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A Desperate Fortune - Susanna Kearsley
A Desperate Fortune
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For nearly 300 years, the mysterious journal of Jacobite exile Mary Dundas has lain unread — its secrets safe from prying eyes. Now, amateur codebreaker Sara Thomas has been hired by a once-famous historian to crack the journal's cipher. But when she arrives in Paris, Sara finds herself besieged... show more
For nearly 300 years, the mysterious journal of Jacobite exile Mary Dundas has lain unread — its secrets safe from prying eyes. Now, amateur codebreaker Sara Thomas has been hired by a once-famous historian to crack the journal's cipher. But when she arrives in Paris, Sara finds herself besieged by complications from all sides: the journal's reclusive owner, her charming Parisian neighbor, and Mary, whose journal doesn't hold the secrets Sara expects. It turns out that Mary Dundas wasn’t keeping a record of everyday life, but a first-hand account of her part in a dangerous intrigue. In the first wintry months of 1732, with a scandal gaining steam in London, driving many into bankruptcy and ruin, the man accused of being at its center is concealed among the Jacobites in Paris, with Mary posing as his sister to aid his disguise. When their location is betrayed, they’re forced to put a desperate plan in action, heading south along the road to Rome, protected by the enigmatic Highlander Hugh MacPherson.As Mary's tale grows more and more dire, Sara, too, must carefully choose which turning to take... to find the road that will lead her safely home.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781492602026 (1492602027)
ASIN: 1492602027
Pages no: 448
Edition language: English
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Adult Fiction
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Obsidian Blue
Obsidian Blue rated it
4.0 A Desperate Fortune
Due to Goodreads not allowing for half stars, I rounded this up to 4 stars though I would give it a 3.5.Told in alternating points of view, we flash back to the 1730s in France and to the present day in France. One of the two main characters is Sara Thomas. Sara, is in her late 20s and has Asperger'...
Buried In Print
Buried In Print rated it
4.5 Susanna Kearsley's A Desperate Fortune (2015)
Although highly-entertaining and a satisfying page-turner, there is more substance to this novel than the cover might suggest. Not only is the duality of a shadow-court inherently intriguing ("a castle with its king and all his courtiers who were real, yet without substance, moving always as a mir...
RedT Reads Randomly
RedT Reads Randomly rated it
4.5 When authors use real people as characters in their historical fiction, it matters how they treat those people.
author Susanna Kearsley agrees, and states it this way: "It's one of my personal quirks that I can't make a person a felon unless I'm convinced, from the records available, that's what he was. However long dead these people might be, they were – and remain – people first and as such they deserve to ...
RedT Reads Randomly
RedT Reads Randomly rated it
4.5
How could you not care about an author who treats her historic characters like this?: "It's one of my personal quirks that I can't make a person a felon unless I'm convinced, from the records available, that's what he was. However long dead these people might be, they were – – and remain – – peopl...
Literary Chanteuse
Literary Chanteuse rated it
I instantly liked Sara Thomas from the beginning. Her apprehensive behavior is intriguing and my interest in her continued as I read. The casual and subtle romance with Luc was much like a reward for both Sara and myself after I had become quite attached to her and wanted her to reach a happy ending...
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