A remarkable, sparkling historical novel by the author of A Catch of Consequence.
Diana Norman's second book for us is another brilliant, stylish historical novel. Even though it is set in the eighteenth century, this novel, like her previous one, A Catch of Consequence, has rare contemporary echoes.
Two women, both searching for apparently missing people, meet in the chaos of wartime Plymouth. Britain is at war with the French and the rebellious American colonies. But where the French captured by the British navy are recognized prisoners of war, the Americans are the non-combatants of their era.
One woman, a young aristocrat recently saved by the death of her husband from a brutal marriage, is searching for the imprisoned son of a colonial friend: the other, a self-made woman, is looking for her daughter and companions, rescued from their destroyed ship but somehow lost on arrival in Britain.
The journey of discovery both women make through docks and prisons, government offices and brothels, palatial houses and smugglers hideaways, not only allows them to find the missing persons but also to forge an unlikely friendship and to find remarkable lovers. Finding liberty for others leads them to splendid liberty for themselves.
`Diana Norman creates an exhilarating sense of these times and their possibilities.' Daily Telegraph
`A sparkling historical novel.' Sunday Tribune
`Diana Norman wears her erudition lightly...Moves at a cracking pace with a stunning denouement.' The Times
Diana Norman is married to film critic Barry Norman, and lives in Hertfordshire.