Alexander thought long and hard about what a transition from a typical Victorian Era woman of means into a woman who openly questions social norms would look like.
He wishes to forcefully convert the entire nation of England to Catholicism. Also by This Publisher. Used Paperback Quantity Available: 2. Categories : 20th-century Italian novels Novels set in ancient Greece Cultural depictions of Alexander the Great novels Italian historical novels Novels about royalty Novels set in the 4th century BC. Posts to:. Orbelli am impressed by this epic…. Three books in one!
What makes Emily a fascinating character is that in a time when women were expected to be married at a young age, she had no desire to get married, but did so to escape her controlling mother. And Only to Deceive, the first installment in the Lady Emily series, was published in The novel takes place in Victorian England, where we find our protagonist widowed after her husband Philip is unexpectedly killed during a hunting expedition in Africa.
This prompts Emily to embark on a journey of change and empowerment, a transformation we witness throughout the entire series.
Emily embraces her newfound independence and travels to London to pursue her true love, reading. She develops an obsession with Greek culture and literature, which she reads in Greek. In her new home, she befriends Cecile du Lac, who quickly becomes the Watson to her Sherlock. She also meets a new suitor, Colin Hargreaves.
The story continues in London in the midst of a new mystery, a thief with a penchant for the belongings of Marie Antoinette. At the same time, Emily faces a personal mystery of her own. She seems to have acquired an admirer.
The admirer obviously knows of her love for all things Greek, because he leaves her message after message in Greek. Colin continues to court her, with each gesture revealing how much he knows about her and loves her. Alexander has an ability to subtly tie in historical references and norms without itfeeling forced or out of place.
Emily continues to shine as we witness her personal journey. Lady Emily, despite her existence being two centuries in the past, remains a good role model for the strong female. Queen Elizabeth I is an inspirationalleader who refuses to back down. Where the last waves of the ocean die. Reviewer Daniel Thompson at Humanities said the book said the constant use of place names, regions, and semantics interrupted the flow of reading; and that the book had a rushed ending.
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Namespaces Article Talk. All joking aside, you know that I love your blog and the books that you suggest; so thank you for helping me find good books to read! Hahhahahaaaa YAY!!!! These books changed my book life. Seriously, the whole week I read these, I was just a wreck in a good way. Not sad tears, just super super emotional tears. I LOVE this series — the characters were amazing and its something that stays with you for a long time….
Just bought this. LOVE historical romance! Okay so I am convinced that I will have to give this series a try, especially since you said no books could compare! You have my attention and the books have been added to my To Read list! Thanks for sharing your series favorite! All I know is Tatiana and Alexander are a match made in heaven.
So inspiring and intense. I flipped through these books like they were nothing. Absolutely compelling and heart-stoppingly sad yet beautiful. Thank you for introducing me to THE most amazing Trilogy ever written. I am almost done with Summer Garden. There are so many emotions that you go through reading these books. I will need other readers of these series therapy when I get done in the next day or so….
I am so glad that someone else loves this trilogy as much as I do!! I have read them all several times!! I am so glad I took your recommendation and read these books!!! I think I have fallen as deeply in love with Tatiana and Alexander as you have! I used to think that Mr. Such beautiful books and I recommend them to everyone!!! Thank you for guiding me to these books!!! I agree!
Thanks for sharing. I was gifted The Bronze Horseman when I was leaving a workplace aged 20, now 13 years later and I am still as in love with Tatiana and Alexander as I was the first moment I got swept away by their story. Simply amazing, beautiful… the best books I have ever read. One day I will get them signed. Have tried and tried but no luckyet.
My grandmother gave me the first book when I was 16 years old — 12 years later I have read the series over 20 times. Wow 20 times!! I will be re-reading these soon I know. And I too am convinced that they were real, how can they not be I felt everything in those books. I loved these books! Heartbreaking and soul-crushing but so worth it.
Second favorite series behind the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon for me. I have seen so many people say they love it but put it off because of the whole historical thing. You have eased my worries!