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Posted December 13, 2012
A well-detailed atmosphere of the Regency period with colorful c
A well-detailed atmosphere of the Regency period with colorful characters. We share the trials and tribulations of the main character, Lizzie, who learns painful life lessons, as she embarks on many adventures. Through it all, her love of family and theater stay strong. A fun epic read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted June 14, 2012
This was a surprise novel. I was hooked the minute I first started the book. It is well written, has history, both in the Theater genre and the World events of the time and then some. It also has drama, humor and a little too much sexual detail for my taste, but believable none the less.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I have enjoyed Susan and later Bill Hayes on Days for 42 years and am delighted when they make an appearance. This was a winner. A faithful fan.
Posted June 13, 2012
An Entertaining Epic
With all their years spent in the emotional and melodramatic world of soap operas, the Hayes' have created a work that brings the soap opera to life in this vast and sweeping epic full of emotional highs and lows set amongst real-life historical events. For a young woman full of hopes and dreams the travails of life drastically change her and create a memorable journey for us readers that doesn't end after the final page is turned.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Elizabeth Trumpet has always been full of life with dreams to follow in her father's theatrical footsteps. Due to a sad string of unfortunate events, she finally gets her chance to be on stage and under the tutelage of numerous larger than life characters she becomes the toast of the town. When she reaches this pinnacle though, things are not as perfect as she thought they'd be and girlish dreams morph into harsh reality. Events soon spiral out of control and take the reader on a journey spanning the globe that leaves you breathless with anticipation.
For the most part, I found Elizabeth a likable character and rooted for her to succeed every moment. Because of my jaded maturity, I did find her early naivete a bit annoying and feared for her future because of her caring and overly generous heart. As fate dealt her some heavy blows, a more mature Lizzie emerged that I found much easier to relate to and admire. In fact many of the women in this book were admirable in their strength in adversity and their ability to rise above hardships. Too bad many of the men didn't fare as well. Many of the male characters were weak willed, petty, with overly tender egos. More often than not, these men were wrapped in pretty packages, so determining hero from villain wasn't always easy. This is where Lizzie's heart gets her in the most trouble. Her girlish fantasies and heroic dreams caused her to be blind to many apparent truths and led to great heartache.
I found myself sucked into this world early on with its vivid scenic descriptions and varied and larger than life characters. Real-life historical events were seamlessly incorporated into this story to cause even more nail biting moments on this emotional rollercoaster ride. There's a nice bit of romance too woven into this epic, but nothing overly blatant. Emotions run high from page one and just when you think Lizzie has found her HEA new truths arise that lead to even more turmoil. With a cliffhanger at the very end I'm on pins and needles waiting for the next chapter in Lizzie's life and hope that the Hayes' bring us back to this world soon.