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The Lost Duchess by [Barden, Jenny]
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Emme Fifield has fallen about as far as a gentlewoman can.

Once a lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth, her only hope of surviving the scandal that threatens to engulf her is to escape England for a fresh start in the New World, where nobody has ever heard of the Duchess of Somerset.

Emme joins Kit Doonan’s rag-tag band of idealists, desperados and misfits bound for Virginia. But such a trip will be far from easy and Emme finds her attraction to the mysterious Doonan inconvenient to say the least...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2436 KB
  • Print Length: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital (7 November 2013)
  • Sold by: PRH UK
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DW4LBKE
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #272,183 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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From it's shocking and gripping opening chapter of this novel by author Jenny Barden, the reader is hooked. I could not help but feel empathy for the heroine's plight and her need to start a new life away from the scandal that threatens to destroy her life through no fault of her own. So she finds a way to escape to the New World via a ship of settlers. It is to the infamous Roanoke that they are to venture to, where the mystery of what happened to its inhabitants has yet to be understood. What follows is a wonderfully complex story of intrigue, mystery, hardship, and betrayal.
There is not one, but two horrible villains, and a wonderfully smart, savvy hero named Kit Doonan, that one cannot help but like. I was impressed with the author's historical research that really brought to life the struggles early settlers faced in America. The heroine, Emme, is also portrayed with credibility and empathy. This book is definitely an adventure story with strong elements of danger and a definite love story weaved therein. With its roots in Colonial America as wells as Elizabethan England, there is much to enjoy if one loves history. A nicely written novel with a compelling story!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xabdd50d8) out of 5 stars 17 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xab5251b0) out of 5 stars Barden Offers Plausible and Exciting Solution to Lost Colony of Roanoke 3 June 2014
By Erin Al-Mehairi - Published on Amazon.com
I have been intrigued and slightly obsessed since my teen years with the fate of the 'Lost Colony of Roanoke,' which in the late 1500s became the first English colony in America. Studying more of this era from the Colonial American stand point in high school and for my BA degree in History here in the U.S., I mostly looked at it from an American soil standpoint. I haven't delved as much yet into the background information from the Elizabethan England side of the adventure of colonization.

When I saw the British author and historian Jenny Barden had a book publishing this month that surrounded a lady-in-waiting, Emme, from Queen Elizabeth's I court who joined the team heading to Roanoake, I jumped at the chance to hear their side, so to speak, of Sir Walter Raleigh's quest to the New World.

Jenny opens her sophomore novel, The Lost Duchess, with emotion and heart-wrenching prose that instantly connected me to her protagonist, Emme. Queen Elizabeth I was rather known for her explosive temper, a little like her father, and her impulsive and selfish needs. When something horrible happens to Emme, she is shamed and has to squelch her feelings so as not to anger her queen, for which she serves in close company.

Though Elizabeth I was known for pretty much treating her friends, her ladies-in-waiting, like servants who were to be at her every beck and call, even to the point of not having sex or getting married, Elizabeth was also given to mercy and the emotional needs of her friends as well. As she lets Emme take the voyage to the New World, Emme is given a chance to run from any shame she might have otherwise endured and start her life anew.

The novel is so well-researched and the characters fully dimensional. I felt connected to each of them and felt they were authentic and accurate, even those who were truly from the history books. As Jenny introduces one of her secondary characters from her first novel, Kit, a romance ensues between Emme and he. I felt as if I was reading the tale of two soul mates who fall in love on an epic adventure, not knowing what lied ahead of them in the future.

Jenny's book was full of mystery and intrigue, which made a great historical novel that I didn't want to put down. I liked how she incorporated into the story some of the most up-to-date findings about the Roanoke colony. She offers readers a plausible outcome to a long sought after mystery. Of course, some things are still unanswered, but well...they are unanswered in the history books so while she gives us a possible version, she also lets the novel open to breathe and for readers to come to their own conclusions as well.

I would highly recommend The Lost Duchess to any historical fiction lovers of the Tudor Era but who want a new twist or unique players and storyline or to a readers who like Colonial America history, adventure, and epic novels of histories lost mysteries. It was fully well-written in plot development, character structure, and full of vibrant details that made you feel propelled into the story.

Taking Elizabethan England and the wild, lush land of Virginia and converging them together really gave insight into two totally different worlds and the curiosity of men to explore and conquer. I felt the ocean mist on my face, the heart beat of abandon, the remote environment of the Caribbean, and the hardships of pioneering new land.

This is definitely a book I'll put on my shelves under Colonial America, as more books need written about this time period (ah, which of course is why I am writing one from the 1600s)! It's from a unique perspective, but one that can serve as an example of solidly written historical fiction of this time period. It's full of historical research and details so that it is a wonderful resource and will be a joy to re-read whenever I feel my craving for the mystery of Roanoke start to surface once more.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for honest review.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xabc22c78) out of 5 stars A gripping story of Colonial America 17 January 2014
By The Curious Dame - Published on Amazon.com
From it's shocking and gripping opening chapter of this novel by author Jenny Barden, the reader is hooked. I could not help but feel empathy for the heroine's plight and her need to start a new life away from the scandal that threatens to destroy her life through no fault of her own. So she finds a way to escape to the New World via a ship of settlers. It is to the infamous Roanoke that they are to venture to, where the mystery of what happened to its inhabitants has yet to be understood. What follows is a wonderfully complex story of intrigue, mystery, hardship, and betrayal.

There is not one, but two horrible villains, and a wonderfully smart, savvy hero named Kit Doonan, that one cannot help but like. I was impressed with the author's historical research that really brought to life the struggles early settlers faced in America. The heroine, Emme, is also portrayed with credibility and empathy. This book is definitely an adventure story with strong elements of danger and a definite love story weaved therein. With its roots in Colonial America as wells as Elizabethan England, there is much to enjoy if one loves history. A nicely written novel with a compelling story!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xabd22348) out of 5 stars Fabulous historical tale! 13 December 2014
By Gizzimomo Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
If you only gave the book a cursory look you could be forgiven for thinking this one another in a long line of books set with the Tudor Court of Queen Elizabeth I but you'd only be partially right in this assumption and might be in for a surprise while reading it. Yes, it does begin in the Elizabethan court but there is much more to it than that and it's a unique tale for me, nothing that I've read before and that's something I am very thankful for.

The central character is Emme Fifield, one of the Queen's ladies in waiting and after a rather unpleasant encounter with Lord Hertford her life is turned upside down. After a chance encounter with the mysterious mariner, Kit Doonan, Emme finds herself wanting to change her life completely and to do that she needs to remove herself from the rules and restrictions placed on her by the Queen. So in an effort to do so she finds herself on a ship heading for the New World and the infamous Roanoke. Anyone who knows the history of the New World and the English colonists will know the story of the Roanoke settlement and how the colonists vanished but how do you feel about exploring one possibility to explain it?

Well you should read this then as THAT is what this book is really about, throw in a handful of romance between beautiful Emme and dashing Kit and you have a truly wonderful historical novel.... I hate to name anything I read as a romance book as I don't do romance but love historical based novels (yes, they boil down to the same thing but my brain doesn't think so, so shhhhhhh don't tell!).

Emme is a strong character but also a very soft one, she knows what she wants and needs to do to make her life the one she wants but often struggles with her own emotions and for good reason considering what has happened to her (no spoilers here!). You watch her grow into a very strong and independent women and fall deeply for the handsome Kit. Kits is a very interesting man indeed, he has the usual troubled past but it is an interesting one that I really would have liked to hear a bit more detail about but you get enough to make his back story a good one, he opens himself up to Emme but keeps getting the door slammed in his face, eventually he breaks through and the romance between them is a touching tale and one they both deserve! Other characters in the book are based on the real colonists including the first English person born in the new world, Virginia Dare (who Emme helps to bring into the world!)

This is the first novel I've read by Jenny Barden but I do find myself curious to read more as she is a wonderful talent. Saying that I might not have found her by myself so thanks to Dizzy C's Book Blog's blog review of the book back last year that bought this book and author to my attention as without you I wouldn't have requested this book from Netgalley and might have never read it! And that would have been very sad as it's a wonderful read, full of intrigue, hardship, fear, love, wonder and adventure, a truly exceptional mix of so many emotions that make for an exceptional book and one that I would recommend for anyone who likes their 'period drama' book as much as I do.

In conclusion, it may not be quite the book you expect at first glance but by the time you reach the end you really won't care as you'll have read something really classy that had put you right through the emotional wringer, wonderful, wonderful, WONDERFUL!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xab73a438) out of 5 stars A wonderfully written story! If you love reading about the early colonies in America, you will love this book. 17 June 2014
By smhopkins - Published on Amazon.com
The Lost Duchess holds several meanings for me. I love my countries history and I’m fascinated with the early settlers who came to the new world. The history holds such a profound interest to me not only because I love knowing about people of the past, how they lived and built a new world but because this countries founding history is engrained in my own family ancestry.

I have read several books about the early colonies where the story begins with the settlers already here. This story begins in England with a young lady named Emme who is a lady of Queen Elizabeth’s court in the sixteenth century. Emme falls prey to a titled man and desperate to escape him designs a plan to leave England and make the long journey to the new world. Emme endures many hardships along the way and quickly develops an attraction to one of the men sailing with her named Kit Doonan-who has happen to have quite a life to say the least. When they arrive to the new world they find themselves not only striving to learn and endure the everyday life of a world that is unknown to them but a race for survival.

Emme is a woman of courage and strength and a person to admire. I was truly caught up in her story and her plight. I couldn’t read fast enough to see what she would do next and the outcome of her decisions and actions.

This story also explores the lost colony of the Roanoke. One that I have always been intrigued with and I have always had my suspicions of what happen to the colony and I have to admit I was impressed with the author’s rendition of the story. I recommend you read this book to find out what it is….and you will be caught up in the adventure of Emme and Kit as much as I was.

I thoroughly enjoyed the pace of this story and the beautiful descriptions throughout. This story meant so much to me that I still have this book on my night stand. That says a lot right there…..and the book cover, beautiful!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xab7dcb58) out of 5 stars Loved it! 11 June 2014
By Kimberly Sue - Published on Amazon.com
“The Lost Duchess” by Jenny Barden is an excellent work of historical fiction. I enjoyed reading it from beginning until end! Emme’s character is great. She is the type of character that you are rooting for from the beginning of the novel. She goes through so much hardship, but is such a strong person that she is able to pull through whatever is put in her way. She is definitely braver than most women of that time, I doubt many women would push to go across the world to start a new colony! It’s crazy to think of a woman at that time traveling across the ocean without a husband. I also enjoyed the instant attraction between Kit and Emme. They are a perfect fit, and the chemistry between them is awesome. Kit comes across as a hard adventurer, who doesn’t have time for love, but Emme changes all of that. Kit hasn’t allowed anyone into her heart since his last “wife” died, but Emme is able to get him to open up to love again. The author did a great job with descriptions and imagery. You could really visualize the surroundings in the new settlement, and also the different indian tribes and villages. She also did an awesome job at keeping me on the edge of my seat during the battle between the Indians and the colony! I could hardly breathe as the planning for the battle and the actual battle were going on. I had no idea what was going to happen, and was actually nervous for the outcome of the battle!
I would definitely recommend this novel to any fan of historical fiction. Not only do you get the English viewpoint in this novel, but you also get the viewpoint of some of the different indian tribes. I was interested throughout, and can’t imagine that any one will be disappointed with this novel.

I give “The Lost Duchess” a solid FIVE out of FIVE stars.