Friday, April 9, 2010

Friday Finds at the Bookstore: The Lady and the Poet by Maeve Haran

Pub date: March 2010 (In Stores Now)
Format: Hardback 384 pp

Synopsis: (From the Publisher)
Set against the sumptuousness and intrigues of Queen Elizabeth I’s court, this powerful novel reveals the untold love affair between the famous poet John Donne and Ann More, the passionate woman who, against all odds, became his wife.

Ann More, fiery and spirited daughter of the Mores of Loseley House in Surrey, came to London destined for a life at the court of Queen Elizabeth and an advantageous marriage. There she encountered John Donne, the darkly attractive young poet who was secretary to her uncle, the Lord Keeper of the Great Seal. He was unlike any man she had ever met—angry, clever, witty, and in her eyes, insufferably arrogant and careless of women. Yet as they were thrown together, Donne opened Ann’s eyes to a new world of passion and sensuality.

But John Donne—Catholic by background in an age when it was deadly dangerous, tainted by an alluring hint of scandal—was the kind of man her status-conscious father distrusted and despised.

The Lady and the Poet tells the story of the forbidden love between one of our most admired poets and a girl who dared to rebel against her family and the conventions of her time. They gave up everything to be together and their love knew no bounds.


Celticlady's Reviews said...

I like the sound of this book, I put it on my wish list at Amazon!!

Anonymous said...

I've had my eye on this one too - looks to be very romantic.

Liz said...

I have to say, if nothing else, I love the cover! Shallow I know, but I'm in a shallow frame of mind today.

Take a look at Confucius Jade, which is set in China and involves 3 billionaires vying to acquire a fabulous jade carving of the Chinese God of Longevity. Adventure, intrigue, mystical powers, priceless gems -- all kinds of good stuff here in a great read, with strong female characters. I also love that the author is 89 and actively writing. (He is a certified gemologist, so he knows of what he speaks -- he and his wife traveled all over the world in search of fine jewelry, art and antiques.

Allie ~ Hist-Fic Chick said...

I have an ARC of this that I got over the summer, but I haven't read it yet. I love the cover!! It sounds like such a great story, but I haven't seen it publicized too much around the blogs. Reminds me I still have that one on my shelf! I haven't read an Elizabethan novel in a while...