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Scent of Cloves #2019

Scent of Cloves Julia Ashley was born to a life of dramatic twists and tragedy Saved from Cromwell s Irish massacres by her nurse saved from starvation by a Dutch sea captain Her future and any possible lasting happ

  • Title: Scent of Cloves
  • Author: Norah Lofts
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 454
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Scent of Cloves By Norah Lofts, Julia Ashley was born to a life of dramatic twists and tragedy Saved from Cromwell s Irish massacres by her nurse, saved from starvation by a Dutch sea captain Her future and any possible lasting happiness depended entirely on a glove marriage to a man who was no than a name The Dutch East Indies, in the seventeenth century, were lands of legendary riches of nuJulia Ashley was born to a life of dramatic twists and tragedy Saved from Cromwell s Irish massacres by her nurse, saved from starvation by a Dutch sea captain Her future and any possible lasting happiness depended entirely on a glove marriage to a man who was no than a name The Dutch East Indies, in the seventeenth century, were lands of legendary riches of nutmeg princes of fortunes and family empires built on barbaric plantations and slavery And amid the extravagance, the cruelty, the bizarre customs, perhaps the strangest events of all were the curious weddings that sent girls half way around the world to husbands they had never seen Julia, brave and stoical with a stormy and turbulent history behind her, took her glove of yellow, pearl sewn silk and began the journey to the island of Rua, to a land of seeming paradise where nothing was exactly as it appeared.

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    1. An unusual and interesting story of Julie Ashley a young woman who undertakes a glove marriage and sails to the island of Rua to be the wife of a man she has never met The strength of the novel lies in the detail and historical period of when the Dutch East Indian Company was at it s peak.This is a novel of suspense and mystery than of romance, although there is a romantic element to the story It is an engrossing well written novel and kept my interest throughout but I would have liked a detai [...]

    2. A very enjoyable historical novel that takes the reader from Ireland to Indonesia via Amsterdam, at the time of Cromwell The first novel by Norah Lofts I have read, but certainly not the last one Interesting characters, good story telling that gets you involved right away I found the end a bit weak, which is why I didn t give it five stars.

    3. First half was a 5, but the ending was a bit contrived And yet the story of Maire s escape and saving of the protagonist as a babe was Cromwell century perfect Also the Dutch sections and the entire voyage and adult life on that island had some of the best period descriptions and timely sensibilities that I ve read for that part of the world or a tropical island environment as it was experienced 3 centuries ago Few revisionists dithers at all here, Norah Lofts could have been writing a hundred y [...]

    4. Norah Lofts is my favorite author and she proves it over and over as I re read her books and continue to admire her masterful insights into the human heart and its complex motivations She is considered a writer of historical fiction, and she is, but her books go way, way beyond pleasant little stories in historical settings She uses historical detail to be sure, and I feel her backgrounds are accurate as well as interesting, entertaining and enlightening However, it is her expositions behind the [...]

    5. I tend to get this book mixed up with her other book about the spice islands This one is a little too unbelievable for me.

    6. Julia Ashley, the child of English Royalists, narrowly escapes death as an infant when Cromwell attacks, then again from starvation at the age of eight After years in an orphanage, a glove proxy marriage to the son of a merchant in the Dutch East India Company seems like a godsend But she soon discovers dark secrets beneath the beauty and spices of a small Indonesian island.A lovely, clean historical novel in which romance plays just one part in a larger story and apparent clich s twist into som [...]

    7. EntertainingEasy and entertaining read Nice for escape on a summer afternoon with feet up and a nice cold glass of iced tea

    8. Loved this Was swept away from the beginning with the life of little Julia It was a very imaginative plot This book is a great escape

    9. After a tragic childhood where her high born family were slaughtered due to war, a lucky escape with a servant then rescue by a merchant who takes her to Amsterdam to live with him and his wife, then after he dies she is put in a home and later a company that arranged glove marriages in the Dutch East Indies, Julia Ashley s life has been one long upheaval and now she is scared and has to undergo a journey to begin a new life with an arranged marriage to a man she will not meet until the wedding [...]

    10. A pleasant historical romance, which would have benefitted from period detail and better character development However it was a well written story and an enjoyable read for a cold, winter s evening.

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