Vizard Mask Hardcover – 18 Jul 1994
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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!
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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Anything written by Diana Norman is a joy and this novel lived up to all expectations - totally enthrallingPublished 10 months ago by Mrs June Tombs
Well worth a read. A splendid commentary on the lives of women in the seventeenth century. A few anachronisms aside (cordite, basque), and the many liberties with the lives of real... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Rose Axtell
The story covers enough world changing events to fill three novels by lesser writers including the. Plague, the fire of London and the change from the reign. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Catherine Joyce
I am a huge fan of Diana Norman (aka Arianna Franklin) and have tried to find as many of her novels as possible. It is so sad that she has passed away. Read morePublished 17 months ago by gimmielinda
My youngest son introduced me to this book years ago. I loved it then and still do. It is probably the best plague book I have ever read and high lights the plight of women over... Read morePublished 21 months ago by J G Mount
I love Diana Norman's books, and this is probably the best... BUT be aware the Kindle version is full of typos which quite spoiled the flow. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Mary Anne Hughes