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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Review - Cynthia Harrod Eagles The Reckoning



This story begins in 1816. I feel as I am back in school at my history lessons (which I incidentally loved!). I seem to have forgotten bits of the Industrial Revolution and this period of new machinery, and strikes for the first time so it is bringing it all back to me.

Napoleon is defeated at last but England seems to be still limping back to normalcy which is still far on the horizon. The cost of this war has been astronomic. Inflation is rife, bankruptcies galore and the gentry do not seem able to know how to cope with the new order of things. Hundreds of soldiers returning from the war add to the unemployed as they are coming back disabled and not fit for the work for which they were originally trained.

James and Heloise guardians of the Morland riches are faced with one tragedy after another. A scandal of epic proportions involving the family where love and murder are intertwined. This will effect the family badly. Add to this Rosamund and Sophie who both have to come to terms with loss and know that riches and family can never be always counted upon to protect you from the hard knocks of life.

This was a rich story with lots of complicated issues. The background of the Industrial Revolution and Napoleon's defeat form the backbone of the story but the intricacies and extended family of the Morland clan are also part of this fascinating story.

7 comments:

Lieder Madchen said...

This book looks very interesting. :) I love stories that involve Napoleon. Thank you for visiting my blog.

Anne said...

I have not read many books about Napolean's time. This one looks like a good one to read, thanks for posting about it.

Darlene said...

You're really making your way through this series! There's quite a few of them if I remember right. Some day I'm going to read these.

Blodeuedd said...

Still reading these .D How many do you have left, and do you have them all. I sure hope so

Meg @ A Bookish Affair said...

I really enjoy that period in time!

Joanne said...

Hi, Mystica! This series has been highly recommended by many bloggers. I did read the first book, The Founding, and it was very good. There are so many to get through, it will be fun to pick and choose time periods. Have a wonderful day!

Marie said...

This sounds like it's very interesting. I haven't read a lot of books set in Napoleonic times so it would be new for me! :-)