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At Evenwood, she meets Lady Tansor's two dashing sons, Perseus and Randolph, and finds herself enmeshed in a complicated web of seduction, intrigue, deceit, betrayal, and murder.
Few writers are as gifted at evoking the sensibility of the 19th century as Michael Cox, who has made the world of Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins his own.
"Atmospheric and engrossing.... Strongly recommended." ( Library Journal)
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By L. Mansfield on 07-30-09
Satisfying and Engaging
I was interested in this book primarily because I read and enjoyed the previous book in this series, "The Meaning of Night" and was eager to find out the resolution of the drama played out in that story. Though at first I wasn't crazy about Ms. Bailey's narration - she didn't epitomize the protagonist to me - after just an hour or two I couldn't imagine the story being read by anyone else. She was wonderful, and her renderings of the characters were evocative and compelling.
"The Glass of Time" is gothic Victoriana at its best, and it's got everything that genre demands: deadly family secrets, forbidden romances, murder, lifelong obsession, and conflict that spans generations. Esperanza, the protagonist, is an interesting and complex heroine, and although her motivations grow murky toward the end of the tale, they are no more confusing than those of the average 19-year-old. I was deeply satisfied by the conclusion of the story and very much enjoyed it as an audiobook. Listening to it also prevented me from skipping ahead in order to find out what happened (a very bad habit of mine). Highly recommended!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Jennifer on 01-14-09
A good read
The Glass of Time is a pretty good read. There are no real surprises for a reader who's paying attention, and the tense shifting can be somewhat jarring , but overall it was enjoyable. The author may have overestimated the power, or at least the endurance, of love, and that tends to make the story feel less genuine, but it is still a fun story of intrigue that carries the reader along for the ride. As always, Josephine Bailey is wonderful.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful