Bertrams Print On Demand, 2006 - 804 pages
A remarkable, sparkling historical novel by the author of A Catch of Consequence. Diana Norman's second book for us, published at the same time as the paperback of A Catch of Consequence, is another brilliant, stylish historical novel. Even though it is set in the eighteenth century, this novel like her previous one has rare contemporary echoes. Two women, both searching for apparently missing people, meet in the chaos of wartime Plymouth. Britain is at war with the French and the rebellious American colonies. But where the French captured by the British navy are recognized prisoners of war, the Americans are the non-combatants of their era. Diana Stacpoole a young aristocrat recently saved by the death of her husband from a brutal marriage, is searching for the imprisoned son of a colonial friend: Makepeace Burke, a self-made woman, is looking for her daughter and companions, rescued from their destroyed ship but somehow lost on arrival in Britain. The journey of discovery both women make through docks and prisons, government offices and brothels, palatial houses and smugglers hideaways, not only allows them to find the missing persons but also to forge an unlikely friendship and to find remarkable lovers. Finding liberty for others leads them to splendid liberty for themselves.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Cariola - LibraryThing
This is the second book in Diana Norman's "Makepeace Hedley" series. You may be familiar with Norman's alter ego, Ariana Franklin (Mistress of the Art of Death). In the first novel, A Catch of ... Read full review
Review: Taking Liberties (Makepeace Hedley #2)User Review - Sue Sterling - Goodreads
This book is the best of both worlds - part history lesson and also a great story! Read full review