Of Noble Family

Of Noble Family

Book - 2015
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"Jane and Vincent have finally gotten some much-needed rest after their adventures in Italy when Vincent receives word that his estranged father has passed away on one of his properties in the West Indies. His brother, who manages the estate, is overwhelmed, and no one else in his family can go. Grudgingly, out of filial duty the couple decide to go. The sea voyage is long and Jane spends enough time unable to perform glamour that towards the end of the trip she discovers that she is with child. They are overjoyed, but when they finally arrive at the estate to complete what they expect to be routine legal tasks, they realize that nearly everything they came expecting to find had been a lie. Also, the entire estate is in disarray, with horrifying conditions and tensions with the local slave population so high that they are close to revolt. Jane and Vincent's sense of peril is screaming out for them to flee, but Vincent cannot stand to leave an estate connected with his family in such a condition. They have survived many grand and terrifying adventures in their time, but this one will test their skills and wits more than any they have ever encountered before, this time with a new life hanging in the balance" -- provided by publisher.
"The magical adventure that might result if Jane Austen walked on the grimmer side of the Regency" -- provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Tor, a Tom Doherty Associates Book, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780765378361
0765378361
Branch Call Number: KOWAL M
Characteristics: 575 pages ; 22 cm

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Dec 31, 2015

Verbury’s ability to turn any comment into a blade was staggering.

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Dec 31, 2015

His eyes were wide and serious with the slightly troubled expression unique to newborns, as if he had come into the world knowing how to right all the troubles but could no longer quite remember how.

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Dec 31, 2015

This book offers the interesting perspective of two 19th century abolitionists, who have hardly met any black people in their lives, coming face to face with the realities of slavery in Antigua. The descriptions of human beings being treated like livestock (or worse) are depressing and sometimes heartbreaking but the novel is not without hope. I'm sorry to see the Glamourist Histories come to an end but if the characters had a say I'm sure having a life and death roller coaster ride transition into some kind of happily ever after would have been much appreciated by all involved.

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