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Morland Dynasty 19: The Hidden Shore Mass Market Paperback – May 1 1997
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In the Morland Dynasty Series, the majestic sweep of English history is richly and movingly portrayed through the fictional lives of the Morland family. The 22 volumes that comprise this elegantly produced series offer entertainment of the most compelling kind.
About the Author
Cynthia Harrod Eagles won the Young Writers' Award with her first novel, THE WAITING GAME and won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award with EMILY. She has written over 50 books including 29 volumes of the Morland Dynasty, which she will be taking up to present day.
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Start at the beginning (Book 1) otherwise it has no continuity. I like the fact there are so many linking descendants in these books and the history that is attached to every one of them.
Charlotte is brought up in poverty. When her father dies she discovers that he was the Earl of Chelmsford living in hiding because of disgrace in his past. Charlotte is the heiress to his title and one of the richest women in the country.
Charlotte soon becomes disillusioned with the vacuity of Victorian high society and devotes herself instead to working among the poor. Meanwhile she is torn between her love for two very different men, the Duke of Southport and the missionary Dr Anthony who assists her in her charitable work. Who will capture Charlotte's heart?
After reading the two preceeding books, The Poison Tree and The Abyss, which are very dark and foreboding, I was pleased and surprised to discover the very hopeful tone of this book. The main character, Charlotte, comes from such a very narrow life with her father and develops in a totally believable way into a strong woman who believes in making a difference - and the author has managed to still keep Charlotte totally understandable as a woman of the early Victorian era. I really dislike period fiction that has the female character thinking in too-twenty-first-century terms, because it's jarring and unrealistic. Charlotte's transformation is highly personal, and very realistic. I've read a lot of novels written in the mid-1800's, when this book is set, written by authors who were contemporary to that time, and this, I believe, is one of Ms Harrod-Eagles's strengths - she is able to get into the mindset of the people of those days. I love all the characters, all the turns that the story takes. Each book in the series seems to become better and better. I do highly recommend the entire series. Although some of the older books can be difficult to find, I've been able to get them all through Amazon - some on Kindle, some in paperback or hardback form. I very much look forward to reading the next book.