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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.
Posted June 7, 2014
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.