carried around in a sedan chair and she would rather read than dance. A mask proves to be a useful accessory - and not at a masked ball!

The story is based on real events that took place in Bath and other cities in the UK in 1715 when there was some support for "James III" to take the throne and send King George back to Germany.
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Sophia Williams' duty to her father is to behave, look lovely, and find a husband quickly. She, however, is not one to do as she's told. Set largely in Bath, or the Bath as it was known, Marie-Louise Jensen paints a lively and realistic picture of fashionable life for the wealthy and not so wealthy in the early 18th century. Sophia is a likeable character right from the off, and gets herself into worsening situations as the story progresses. The Girl in the Mask is fascinating and fun to read, and we ride alongside Sophia, quite literally at times, as she tries to forge a life for herself that is far and above the life that is being thrust upon her. What I like most about her is that she sticks to her principals, and is true to herself, right to the end. A great read.
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Stories about highwaymen and/or cross-dressing girls are two a penny, but Marie-Louise Jensen's take on this well-worn theme is a fast, exciting read with an original plot and a surprise ending. When Sophia's father comes home from his plantation and finds her roaming the countryside, learning to shoot, and reading books by Aphra Behn, he takes immediate action. He removes her to Bath for the season, where he expects her to behave like a young lady and attract a wealthy husband. But Sophia has other ideas. She is a spirited heroine - fearless to the point of being foolhardy - and nothing can keep her under lock and key. The fast-moving plot revolves around a real historical event and makes for an intriguing story.

I have enjoyed all of Marie-Louise Jensen's historical novels, and this is one of her best. Having said that, I hope she will eventually complete her Viking trilogy. For me, her Scandinavian novels have something extra. They expand the imagination, taking the reader into less familiar areas of history.
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