By A Gentleman in Exile and A Lady in Disguise

eBook - 2008
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"Tis a small canvas, this Boston," muses Stewart Jameson, a Scottish portrait painter who, having fled his debtors in Edinburgh, has washed up on America's far shores. Eager to begin anew in this new world, he advertises for an apprentice, but the lad who comes knocking is no lad at all. Fanny Easton is a lady in disguise, a young, fallen woman from Boston's most prominent family. "I must make this Jameson see my artist's touch, but not my woman's form," Fanny writes, in a letter to her best friend. "I would turn my talent into capital, and that capital into liberty." Liberty is what everyone's seeking in boisterous, rebellious Boston on the eve of the American Revolution. But everyone suffers from a kind of blind spot, too. Jameson, distracted by his haunted past, can't see that Fanny is a woman; Fanny, consumed with her own masquerade, can't tell that Jameson is falling in love with her. The city's Sons of Liberty can't quite see their way clear, either. "Ably do they see the shackles Parliament fastens about them," Jameson writes, "but to the fetters they clasp upon their own slaves, they are strangely blind."
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385528535
Characteristics: 500 p. ;,25 cm
Additional Contributors: Lepore, Jill 1966-


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Mar 19, 2014

Novelist is really off with their recommendations of similar titles. Lepore and Kamensky are historians not authors who churn out bodice busters.
I never would have expected to like a book set in colonial New England this much, but this is a great story. I love painting, so a woman who strove so hard to be a painter in this era grabbed my interest. The anti-slavery theme was another plus, and the mystery and romance was a bonus. I started with the e-audio and missed John Lee a bit when I switched to the book, but the story got better and better.

StratfordLibrary Mar 22, 2013

Blind Date With a Book comment: "Excellent book."

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