Molly Greeley

Teoksen The Heiress tekijä

3 Works 353 Jäsentä 28 arvostelua

Tekijän teokset

The Heiress (2021) 192 kappaletta
The Clergyman's Wife (2019) 105 kappaletta
Marvelous (2023) 56 kappaletta

Merkitty avainsanalla


Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA



What an interesting story told from the viewpoint of husband and wife. Petrus was born with hair covering his body. Abandoned, he was taken in by a woman and her grandson who cared for him, but then is kidnapped by pirates and finds himself as a "gift" to Henri, King of France and husband to Catherine de Medici. Here Petrus was educated but still treated as a "wild man" and was used as an amusement to the courtiers.

Queen Catherine arranges for him to be wed in order to produce more haired children for the court. Catherine (the wife) is the daughter of a merchant who has lost his wealth and has few options other than the nunnery. At first, both Petrus and Catherine are completely fearful of the other and both feel a great deal of shame although they are expected and do produce a daughter, also with hair covering her body.

The author does a wonderful job of portraying the French court and the pettiness of the royalty who are obsessed with oddities and treat people such as Petrus and the dwarves as pets. The pain, embarrassment, and anger of both Petrus and Catherine is well drawn.

The couple eventually manage to find a deep love for each other and their children, three of four born with body hair. The loss of their daughter to the court brought tears to my eyes.

The book is based upon a real couple in the court and a picture of a young French girl whose face is covered with hair. Loved the story and the writing and liked the way the chapters alternated between Petrus and Catherine.
… (lisätietoja)
Merkitty asiattomaksi
maryreinert | 2 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 19, 2023 |
Jane Austen would have enjoyed The Heiress as an extension of her book, Pride and Prejudice with the supportive character Anne de Bourgh. It takes place when Anne was born to Sir Lewis de Bourgh and Lady Catherine at their estate, Rosings Park - and ends there as well with her death. As an only child, she is the heir of her father's estate and since her mother and Aunt have told her she will marry her cousin who has an estate, this couple will be very wealthy. But we all know, life never goes according to the plan with health issues, love and relationships in the family. I read the pages quickly with so much suspense and smiled with "Ladies only need accomplishments when they are not secure in their prospects." The historical fiction is delightful and characters make you feel like you're watching every move. Anne used her independence and didn't miss a beat as she was told: "Your mind is like an arm or leg; it must be subjected to vigorous exercise or risk going soft."

My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this early copy.
… (lisätietoja)
Merkitty asiattomaksi
Jacsun | 12 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 16, 2023 |
This was a well thought out peek into Charlotte's life post P&P. A little heart-breaking, but also an engaging story that deserved to be told. A bit more full of description of gardens and woods than of dramatic story, this is a gentle read nonetheless.
Merkitty asiattomaksi
jax_hughes | 11 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 27, 2023 |



You May Also Like


Arvio (tähdet)
½ 3.6
Keskustelun kohteita

Taulukot ja kaaviot