The Sparks Fly Upward [NOOK Book]

Overview

Few of those Philippa loves in London return her affection. Not the love of her life, who has a new bride. Not even her widowed mother, Makepeace Burke. So Philippa decides on a marriage of convenience to a prudish, if kind, man.

Across the Channel in France, the Reign of Terror is causing the beheading of thousands from the French nobility. Among those in danger is Philippa's friend, the Marquis de Condorcet. Not only has Philippa the means ...
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The Sparks Fly Upward

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Overview

Few of those Philippa loves in London return her affection. Not the love of her life, who has a new bride. Not even her widowed mother, Makepeace Burke. So Philippa decides on a marriage of convenience to a prudish, if kind, man.

Across the Channel in France, the Reign of Terror is causing the beheading of thousands from the French nobility. Among those in danger is Philippa's friend, the Marquis de Condorcet. Not only has Philippa the means of rescuing him from the guillotine, she's got the courage. And as fate would have it, Philippa will find love where she least expects it-while staring death in the face.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440628696
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/5/2006
  • Series: Makepeace Hedley , #3
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 222,299
  • File size: 407 KB

Meet the Author

At twenty, Diana Norman became the youngest reporter on London's Fleet Street. Since retiring from journalism, she has taken up writing biographies and historical novels. She is married to a film critic and together they have two daughters.

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    The Reign of Terror has engulfed France with the festive activity being the beheading of the aristocracy by Madame Guillotine in England, though horrified by what is going on across the Channel, the Ton continues partying with no fear of their inferiors rising up. In that London atmosphere where Lord Andrew Ffoulkes hosts waltzes, Philipa feels alone with no one loving her. Her dad died two years ago and her mother Makepeace Hedley mourns her late spouse yet firmly believes she and her daughter must do useful things to help people at the cost of showing no affection towards Philippa. When the man Philipa loves marries someone else, the heartbroken young lady decides to settle on a marriage of convenience to a kind person that she knows she will never love. However, everything changes when Philipa learns her friend, the Marquis de Condorcet, has been arrested in Paris and his sisters are in hiding. Determined to heed her mother¿s advice to get involved, Philippa obtains a forged passport for the Marquis and arranges to get him to England. However, first she must get him out of the Bastille, which means she must journey to France where a date with Madame Guillotine awaits her if she is caught. --- More a historical novel than a late nineteenth century romance though a romantic subplot enhances the thriller, THE SPARKS FLY UPWARD is a vivid acute look at A Tale of Two Cities during the French revolution through the eyes of a lonely young woman caught in both worlds. The story line is filled with non-stop action yet it is the cast especially the intrepid forlorn heroine who captures the reader¿s attention as she risks her life for a friend while observing how immune the locals have become towards the public deaths. Fans will appreciate Philipa¿s saga echoing the Scarlet Pimpernel. --- Harriet Klausner

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