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The General's Mistress (English Edition) de [Graham, Jo]
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A Dutch woman flees her marriage to become a courtesan against the backdrop of the French Revolution in this steamy historical novel described as Girl with a Pearl Earring meets Dangerous Liaisons.

Liberté, Egalité, Sensualité. . . .

As a spirit of change overturns Europe’s old order, strong-willed Elzelina Versfelt enters her own age of revolution. Married as a romantic young girl to a man who wanted only her money, but neither loves nor desires her, Elza refuses to be chained any longer. Leaving Amsterdam, her marriage, and her home, she flees to France—where the old rules no longer apply, debauchery is not a sin . . . and nothing is forbidden.

Yet Elza finds herself bound in a new way, to the ambitious General Moreau. And while they share pleasure, pain, and carnal adventures, she dreams of another man, an unruly red-haired soldier she first saw in the promise of a Tarot card. Drawn by this half-real, half-imagined hero, Elza defies her relationship with Moreau, and begins a perilous search across war-torn Europe. . . . But will this woman with the instincts of a survivor, the passion of a courtesan, and the gift of second sight ever find the destiny for which she has risked it all?

This stunning novel blends history with the language of the heart to tell a sensual story of an era of upheaval . . . and of the clamoring, dangerous desires of a woman’s soul.

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Jo Graham is the author of the critically acclaimed historical fantasies Black Ships, Hand of Isis, and Stealing Fire.

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  • Editor: Gallery Books (23 de octubre de 2012)
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Breathtaking and sexy 16 de diciembre de 2012
Por Sophia - Publicado en
Formato: Versión Kindle Compra verificada
Jo Graham has great talent at bringing history to life. (I say this because I am bad at retaining history and I generally hate historical fiction. But Jo Graham's Numinous World books help me retain history and enjoy learning about it.) In The General's Mistress, she takes on the beginning of the life of Ida St. Elme, unapologetic courtesan of the Napoleonic age.

The main character and narrator, Elza is sympathetic and relatable: she makes mistakes, she delights in sensual things, she struggles to find her place in the world. The characters around her are fascinating as well--it's lovely to glimpse the edges of the huge political movements through the eyes of Elza, who is not yet knowledgeable about them. And Elza's yearning for something more than pleasure and safety for herself is a motive that I think many from our jaded age will be able to relate to.

Ms. Graham also uses very blunt but not gratuitous sex scenes masterfully, in a way that is both sexy and sensible. Elza learns about herself and humanity through the very vulnerable, very human act of sex.

I would recommend this book to anyone who isn't squeamish about explicit sex scenes. It's exciting, suspenseful, and sexy--AND it teaches you history! What more could you ask for?
5 de 5 personas piensan que la opinión es útil
4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Napoleonic era historical fiction, romance, with a dash of fantasy 19 de noviembre de 2012
Por Jean - Publicado en
Formato: Versión Kindle Compra verificada
Beautiful story with a fascinating heroine. A strong addition, though not my favourite, of the "Numinous World" series.

Read if you're a fan of the Napoleonic era or strong female characters. Certain scenes are somewhat sexually explicit, so stay away if that bothers you.

If you like this book, definitely track down Jo Graham's other "Numinous World" books -- "Black Ships", "Hand of Isis", "Stealing Fire", and "The Ravens of Falkenau and Other Stories". Can be read in any order.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas The most fascinating heroine of the Napoleonic era 27 de octubre de 2012
Por A-E Moutet - Publicado en
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Ida St Elme really existed. Not just that: from 1827, she wrote her Memoirs, which became the best-selling book of the early 19th-century in France and beyond, earning her the nickname of "the female Casanova". (And as the actual Casanova wrote beautifully as well, it's an especially apposite tag.) Courtesan, actress, spy, soldier, wife, mistress, hostess, writer, this Dutch-born heroine lived through the French Revolution and the First Empire as a modern woman, now unjustly forgotten. She died in obscurity and poverty in 1845 in a convent in Brussels; you can find her actual "Mémoires d'une Contemporaine", written in French, recently-added at Project Gutenberg.

"The General's Mistress" tells the story of Ida, also known as Elza or Elselina: lover of general Moreau and Marshal Ney, agent of Talleyrand and Napoleon, traveller from Paris to Italy, soon to ride as far as Alexandria and Moscow. It is the first novel in a first-person Napoleonic saga planned by Jo Graham, the author of "Black Ships", "Hand of Isis" and "Stealing Fire", and like these previous historical novels, it ties the characters to a common sense of destiny. I am a fan of Graham's writings, but as a Frenchwoman I am especially excited about this series: on the strength of this first book, Graham has a deep understanding of French and European history and mentalities, which she brings to her usual talent for creating characters we deeply care for. Graham has been compared to Mary Renault for her historical novels set in ancient Greece and Egypt; it's obvious here that she applies the same understanding to modern history. Instead of simply writing of a 21st century woman in Empire costume, she recreates a real woman of the times - what fascinating times, what a fascinating woman, flawed, sometimes wrong, always brave, human. I can't wait for the next book!
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Beautiful, historical romance 23 de octubre de 2012
Por Geonn W. Cannon - Publicado en
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There are certain constants in literature. You pick up the latest novel by Stephen King or Neil Gaiman, you know what you're getting. The same can be said about Jo Graham. Picking up one of her novels, you're all but guaranteed a rich story steeped with history, romance, sensuality, and strong female characters. You can also count on her to make the supernatural seem commonplace.

In this novel (and planned future novels), she introduces us to the amazing Ida St. Elme. Or Elzelina Versfelt, or even Charles van Aylde. Elza (as I'll refer to her from here on just for convenience) actually existed, but she was so quick to adjust the facts of her personal history depending on who she was with that it's hard to know exactly what is the truth. The novel begins when Elza flees from a loveless marriage to France, becoming mistress to a powerful French commander named Moreau in exchange for his protection.

As the French revolution rages around her, Elza struggles to find her place in the world. Through correspondence with a cousin, she discovers her abandoned husband is threatening to declare her insane and toss her into an asylum like her mother before her. Avoiding the threat becomes Elza's motivation to find something, anything. that will secure her place in the world away from his clutches. She attempts acting but her true calling comes from a sham séance where she inadvertently falls back on a true second sight to tell the fortunes of guests.

This second sight is what drives Elza to make her choices, be they disastrous or fortuitous. She writes a letter to her current lover and a man with whom she is infatuated and mails them at the same time. It's not hard to guess what happens next, and one has to wonder if some part of Elza's mind made the switch on purpose in order to begin the next part of her journey. Through tarot and her dreams, Elza finds herself haunted by half-remembered lives and faces she can't quite recognize in ghostly visions that pull her along toward her destiny.

It should be mentioned that this book is both stand-alone and connected to Jo Graham's other works. It's not necessary to read Black Ships, Hand of Isis and Stealing Fire to know what's going on in this book. Anyone can come into this novel completely oblivious to Jo Graham's writings and still enjoy the story as it is (Elza herself doesn't know what the visions mean, so she's in the same boat as the reader). If you have read those novels, you'll notice certain buzz words popping up in the text that turns this from a great story into a new piece in a delicately woven tapestry of one soul's passage through history. And as a huge fan of Jo Graham and Melissa Scott's Lost Things, I was very pleased when a character began talking about lodge meetings.

The General's Mistress is a gorgeous book, a tumultuous moment in history seen through the eyes of a woman who is living both in and beyond her own time. Like Elza, the book manages to straddle the modern-day and the past to be both authentic and accessible to the readers. The result is a beautiful, sensual journey of a woman with many names trying to find her true identity.

(edited version of my review for Geek Speak Magazine)
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4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Couldn't put it down. 2 de noviembre de 2012
Por Rachel Barenblat - Publicado en
Formato: Versión Kindle Compra verificada
From the ins and outs of French society, to the séances, to the battlefield, this book is captivating. Elza is not quite like any other hero(ine) I know. This book does have some echoes, or ripples, of the previous Numinous World books -- but I don't think one needs to be familiar with those books in order for this one to fascinate and intrigue. I hear that sequels may be forthcoming; I dearly hope that they are, because I want to know what happens next!
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