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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Signet Book (1 Dec. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451210646
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451210647
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2.3 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,514,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"No one sets fire to the page like Virginia Henley."

No one sets fire to the page like Virginia Henley. (Christina Skye)

"The true story of lowborn but beautiful Elizabeth Gunning (1733-1790), who took Georgian England by storm and became a duchess twice, is vividly fictionalized in this unconventional romance from Henley...Possessing all the sensuality and glitter of a more traditional romance but enriched by the plot's complexity and the heroine's genuine growth, this captivating tale will leave readers amply satisfied."
Starred Publishers Weekly Review"

About the Author

Virginia Henley is a New York Times bestselling author and the recipient of numerous awards, including the Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award. Her novels have been translated into fourteen languages. A grandmother of three, she lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, with her husband.

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By TBL on 5 Jun. 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The true story of lowborn but beautiful Elizabeth Gunning (1733-1790), who took Georgian England by storm and became a duchess twice, is vividly fictionalized in this unconventional romance from Henley (Ravished, etc.). Born into an impoverished family, Elizabeth and her older sister Maria, both aspiring actresses, apply their talents offstage when their ambitious mother decides they should pose as members of the minor nobility. In London, their bold maneuvering, good fortune and the girls' own magnificence catapults them into society, where they draw the attention of noblemen and even the heir to the throne. The one man who knows Elizabeth's secret is John Campbell, the future Duke of Argyll, whose love for her isn't enough-at least initially-to overcome the difference in their status. She's also coveted, for much darker reasons, by John's enemy, the powerful Duke of Hamilton. The details of the Gunnings' rise will delight; at one point, the fearless Mrs. Gunning hires actors to mob her daughters whenever they appear in public and an actress to play their ladies' maid. Possessing all the sensuality and glitter of a more traditional romance but enriched by the plot's complexity and the heroine's genuine growth, this captivating tale will leave readers amply satisfied.
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars 37 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story with a strong heroine 8 Aug. 2010
By Rocky - Published on Amazon.com
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Undone
By Virginia Henley

I always enjoy Virginia Henley books. She writes about real women, who lived before women were liberated and who succeeded in life against great odds.

Undone is about Elizabeth Gunning (ca Dec., 1733-Dec. 20, 1790), daughter of impoverished Irish gentry, who became wife of two Dukes - an unheard of scenario at the time. Her sister, Maria, became the wife of an Earl. Henley credits their rise in the world to an overbearing mother and amazing beauty.

As always, Ms. Henley vividly describes the relationships between her heroine, her partners, and other important characters. They act within a historically accurate scene. Their friends and enemies actually existed. Their stories reveal themselves in realistic, riveting, emotionally satisfying plots.

Whether Henley's characters are actually like the people she depicts is questionable. Certain facts about Elizabeth, which would weaken Henley's plot and characterization, are omitted. These omissions suggest that the real people and the real story may differ from Henley's version. For example, in Undone, Elizabeth and her first husband have one child. They actually had three. This fact sheds a different light upon her relationship with her first husband. Similarly, in Undone, Elizabeth enters marriage to a second husband without an interim relationship. Actually, she was engaged to the 3rd Duke of Bridgewater before her second marriage. He broke off the engagement. This suggests a different relationship between Elizabeth and John Campbell than that depicted in the novel.

Usually I think Henley novels rate five stars. But I am giving this one four. Henley's introduction of characters and plot was not as good as I would expect. In this phase, her writing was awkward and the dialogues seemed stilted. But once this rather long introduction was finished, she rose to her usual delightful standard.
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It 24 Dec. 2010
By Dreamer of Dreams - Published on Amazon.com
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I absolutely loved this book. Ms. Henley puts most romance writers to shame, and this book is clear evidence of how she is able to draw the reader into the very time and place where the characters existed. I did a little research on the characters and the time period and was amazed at how well the author set the scenes down to small details and descriptive words (spatulate - referring to Hamilton's hands, which was a very amusing description for this villain) used for that time period -- fabulous.

I read this book into the wee hours of the night/morning almost being unable to put it down, savoring every page & chapter, and I was sorry when it ended. This is my second Virginia Henley book (The Raven & The Rose was great which led me to more of this author's books).

Thank you, Ms. Henley for being a dramatic cut above! I marveled at the amount of work that must have gone into this book. I am looking forward to reading several more of your books which I've just purchased & I'll be reading this one again!
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 23 Aug. 2016
By Diane Ascenzia - Published on Amazon.com
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I total enjoyed Undone. I have read many of Virginia Henley books and I have never been disappointed.
4.0 out of 5 stars Love her work 21 Nov. 2015
By Cecile Bryan - Published on Amazon.com
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Virginia Henley is a hopeless romantic writer. Love her work.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 19 Dec. 2014
By Annie - Published on Amazon.com
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I could not put it down. Lots of twists. Fell in love with the characters. Very interesting plot. It was my first read with this author
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