On a bitter winter's day, an unnamed girl lies dangerously ill in hospital. When two coarse, rough-speaking individuals come to claim her, she can remember nothing of the events that brought her to her present state, not even her name. According to the men, she is their young sister, Lucy. As her health improves and her memory gradually returns, she realises she's been kidnapped. But she has no means of escaping the hideous confines of the filthy basement room in which they have imprisoned her in. They are hoping to claim her fortune as a ransom - for she is really Lucetta Froy, the daughter of a prosperous importer. Tragically her parents were drowned on the return voyage from Bali when their ship went down, but Lucetta survived as did the two villains.
She is unable to prove her identity, especially when her uncle refuses to recognise her and claims her father's business for himself. But despite being virtually destitute, and her spirit almost broken, Lucetta is determined to reclaim what is rightfully hers.
©2010 Dilly Court (P)2012 Magna Publishing, Random House Audiobooks
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"A wonderful listen"
This author is new to me and I am very pleased I found her! Overall a very good story and I must congratulate the narrator who made the characters come alive. If I had any criticism it would be that considering there was so much detail on a particular scene in earlier chapters, I would have liked a little more detail and "action" when the ragged heiress claims her inheritance back. That said, this does not detract from what to me was a thoroughly good listen and left me wanting more from this author. I highly recommend this book.
"A fantastic read"
Being blind, I can only read the audio version which I would highly recommend. Penelope Freeman is one of my favourite readers.
I would compare it to Louise Bagshawe's Glamour because the two books have heroines who were borne in to wealth, lost it all due to some misfortune and gained it back again.
Penelope Freeman always gives a highly commendable performance. Her accents are very convincing and her portrayal of characters are always accurate. I can not say that one of her performances was better than the other. I can only say that when I see her name as the reader of any book, I know I'm in for a treat! In fact, I downloaded this book not knowing the author's style or what the book was about, but I knew I would enjoy it because Penelope was reading it.
The girl with more than 9 lives.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book because of all the wonderful places it took me! Bali is certainly on my to do list now:-) On the other hand, It highlights the awful circumstances women endured before the women's rights movement because of the time it was written in. It also makes us aware of how vulnerable women were in those days and appreciate the life that we are able to live now.
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