Through a Glass Darkly by Karleen Koen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book took awhile to get into, it moved slowly through the beginning. Very detailed descriptions, which I appreciated later as I think it saved me some confusion during later events. I thought the characters were great. The plot was dark with a bit of light around the edges, making it an enjoyable read without becoming depressing. It was a lengthy book, which at some points made it intimidating. The historical fiction was dead on, between the rebuilding of France and the collapse of England's economy, the fashion and ethics of the time were on target.
Synopsis: Karleen Koen's sweeping saga contains unforgettable characters consumed with passion: the extraordinarily beautiful fifteen-year-old noblewoman, Barbara Alderley; the man she adores, the wickedly handsome Roger MontGeoffry; her grandmother, the duchess, who rules the family with cunning and wit; and her mother, the ineffably cruel, self-centered and licentious Diana. Like no other work, Through a Glass Darkly is infused with intrigue, sweetened by romance and awash in the black ink of betrayal.
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