Adventure, intrigue, and suspense during Napoleon's forlorn retreat from Russia in 1813.
Jane Aiken Hodge was born in the USA, brought up in the UK and read English at Oxford. She received a master's degree from Radcliffe College, Harvard University. Before her books became her living she worked as a civil servant, journalist, publishers' reader and a reviewer. She has written lives of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer as well as a book about women in the Regency period, Passion and Principle. But her main output has been over twenty historical novels set in the eighteenth century, including Polonaise, The Lost Garden, and Savannah Purchase, the beloved third volume of a trilogy set during and after the American War of Independence. More recently she has written novels for Severn House Publishers. She enjoys the borderland between mystery and novel, is pleased to be classed as a feminist writer, and is glad that there is neither a glass ceiling nor a retiring age in the writers' world. She was the daughter of Conrad Aiken and sister of Joan Aiken.
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It ranks very highly indeed. The performance is really good - Rosalyn Landor makes each of the voices clear and distinct, conveying the emotion really well. The story is just what I want out of a regency novel - adventure, manners, and a convincing romance.
The setting was a very unusual one. The characters follow the allied army as it advances on Paris after the battle of Leipzig. This part of the Napoleonic war is virtually ignored, and it was brilliant - and brilliantly utilised in the story.
No, this is a first. But I see she has read several of my other favourite regencies, so I imagine it won't be a last.
The difficulty with that is that the book is ten hours long, and while I could certainly have read the book in one sitting, that is because it is much faster reading than it is listening.
So no, but I did listen to it in every free moment I got.
This is a very traditional regency in many ways. It's a lot closer to An Infamous Army or These Old Shades in style and tone than a Julia Quinn. It's more serious than a lot of Heyers, though.
It's also worth noting that there are two romances going on at the same time and both move very slow while being perfectly obvious from the beginning.