|Plot Summary of Never Trust a Lady|
Bantam, Aug 2003, 6.50, 320 pp.
In 1861 Lady Eva Sparrow flees the boredom of aristocratic Victorian England to explore the United States. Her plan is to travel from New York to Texas and back before returning to her homeland. Though she heard of slavery and felt appalled that someone could treat another human as property, Eva becomes outraged to see the plight of blacks when she reaches Natchez, Mississippi, but has no idea how she can help.
Though a Texan, Ryder Drake is a Union spymaster with agents throughout the Confederacy. He does not trust women with his work or his heart, but soon finds himself in the uncomfortable position of needing Eva, whom he just met. She, with her feet in several worlds, is his best hope to prevent a plot to assassinate Queen Victoria.
NEVER TRUST A LADY reads more like a fine historical novel than a Civil War romance though there is a love subplot between the lead couple. The story line focuses more on the British involvement in the war including the seemingly paradoxical support of the south. Fans of solid Civil War novels that focus on the historical elements with a pinch of romance will appreciate this book more than those in the audience who prefer the romance take top billing.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Never Trust a Lady|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 10%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 20%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 50%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
Time/era of story:
- 19th century
Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:
- main char. spying/sabotage
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Who's the terrorist enemy here?
- spy ring
- Deep South
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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