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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Review - Cynthia Harrod Eagles THE BLACK PEARL

Another one for the challenge!

Story set in 1659 covers the period of Charles II and James II. Cromwell's stranglehold over the country is coming to an end but it has left everyone in misery. Morland Place is at one of its lowest ebbs and Ralph has a gargantuan task to get the place going.

Annunciata's mother decides to send her to London in order to secure a "good match" as she feels her beauty and fortune deserve something more than Yorkshire has to offer.  For her the Court is the ideal place - Annunciata is a schemer, she is beautiful but her loyalty to her roots is absolute.

The story of Annunciata begins on a high but ends with a lot of sadness and intrigue. However at the very end there is closure for both Ralph and Annunciata when they realize what their true feelings are.

As I have said before the story of Morland Place and the Morland Dynasty in particular set against whatever period of history of the time is beautifully depicted. Not only does one get an idea of the family saga of the Morlands but one is also deeply involved in the history of that time.


  1. I haven't read historical fiction in such a long time. This book sounds interesting. Is it part of a series? must one read the books in the order in which they were written?

  2. An easy and enjoyable way to get your history in - historical novels with some romance. Sounds like a good one.

  3. I really must start reading this series - it sounds so promising!

    Thanks for the review.

  4. My daughter loves historical fiction...I will pass this review on to her. Thank you.
    Thank you for your sweet comments that you left me the other day.
    Happy weekend and happy reading.