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Emma Drummond / Elizabeth Darrell

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Misfit
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Emma Drummond / Elizabeth Darrell

Postby Misfit » Thu October 28th, 2010, 4:41 pm

This author was mentioned by EC and Michy over at comments on the Zemindar review and I thought I'd start a thread here. I'm intrigued, as her settings seem to be India, Russia, Crimean War and more. I've got two on hold at the library so I'll let you know. Anyone else read her books?
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Postby annis » Fri October 29th, 2010, 3:17 am

Read the Emma Drummond books a zillion years ago, but not the Emma Darrell ones :) There is a trilogy which follows the fortunes of the Ashleigh family (see lIst at FF) and various other standalone novels. Two of my favourites (as I recall) were That Sweet and Savage Land and Beyond All Frontiers, set in British India.

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Postby Misfit » Fri October 29th, 2010, 2:20 pm

"annis" wrote:Read the Emma Drummond books a zillion years ago, but not the Emma Darrell ones :) There is a trilogy which follows the fortunes of the Ashleigh family (see lIst at FF) and various other standalone novels. Two of my favourites (as I recall) were That Sweet and Savage Land and Beyond All Frontiers, set in British India.


Thanks Annis. I have a hold at the lib for Beyond all Frontiers and one other. They do have the trilogy as well.
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Postby Michy » Fri October 29th, 2010, 2:57 pm

As I recall, Beyond All Frontiers was the one I liked best. That's probably a good one to start with. I recall enjoying Bridge of a Hundred Dragons, also -- it's set in Shanghai in the 1920s.

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Postby Misfit » Sun November 7th, 2010, 3:06 pm

Just finished Beyond all Frontiers last night. Loved it, and ready to try more. Review here.
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Postby annis » Sun November 7th, 2010, 5:53 pm

Glad you enjoyed it, Misfit.

Thought I might just add the list of ED novels from the British Empire site as the synopses are quite useful. It can be quite hard sometimes to find out the details of these older books:
http://www.britishempire.co.uk/library/drummond.htm


Edited to say that Andrew Macallan wrote quite a good historical adventure featuring the retreat from Kabul, called Fanfare:
Fighting for his country, Ben develops the Fanfare - a weapon that makes his fortune and dramatically changes the face of the war. Again and again his path crosses with Mary Jane's. Their lives are frequently at risk, but their courage and resourcefulness help them to survive until they are reunited on a dangerous journey to the heart of Afghanistan.


There's another novel lurking at the back of my mind as well, can't remember the title, though it might be best forgotten - I recall that it was rather Alan Savage-ish and featured a beautiful, wicked maharani with sadistic tendencies who seduces both the hero and the heroine and tortures her maids for fun!
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Postby Misfit » Tue November 9th, 2010, 10:19 pm

Annis, I hope you don't recall that Savage-ish book. I don't think I want to be tempted ;)

Finished Forget the Glory. Another winner, and I loved the female perspective in this. Review here.

I've got Scarlet Shadows coming via PBS in the next week or so. That one has Constantinople and Balaclava (sp?) as the backdrop.
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Postby Michy » Wed November 10th, 2010, 12:19 am

I don't think I ever read Scarlet Shadows. Hmmm, maybe I'll give it a try.....

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Postby Misfit » Wed November 10th, 2010, 12:40 am

"Michy" wrote:I don't think I ever read Scarlet Shadows. Hmmm, maybe I'll give it a try.....


I am so glad you and EC mentioned her or I might never have found it, thank you. Stirred up a lot of interest over at Goodreads amongst my friends. This really is what I like to see in a book. A good strong historical setting, real people and a good love story that isn't filled with gratuitous sex.
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Postby Michy » Wed November 10th, 2010, 1:55 am

I am so glad you like her. :) :) Actually, I mentioned her several months ago -- it was on one of the other threads here, you were asking for books set in the Crimea. Although at that time I couldn't remember the title (it was Forget the Glory) so my post was not very helpful or memorable! I like the same things in a book, which is why I pretty much stick to old stuff.......


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