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Friday, March 13, 2015

Book Review: For the Love of the Duke by Christi Caldwell

Book Review For the Love of the Duke by Christi Caldwell

Woodsworth and Byron in the Heart of a Duke

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For the Love of the Duke is a historical fiction novel set sometime in the 17th to 19th century when the Thames River of London would freeze over. During this time winters where significantly colder in London than they are now. This time was known as the Little Ice Age. To celebrate Christmastide, what the book and that period fondly referred to as the winter or Christmas season, merry goers would brave the chill air with a little cup of alcohol to enjoy the Frost Fairs. At the time the River Thames would freeze over and they would walk an elephant across to prove it was solid. Then peddlers would set up tents of trinkets and goodies to sell, this would have seemed a lot like any other festival combined with a farmers market.

The first recorded frost fair was in 1608. The most celebrated frost fair occurred in the winter of 1683–84 and was described by John Evelyn:  

Coaches plied from Westminster to the Temple, and from several other stairs too and fro, as in the streets; sleds, sliding with skeetes, a bull-baiting, horse and coach races, puppet plays and interludes, cooks, tipling and other lewd places, so that it seemed to be a bacchanalian triumph, or carnival on the water.

A Lovely Story that Starts at the Frost Fair

The book begins at the Frost Fair with two twin sisters in search of a trinket that promises a magical token to bring the wearer love. The book is fairly upbeat considering the amount of strife and peril the main characters endure. This novel of love, poetry, and passion offers a glimpse into the past while sticking to a pretty typical template for this type of love story. I love the underlying theme and repeated mention of Wordsworth and Byron.

I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who likes romantic novels set back in time.

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Behold the Liquid Thames frozen o’re,

That lately Ships of mighty Burthen bore

The Watermen for want of Rowing Boats

Make use of Booths to get their Pence & Groats

Here you may see beef roasted on the spit

And for your money you may taste a bit

There you may print your name, tho cannot write

Cause num'd with cold: tis done with great delight

And lay it by that ages yet to come

May see what things upon the ice were done

Read the book February 16, 2015.

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