Carousel of Hearts was indeed a merry-go-around. Star crossed lovers Antonia and Simon along with Adam and Judith are the featured players in this story.
The beauteous Antonia has the unique position of having inherited a barony along with the independence that only one with great wealth can claim - to the tune of 20,000 pounds a year. And, if we’re comparing – remember Darcy of "Pride and Prejudice" had only 10,000 per year? Lol – am I the only one who shall always compare the level of wealth amongst these folks to Darcy’s?
Back to the story at hand: When her cousin, Adam, whom Antonia had been raised with and thought she might marry some day, returns from India, she’s truly excited to see him again, having never quite understood the reasons behind his abrupt departure eight years previously. Although raised together, since Adam was the illegitimate son of a cousin of Antonia’s father it isn't difficult to guess at the reasoning behind his “abrupt” departure once they are all grown up. But, he’s back and he’s made some money of his own – apparently he’s quite the nabob, although he’s not a boastful man and Antonia only learns exactly how wealthy he is later in the book under circumstances I will not spoil.
Enter into the mix, the young widow, Judith, who has served as a type of companion and best friend to Antonia for a couple of years and Simon, a friend of Adam’s, who is surely the most handsome man Antonia and Judith have ever laid eyes upon – well, what we have are four people tossed together in a salad spinner.
Just when you think you have it all figured out as to who will wind up with whom, the salad is spun once again and then again. Okay, astute readers can probably figure it out straight away, but I wasn’t quite sure for awhile.
Not by any means Ms. Putney’s greatest work. Perhaps it had something to do with my having just completed the Poldark 12 book series all in the course of 10 days, but I found this book rather boring with very little charisma between the lovers.
- Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Penguin; Reissue edition (24 September 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451162676
- ISBN-13: 978-0451162670
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 90.7 g
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