January 31, 2016

Book Review (XLVII) Virtue's Lady

                                            Virtue’s Lady
Lady Jane Ramsey runs away from a life of privilege and a disastrous engagement to live among London’s poor, hoping to find freedom and love. No one thinks she can survive in this world, especially Southwark’s handsome carpenter, Mark Virtue. But there is more to this Lady than meets the eye. Jessica Cale is pleased to present the next installment of The Southwark Saga, Virtue’s Lady. From toiling for pennies to bare-knuckle boxing, a Lady is prepared for every eventuality.
Lady Jane Ramsey is young, beautiful, and ruined.
After being rescued from her kidnapping by a handsome highwayman, she returns home only to find her marriage prospects drastically reduced. Her father expects her to marry the repulsive Lord Lewes, but Jane has other plans. All she can think about is her highwayman, and she is determined to find him again.

My Review

Virtue’s Lady is a nice addition to Southwark saga series. Another incredible book by author Jessica Cale! She brought a shimmering and sensational story filled with enough chemistry and tension to satisfy a reader and make her escape in Restoration London.   
Virtue’s Lady is a story of second chances, an uplifting look about not settling for less than you deserve. I found it to be delightfully endearing.  Moved me and had me charmed. By the end of the book, I was definitely craving more of these characters. This plot has it all, adventure, love, revenge, twists in the action that leave you wondering what may happen next. All done in such a thoroughly interesting narrative. I loved it!
Interesting characters and engaging plot. Having read Tyburn, I was glad I could read the second book in the series Southwark saga, Virtue’s Lady. I met again Nick and Sally from Tyburn. They were my favorite characters. Now Jane and Mark take the leading roles.
Jane, Lady Jane, is determined to win the heart of the man she loves. Her sacrifice and will power won my admiration. She is my favorite character in Virtue’s Lady.
Mark, Lord Somerton's half brother, on the other hand, believe me, there were moments when I’d have jumped into the story to kick him for being a stubborn man. He rejects Jane but leaves himself led by conniving Meg.
I can’t tell you more without revealing the plot, and I never do it. If you love historical romance, adventure, and page-turning intrigue you must pick up this series! You won't be disappointed, I promise! Wonderful. Looking forward to her next work. 

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January 27, 2016

Wednesday Writing Wisdom (43) Daphne Du Maurier

Act God. Fashion men and women as Prometheus fashioned them from clay, and, by doing this, work out the unconscious strife within and be reconciled.

Daphne Du Maurier
(1907 - 1989) 
Fun facts about:
Her grandfather, George du Maurier, was a novelist and cartoonist, and her father, Gerald, was a successful actor and theater manager. Daphne seems to have inherited some of the neuroses of her artistic ancestors -- depression, breakdowns, grandiose insecurity -- as well as their gifts.

She is alleged to have had affairs with several famous people. Romance and mystery are the bywords of much of du Maurier’s fiction – ‘romance’ both in the sense of romantic relationships and exotic escapism (films of her work were popular during WWII for this very reason). Consider, for instance, her alleged affairs with both men and women, including the director of The Third Man, Carol Reed, and the actress, Gertrude Lawrence.

A number of classic films owe their existence to Daphne du Maurier. Alfred Hitchcock was especially a fan of her work and adapted Jamaica Inn, The Birds, and Rebecca for the big screen. The Nicolas Roeg film Don’t Look Now (which is now being remade) is also based on a Daphne du Maurier short story.

Ms. du Maurier died in 1989 at the age of 81. As a biographer, Margaret Forster, wrote, it was not the death she hoped for -- "when my time comes, let me go out like a light, swiftly." Instead, she had, in essence, starved herself because she was no longer able to write.

She was given the honor of being the ‘Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire’ in the ‘Queen’s Birthday Honors’ however she never 
really used this title.

Daphne du Maurier also wrote three plays. The first was an adaptation of her novel ‘Rebecca’ that was published in 1938.