A Catch of Consequence

A Catch of Consequence

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by Diana Norman
     
 

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Makepeace Burke, fishing one early morning in Boston Harbor, finds herself rescuing an English aristocrat who's been set on by a Patriot mob and dumped in the harbor to drown. Though Makepeace is a staunch Patriot herself and scorns the Englishman, the mob soon turns on her because of her act of charity, placing her life in peril. When the Englishman offers her a

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Makepeace Burke, fishing one early morning in Boston Harbor, finds herself rescuing an English aristocrat who's been set on by a Patriot mob and dumped in the harbor to drown. Though Makepeace is a staunch Patriot herself and scorns the Englishman, the mob soon turns on her because of her act of charity, placing her life in peril. When the Englishman offers her a lifeline, there seems no other course for Makepeace. Her journey with him across the Atlantic will change her life...

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Written in the style of the 18th century, this novel captures the tension between the colonies and England in the characters of Makepeace Burke and Lord Dapifer. Burke is an unconventional woman for her time period, a tavern keeper on the Boston waterfront in 1765. When she rescues a drowning British lord and takes him back to the tavern to nurse him, she runs afoul of the American revolutionaries. Out of gratitude that turns into love, Dapifer takes her to his ancestral home and she becomes the second Lady Dapifer on the trip to England. Unfortunately, the first Lady Dapifer does not recognize her divorce and causes great trouble. How that trouble is resolved and how Makepeace finds her place in the world comprise the pivotal emphasis of the novel. Personal, national and international conflicts abound in this historical fiction as do interesting characters of the time; some, like Sam Adams, well known and others not. The story is told with an air of authenticity, making this novel more than a history lesson, though there is history to be learned in its plot, and lessons to be learned in its history. KLIATT Codes: SA;Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2002, Berkley, 386p.,
— Nola Theiss
From the Publisher
"Makepeace is so irresistibly indomitable, readers will relish every moment of her unforgettable adventures."
-Booklist

"Moves at a cracking pace...An exhilarating sense of those times and their possibilities."
-The Daily Telegraph

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780007105458
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/01/2003
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.87(h) x (d)

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From the Publisher
"Makepeace is so irresistibly indomitable, readers will relish every moment of her unforgettable adventures."
-Booklist

"Moves at a cracking pace...An exhilarating sense of those times and their possibilities."
-The Daily Telegraph

Meet the Author

A former journalist, Diana Norman has written critically acclaimed biographies and historical novels. Under the pen name Ariana Franklin, she is also the author of the bestselling novels Mistress of the Art of Death and The Serpent's Tale.

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Catch of Consequence 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
eagle3tx More than 1 year ago
Historical Fiction. Insightful look at pre-Revolution Boston and late 18thC London society. Strong, independent female lead makes this book worth the read. The 12thC England Henry II 4-book series, Mistress of the Art of Death, is better.
Indy25 More than 1 year ago
I will not waste your time by a summary you can easily surmise from other reviews. The bottom line: I read a lot of historical fiction, and this was as solid a researched piece as I have read in quite some time. The cadence of the speech, the rich detail of people, places and things-the author did her legwork. For the first half of the novel, I was spellbound. The characters truly lived and breathed and I with them. The second act of the book failed to draw me (for reasons I cannot indulge without spoiling the plot), and for that reason, I have little interest in reading the sequel to this book. But if you are looking for a solid read and willing to wade through a bit of convoluted introspection, go ahead and buy this book. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
lazydayzmom More than 1 year ago
All of Diana Normans books are amazing and captivating. Her other books under the name Ariana Franklin are even more so. Her death this past year is a great loss in the literary world.
Nat-the-Cat More than 1 year ago
This was a Great book. I loved Makepeace, and my copy of this book will stay in my library.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a little slow to start, in my opinion, but once I got into it I couldn't put it down! Makepeace is a strong woman who is able to survive no mater what life hands her. I really enjoy historical fiction and this book did not disappoint.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1765 Boston, tavern manager Makepeace Burke despises the English crown and aristocracy for what they are doing to her and her fellow colonists. However, that does not stop the twenty-four year old from rescuing Sir Philip Dapifer from drowning in the Charles River. Her Good Samaritan deed leads to her ostracism from her friends and other patriots.

Philip falls in love with his savior and returns the favor by sneaking her on board a ship bound to England. They marry on the vessel, but Makepeace finds life in England worse than Boston because the locals treat her with scorn for being a Yankee. As she adapts to her new life, Makepeace stays true to her beliefs of equality across the Anglo Atlantic, between classes, and between genders.

Though in many ways Makepeace is an anachronism seemingly more suited o live in today¿s society than the pre-Revolutionary War era, readers will admire her spunk. The story line enables the audience to taste life just before the war in Boston and London with an emphasis on the disparity of opinions. This fascinating dual look at the dichotomy make for a vividly fine historical tale that shows Diana Norman can paint multiple perspectives without dismissing either side inside an entertaining romance.

Harriet Klausner