The Winding Stair

The Winding Stair

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by Jane Aiken Hodge
     
 

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Juana Brett's hapless father has dragged her to England from her beloved home in Portugal. In Portuguese, she is not hindered by the stutter that plagues her when she speaks in English, and she is not at the mercy of her teasing stepsisters and icy stepmother. When Gair Varlow fixed his political machinations on her, he never expected to fall in love with her too.…  See more details below

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Juana Brett's hapless father has dragged her to England from her beloved home in Portugal. In Portuguese, she is not hindered by the stutter that plagues her when she speaks in English, and she is not at the mercy of her teasing stepsisters and icy stepmother. When Gair Varlow fixed his political machinations on her, he never expected to fall in love with her too. Pulling strings to get her an invitation back to Portugal, he knows he is sending her into danger.
For Juana, nothing could be better than going home. But as the threat of invasion by France hangs over her return, she has no idea how completely the political intrigue has taken hold of her Castle home, and soon finds herself amidst terrorists and spies.
Juana can trust no one, which is made all the more difficult when she is caught between the persistent courtship of her handsome cousin, and the draw she feels towards Gair Varlow. But all this is dimmed by the mystery and terror of the winding stair...

This swift historical romance was first published in 1968.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781448213986
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
01/23/2014
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
1
Sales rank:
121,702
File size:
3 MB

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Jane Aiken Hodge was born in Massachusetts to Pulitzer prize-winning poet, Conrad Aiken, and his first wife, writer Jessie McDonald. 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.
From 1935, Jane Hodge read English at Somerville College, Oxford University, and in 1938 she took a second degree in English at Radcliffe College in Massachusetts. She was a civil servant, 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.
Jane Aiken Hodge was born in Massachusetts to Pulitzer prize-winning poet, Conrad Aiken, and his first wife, writer Jessie McDonald. 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.

From 1935, Jane Hodge read English at Somerville College, Oxford University, and in 1938 she took a second degree in English at Radcliffe College. She was a civil servant, 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.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like that the heroine is not a beauty but a woman of substance. She still has much to learn about life and especially about men. She remembers Portugal as a child and returns to find it not so idyllic as she recalled. There are threats on her life, superstitious servants and a terrifying secret society called The Sons of the Star. She soon realizes that she can trust no one including her family that lives at the Castle on the Rock. Set during the Napoleonic Wars, Juana becomes drawn into spying not only to protect Portugal but the country she left behind and now misses--England. She must choose between two men, as well--the pale, cool Englishman, Gair Varlow, or her passionate Portugese cousin, Vasco de Mascarenhas.