September 13, 2010

Review: Emily Hudson by Melissa Jones



Inspired by an episode in Henry James's life-the story of an independent young woman's flight from convention.

After the start of the Civil War, Emily Hudson-an orphan who lost her family to consumption and fever-finds herself the begrudged guest at the home of her relatives in Newport. Emily's longing to be an artist is dismissed by her puritanical uncle, who wants nothing more than to rid himself of her through marriage. Her only friend is her aesthete cousin, William, an ailing young writer. When a promising engagement to the eligible Captain Lindsay is broken, William rescues Emily from an uncertain future by taking her to England. Lonely and desperate to escape her cousin-once her confidante, now her obsessively controlling patron-Emily sets out alone to meet her destiny in the eternal city of Rome.

Reminiscent of the novels of Edith Wharton,
Emily Hudson is an exquisitely told tale about a heroine struggling to be true to herself, and also find love in a society where only marriage or an independent income guaranteed a woman the freedom to do as she pleased.

This moving novel swept me off my feet. Emily has heart and fire. She's the type of person that every woman wants to have as a friend. Emily Hudson isn't a book you will read and forget, it will stay with you for years to come. Anyone who likes historical fiction should get their hands on this book.

Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
September 2, 2010
368 pages
$25.95 US







Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book for free from Penguin Group.  All opinions expressed are 100% mine.  If you purchase a book using my Amazon or Barnes and Noble link, I will receive a small portion of the purchase price.




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19 comments:

Kayla said...

I love history related books, so this sounds awesome!

Thanks for the review!

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holdenj said...

Sounds like a great period piece!

Colleen Turner said...

I saw this one on Goodreads and thought it sounded interesting. I love historical fiction so I will need to check it out!
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Amber said...

A strong heroine in an American historical fiction? I'm sold!

Bethie said...

Thanks for the review. Sounds like something I would enjoy.

lgm52 said...

Sounds like an engaging story..would love to read it!
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clenna said...

Good review - now i want to read this book. I like reading about the Civil War period but the strength of this woman to go it alone in another country makes me envious of her courage.

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clynsg said...

This one sounds like it might be a little more realistic than many when it comes to the realities of life for women during that period of history.

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lgm52 said...

I really enjoy Civil War era novels

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pmernick said...

Historical fiction is my favorite genre! Count me in - I'd love to win and read!
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allisonsbj3 said...

Sounds like an interesting read!

aalorenz said...

My mom would like this.

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Judy said...

Your review gave me a good feel for this book. I sounds like an interesting read for a rainy Sunday or before bed. Thanks.

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tallcapp said...

Theme of this book sounds somewhat Henry Jamesque. Would like to read.

Anonymous said...

I like historical fiction too!

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CherylS22 said...

I love to read historical fiction & it's been a while since I've picked up one of these books. This looks like a good story & I'd really like to read it!

Homemaker said...

I love books that bring you to another time and place...

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missrantsypants said...

I love historical novels!



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