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The Marigold Chain de Stella Riley
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The Marigold Chain (edição: 2012)

de Stella Riley

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England 1666; the year all the prophecies said the world would end.For Chloe Hervaux, marriage to wild, unpredictable Alex Deveril offers escape from a home she hates. For Alex, waking up with an epic hangover, the discovery that he has acquired a bride is an unwelcome shock. But while the marriage remains in name only, other forces are gathering.England is at war with the Dutch and Prince Rupert suspects that sabotage is at work in the fleet. Instructed to find and stop the traitor, Alex enters a dark, secret labyrinth of intrigue - where no life is safe and nothing is what it seems.Chloe, meanwhile, navigates the shark-infested waters of Charles 11's licentious Court and plots a course of her own aimed at financial independence. But as the diverse facets of Mr Deveril's personality are gradually revealed, her mock-marriage becomes fraught with difficulties - the greatest of which is Mr Deveril himself.Absorbed in his search for a traitor, Alex spares little thought for personal matters and less for his bride. But as the flames of the Great Fire sweep over London, he and Chloe face their ultimate test. Their world is at risk ... their choices may save it.The Marigold Chain is a richly-woven tale of intrigue, danger and love set against a backdrop of Restoration England during the year expected to be Doomsday.… (mais)
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Título:The Marigold Chain
Autores:Stella Riley
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This was my second Stella Riley, and while I loved the Black Madonna (my first) in the end, the beginning was so heavily historical with so many characters I am not sure I could have done it without the buddy read.


For this, I decided to change course and use a narrator and read along or just listen. I also buddy read this one, but fell in love with Alex (according to my buddies, maybe this is unusual) immediately. I was also engaged in the book immediately. In fact, the way the storyline and romance was paced I absolutely adored...until about 75%. Then I got a little impatient. We did get to know and see so many nuances in the characters it ultimately didn't matter, but I was left feeling this was heavily historical fiction (and great at that) with a side of romance.


The more accessible nature of this novel, however, left me appreciating Riley's gorgeous writing, and her subtlety in building characters. The romance is, indeed, built in moments and precious few at that, but the characters are all so lovely it doesn't matter. This all reinforces that while I believe Riley is a complete force-such a strong storyteller- I have to be ready to read her and for the pacing to be heavily grounded in real life and not fantastical romance.


Despite all this, the romance is built in moments and through characters which I love, with the heaviest bits backloaded. the last 6% holding the majority of it, and the last 15% nearly all of it.


In the end, I haven't discussed that I adored Alex and Chloë and the secondary characters as well or why. Alex is an impertinent, self-aware, difficult jackass. Of course, this means I love him. He also has a sense of responsibility, isn't a hedonist, and is ultimately kind-hearted and moral. In Chloë, he met a woman who was witty yet innocent, demanding yet forgiving, and who also did not rest or give in to indulgent self-wallowing. She realizes her love for Alex is unrequited and likely to remain so in one of my favorite parts of the book, and rather than wallow, she accepts it and moves on ultimately, this strength and matter-of-fact manner make her a lovely, smart, and grounded match for Alex. Throw in her unassuming manner and she's just a delight.

The narration is excellent, and I'll gladly pick up another Wyndham... Or Riley/Wyndham... Because it's a great combination. ( )
  samnreader | Jun 27, 2020 |
The year is 1666, the setting Oxford. The monarchy has been restored, and the English Civil Wars have come to an end. Alexander Deveril, long-time soldier and Cavalier, dispossessed of his ancestral home by a scheming cousin while off fighting for his king, finds that his lady love intends to wed another, more affluent man. In a state of drunken rage, he wins the hand of half-French Chloe Herveaux in a card game with her brother, and the two find themselves unexpectedly married. Determined to eventually annul the marriage, they nevertheless remain together and head to London, where Chloe dabbles in becoming a shipping merchant and Alex becomes caught up in an assignment to track down the traitor and spy sabotaging England's naval campaigns against the Dutch. Their growing attachment to each other plays out against the backdrop of dramatic historical events, culminating in the Great Fire of London...

Originally published in 1983, and recently revised and rereleased, The Marigold Chain is the fifth novel I have read from British author Stella Riley, and the second, after A Splendid Defiance, that was more historical adventure with romance, than romance novel per se. I didn't love it quite as much as A Splendid Defiance, but I did find it very enjoyable. Alex is a mercurial character, sometimes appealing, sometimes obnoxious, and Riley captures him in all his ambiguous glory. Chloe is also an interesting character, falling in love with her husband almost from the start, but remaining interested in her widening circle of friends, and in her own activities. Perhaps one of the reasons their story didn't speak to me as strongly as that of Justin and Abigail, in A Splendid Defiance, is that there is very little of Alex's perspective, until the very end of the book. I suspect that this was done to build tension, as Chloe's feelings are disclosed to the reader early on, but it left me with the feeling that there was something missing here. Apparently Riley's story here owes much to Dorothy Dunnett's Lymonde Chronicles, but being unfamiliar with those books, I cannot comment, save to say that perhaps I should track them down. As for this, I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical fiction and/or historical romance. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Jun 16, 2020 |
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England 1666; the year all the prophecies said the world would end.For Chloe Hervaux, marriage to wild, unpredictable Alex Deveril offers escape from a home she hates. For Alex, waking up with an epic hangover, the discovery that he has acquired a bride is an unwelcome shock. But while the marriage remains in name only, other forces are gathering.England is at war with the Dutch and Prince Rupert suspects that sabotage is at work in the fleet. Instructed to find and stop the traitor, Alex enters a dark, secret labyrinth of intrigue - where no life is safe and nothing is what it seems.Chloe, meanwhile, navigates the shark-infested waters of Charles 11's licentious Court and plots a course of her own aimed at financial independence. But as the diverse facets of Mr Deveril's personality are gradually revealed, her mock-marriage becomes fraught with difficulties - the greatest of which is Mr Deveril himself.Absorbed in his search for a traitor, Alex spares little thought for personal matters and less for his bride. But as the flames of the Great Fire sweep over London, he and Chloe face their ultimate test. Their world is at risk ... their choices may save it.The Marigold Chain is a richly-woven tale of intrigue, danger and love set against a backdrop of Restoration England during the year expected to be Doomsday.

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