Scent of Cloves
The Dutch East Indies in the 17th century were the lands of legendary riches; of "nutmeg princes"; of fortunes built on barbaric plantations and slavery. And amid the extravagance, the cruelty and the bizarre customs, perhaps the strangest events of all were the curious weddings that sent girls halfway around the world to husbands they had never seen.
Julia took her "glove" - of yellow, pearl-sewn silk - and began the journey to the island of Rua, to a land of seeming paradise where nothing was exactly as it appeared.
This is a lovely romantic tale set in s Indonesia when the Dutch had a monopoly on the clove and nutmeg trade. I enjoyed the story thoroughly and the narrator was great BUT there's a crucial section missing.
I checked with the Kindle Unlimited print version and it's just not there. An unusual and interesting story of Julie Ashley a young woman who undertakes a "glove marriage" and sails to the island of Rua to be the wife of a man she has never met. The strength of the novel lies in the detail and historical period of when the Dutch East Indian Company was at it's peak. This is more a novel of suspense and mystery than of romance, although there is a romantic element to the story.
It is an engrossing well written novel and kept my interest throughout but I would have liked An unusual and interesting story of Julie Ashley a young woman who undertakes a "glove marriage" and sails to the island of Rua to be the wife of a man she has never met. It is an engrossing well written novel and kept my interest throughout but I would have liked a more detailed ending for some of the characters.
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Mar 17, Claude rated it really liked it Shelves: a , historical-fiction , uk. A very enjoyable historical novel that takes the reader from Ireland to Indonesia via Amsterdam, at the time of Cromwell. The first novel by Norah Lofts I have read, but certainly not the last one. Interesting characters, good story-telling that gets you involved right away. I found the end a bit weak, which is why I didn't give it five stars. Aug 21, Jeanette rated it really liked it.
First half was a 5, but the ending was a bit contrived. And yet the story of Maire's escape and saving of the protagonist as a babe was Cromwell century perfect.
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Also the Dutch sections and the entire voyage and adult life on that island had some of the best period descriptions and timely sensibilities that I've read for that part of the world or a tropical island environment as it was experienced 3 centuries ago. Few revisionists dithers at all here, Norah Lofts could have been writing a hundre First half was a 5, but the ending was a bit contrived. Few revisionists dithers at all here, Norah Lofts could have been writing a hundred years or more before she actually did write this one.
It's not as good as some of her others in plotting, but one of the best in natural world and dialect nuance. Jul 29, Shannon rated it it was amazing. Norah Lofts is my favorite author and she proves it over and over as I re-read her books and continue to admire her masterful insights into the human heart and its complex motivations. She is considered a writer of historical fiction, and she is, but her books go way, way beyond pleasant little stories in historical settings.
She uses historical detail to be sure, and I feel her backgrounds are accurate as well as interesting, entertaining and enlightening. However, it is her expositions behind Norah Lofts is my favorite author and she proves it over and over as I re-read her books and continue to admire her masterful insights into the human heart and its complex motivations.
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However, it is her expositions behind the plots that I find so intriguing for their incisiveness and clarity into the souls of her characters, to whom, no matter in what time period, I can so relate! It tells the story of a young girl rescued first by an Irish servant fleeing from the forces of Oliver Cromwell and next by a kindly Dutch sea-captain, who finally after many adventures which just seem inevitable rather than adventurous, ends up married to the severely mentally handicapped heir to a "Nutmeg Prince" in the Spice Islands of Indonesia.
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A breath taking plot to say the least, but it is her moral dilemmas which she faces with such courage and resolve that lift this book far above the realm of this genre. I tend to get this book mixed up with her other book about the spice islands.
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This one is a little too unbelievable for me. Aug 29, C. Julia Ashley, the child of English Royalists, narrowly escapes death as an infant when Cromwell attacks, then again from starvation at the age of eight. After years in an orphanage, a "glove" proxy marriage to the son of a merchant in the Dutch East India Company seems like a godsend. But she soon discovers dark secrets beneath the beauty and spices of a small Indonesian island Highly recommended.
Jan 30, Spitz rated it really liked it Shelves: historical. I learned about the Dutch nutmeg trade in the Western Indies in the 17th century. Very interesting. Entertaining Easy and entertaining read. Nice for escape on a summer afternoon with feet up and a nice cold glass of iced tea. Apr 02, Beverly Stotz rated it really liked it. Loved this! Was swept away from the beginning with the life of little Julia. More information about this seller Contact this seller 4. Condition: Acceptable. Seller Inventory mon More information about this seller Contact this seller 5.
Published by Hutchinson About this Item: Hutchinson, Pictorial jacket over black boards. Book is in better condition than most examples of this age. Neat, clean, well bound pages with very minimal foxing, tanning, water marks and thumbing. Small inscriptions and neat labels may be present.
Boards have mild shelf wear with light rubbing and corner bumping. Some light marking. Slight lean to spine. Fair wear to dust jacket with tears, nicks and creases to the spine, edges and corners. Foxing and tanning to jacket with light water marks. Seller Inventory LMA. More information about this seller Contact this seller 6. Pictorial jacket over black boards with gilt lettering to spine. Neat, clean, well bound pages with light foxing, tanning and thumbing. Some light marking and sunning. Seller Inventory CEB. More information about this seller Contact this seller 7.
Published by Corgi, London From: BooksinBulgaria Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria. About this Item: Corgi, London, Reprint; Second Printing. Some reading creases and edge wear, front endpapers becoming loose, paper toned. Mass Market PB.
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