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Henrietta was no one's enemy. She came to London from Boston in search of her father - a father thought lost to her until she discovered her aunt's treachery. Now armed with her mother's marriage papers, she set sail for England to prove her identity and, unknowingly, to gain a fortune - and a love - she had never dreamed of. Henrietta was too beautiful to ignore. Her wealthy father was enchanted with her. Her stepmother hated her on sight. And her stepbrother, Cedric, was an enigma. But nothing would stop Henrietta from becoming the talk of London society.

At all the elegant parties, at fashionable Almack's, at masquerade balls, everyone was agog with the lovely young American girl. There were a few, however, who longed to see her ruined....

Born near Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Pulitzer prize-winning poet Conrad Aiken and his first wife, the writer Jessie McDonald, Jane Hodge was 3 years old when her family moved to Great Britain, settling in Rye, East Sussex, where her younger sister, Joan, who would become a novelist and a children’s writer, was born. Their parents divorced in 1929.

From 1935, Jane Hodge read English at Somerville College, Oxford University, and in 1938 she took a second degree in English at Radcliffe College, her mother’s alma mater. She was a civil servant for a time, and also worked for Time magazine, before returning to the UK in 1947. Her works of fiction include historical novels and contemporary detective novels. In 1972 she renounced her United States citizenship and became a British subject.

For many years a believer in the right of people to end their own lives, Hodge chose to end her own by means of an overdose in June 2009. The Times obituary (pub. July 25, 2009) stated that she left "a letter expressing her deep distress that she had felt unable to discuss her plans with her daughters without risking making them accessories".

©1975 Jane Aiken Hodge (P)2013 Audible Ltd

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Enjoyable story, inexpert reader

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I had read this book years ago and am a fan of Jane Aiken Hodge. The audiobook reader, however, was not up to the job. This was full of mispronunciations and faulty emphasis. The characterizations were fine, so perhaps the reader would be OK for a non-historical story.

Would you be willing to try another one of Casey Holloway’s performances?

No!

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Worst perfomance ever

I'll have to read the book. I couldn't listen to this reader for more than twenty minutes before I had to give up.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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An okay story, poor performance

the story was not read well..sounded as if commas were everywhere. some words were mispronounced-- instead of 'her plait' the reader read 'her plate'.

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Great story, painful reading

I really enjoyed the storyline. I waned to know what happened. Kept me enthralled.
The reading however was the worst, I wanted to scream. I would never listen to this reader again.

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  • 12-18-15

Another terrible narrator

A weak Georgette Heyer copy. The narrator speaks as though she has only just learnt to read. Really awful. Having read the book years ago and enjoyed, it is a shock to listen to it being crucified by the narrator