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Product details

  • Hardcover: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd; Second Edition edition (18 July 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718100174
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718100179
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 5.2 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,031,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Completely agree with the reviewer below - this is historical fiction, but not as you know it! It taught me more about history and the way people lived then than any text book and at the same time it's one of the most gripping, funny, passionate and readable books I've ever read. PLEASE give this book a try - I promise you, you won't regret it!
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Don't go thinking that this is a run-of-the-mill historical romance of the type favoured by old ladies and sad spinsters. In fact it's a fast-paced, cleverly-plotted adventure which taught me more about Restoration England than A-level History did. I have never read a book which made me feel more as if I really had been transported back to the period in which it's set - and that isn't always a comfortable feeling, as Diana Norman describes the agonies of the plague, the casual cruelties of daily life and the oppression of minorities without shirking from the unpleasant realities. But bear in mind that it's also, in places, laugh-out-loud funny.
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I read this book over two years ago, and I still remember it vividly and fondly. Set in 17th century London, in the Restoration period, it is the tale of an innocent puritan who has to make her own way. There is a man - but exactly who is he? The real strengths of this book are loveable, fallible characters, a real sense of the period, an easy style which meshes 17th century colloquialism with 20th century readability and finally, a page-turning plot. If you like Philippa Gregory, Dorothy Dunnett and other writers of complex historical fiction, this is up to par. If you like romance, this is also one for you. It is a super book.
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Having just recently discovered Diana Norman and wondering how on earth I had missed her all these years, I find her to have been just my kind of writer i.e. quite wonderful and fulfilling. The Historical fact woven into the story is faultless.
The real life characters required no embellishment and her fictional ones I loved also, Henry King in particular. we were made to want so much more of him but understood that we had to journey through until we, as well as the Heroine, had what we wanted.

This was a book so individual in style that I am now on a journey through her other books. In short, I loved every word!
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I owned and read this in paperback a number of years ago and had looked to buy it again since, having lent it so someone somewhere who didn;t return it. To my dismay it was out of print so it was great to find it out on Kindle. It's a great yarn and well told, coming at a few of the famous historical events of the period from a totally different angle. I recommend this and other of Diana Norman's novels.
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This book is SO good. Penitence Hurd, a New England Quaker, arrives off the boat in London in the 1660s when most Quakers are going the other way. She's looking for her aunt, now her only living relative. This book tells you the story of Penitence in Restoration England in sometimes horrific detail. History where you care deeply about what happens to those around her. She's tough, resourceful and resilient, a true survivor where most would sit in a corner, wringing their hands. Don't be put off by her name or her religion, this is not boring, not in any way. If you like historical novels, this is for you. Please read it.
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This book is well written and intricately researched. The descriptions of plague torn London and the fire are very atmospheric and the characters are engaging. I felt it lost its way a little at the end but it didn't detract from my enjoyment. Diana Norman was such an entertaining novelist and head and shoulders above a lot of "historical" romances. Its such a shame she didn't write more.
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Diana Norman's historical novels (not the `thrillers' written as Ariana Franklin) are, I think, really under-rated: visceral, brilliantly-written, atmospheric, witty, and steeped in an alien thought-world, they far outweigh more popular writers such as Philippa Gregory. So I was really looking forward to this: the Restoration theatre, Aphra Behn, Charles II, I couldn't wait to get started.

But the book seemed to me to take a long while to really get going. And after it did, it was great for a while... and then it stalled again. Eventually it picked up, only to draw to another halt, and so on. It's a book of many parts, telling many different stories: Penitance's arrival in England from America and her life in a Covent Garden slum area; her introduction to acting; the plague; her fall and prison life; her career as an actress; her life as a royal mistress; her new `career' in the country; her involvement in the Monmouth rebellion. Too much seemed to be going on, and some of it more interesting that other bits.

At heart, the love story is great. And Norman is always adept at fantastic dialogue. But everything around this central story (and there is a lot) fell away, as if she herself lost interest (as I did) when Henry King was off-stage.

The plot bears a lot of resemblances to A Catch of Consequence although I'm not sure which was written first. So overall I have to admit to some disappointment, but the good bits are very, very good and more than make up for the slightly haphazard structure.
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