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Review: The Black Pearl, by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles


# 5: The Black Pearl: 1660 to 1666.
On the eve of the Restoration, the Morland family, led by Ralph, finds itself in reduced circumstances, and eager to regain lost property once King Charles returns to take his throne. Annunciata, age 15, has higher aspirations than marriage to her cousin Kit; and she goes to London, to take part in court life there. This was my introduction to the Morland Dynasty, and I have to say that it didn't disappoint! Harrod-Eagles makes English history accessible while at the same time creating an engaging, entertaining plot and characters. Although there are characters in The Black Pearl that appeared in The Oak Apple, I found that it wasn't completely necessary to read them first--although I will, since the series is such a treat.

Also reviewed by: A Work in Progress, Shelf Love

Comments

Teresa said…
I haven't quite gotten to the point where I'm feeling addicted, but after three books, I'm enjoying the series a lot. (I've been reading in order--one a month is the plan.)
Thanks for the review...I've been eyeing these for quite some time. I think the time has come to finally succumb to the inevitable. Plus I love a good series and these would more than satisfy.
Veronica said…
Oh my gosh, I've never heard of this series, but just from your description I'm thinking this is going to be a new true love for me. Thanks for the introduction!
You caught my attention with this one...I've never heard of the series. I'm going to go look them up now! Thanks!
Teddy Rose said…
You are so bad, B-A-D! I was blissfully unaware of this series until you went and brought it up! I just added the first book to my TBR.

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