The last Wednesday of every month — except October and November — will feature a a book from the Daughters of England series by Philippa Carr. Besides Goodreads and Fantastic Fiction, the source for some of the book covers is Eleanor Alice Burford Hibbert (aka Jean Plaidy, Victoria Holt, Philippa Carr), a very useful fan site. Included on the site is a nifty family tree on the bottom of the page. Consider it a SPOILER for the series.
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As I sat thinking about what I would write for this Spotlight On. . ., it occurred to me that yes, my memory was correct and that I my first introduction to this series was the third book (I was pretty sure, but sometimes I second guess my memory). This is significant because I already knew all about Jake and Catharine’s relationship before reading The Lion Triumphant and was prepared for Jake’s personality ahead of time.
During my last attempt to do a re-read of the series, I started reading this book, but lost interest shortly after starting it. I’m curious to see if I will be able to finish it this time. Back then, in the early 2000s, I was in extended reading slumps — reading too much of one author or genre and getting burnt out; looking for something . . . different . . . and not being able to find it because I didn’t really know what I was really looking for. I was also attempting to do a character guide/reference-type database of the series — so I was making it a chore instead of a fun activity. I’m giving myself permission, if needed, to stop reading it if I’m not enjoying it and continue on with the next book, per my schedule.
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Title: The Lion Triumphant
Author: Philippa Car
Series: Daughters of England #2
Genre: Historical Romance, Historical Fiction
From Goodreads: Catharine, smarting from the bitter blow which deprived her of her lover, meets the lusty sea Captain Jake Pennlyon, who makes it clear that he allows nothing to come between him and his desires. Catharine is the chief of these and the battle between two strong-willed and tempestuous people is fought out in the shadow of the growing rivalry between Spain and England.
Catharine delights in outwitting the man who would subdue her and before he can have his way a mysterious abduction takes place. A captive on a Spanish galleon, Catharine experiences the terrors of the sea and makes the acquaintance of the mysterious and dignified Don Felipe. In the Hacienda she discovers the reason for her capture and what is demanded of her, which bears out the fact that Jake Pennlyon is a man whose life is inextricably interwoven with her own.
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Inspired by the many weekly memes about books.
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