Through a Glass Darkly

Through a Glass Darkly Karleen Koen s sweeping saga contains unforgettable characters consumed with passion the extraordinarily beautiful fifteen year old noblewoman Barbara Alderley the man she adores the wickedly handso

  • Title: Through a Glass Darkly
  • Author: Karleen Koen
  • ISBN: 9781402200441
  • Page: 154
  • Format: Paperback
  • Karleen Koen s sweeping saga contains unforgettable characters consumed with passion the extraordinarily beautiful fifteen year old noblewoman, Barbara Alderley the man she adores, the wickedly handsome Roger MontGeoffry her grandmother, the duchess, who rules the family with cunning and wit and her mother, the ineffably cruel, self centered and licentious Diana LikeKarleen Koen s sweeping saga contains unforgettable characters consumed with passion the extraordinarily beautiful fifteen year old noblewoman, Barbara Alderley the man she adores, the wickedly handsome Roger MontGeoffry her grandmother, the duchess, who rules the family with cunning and wit and her mother, the ineffably cruel, self centered and licentious Diana Like no other work, Through a Glass Darkly is infused with intrigue, sweetened by romance and awash in the black ink of betrayal.

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    1. Karleen Koen

      My childhood was filled with glorious books, Little Women, Lad A Dog, Black Beauty, Little House on the Prairie, Caddie Woodlawn They were as real to me as the life around me, a lower middle class one in a small oil refinery town in Texas My grandfather, an invalid, was a huge fan of the writers Frank Slaughter, Frank Yerby, and Zane Grey By the time I learned to read, I was sneaking his square, cheap a dime, I think paperbacks off and reading them Pirates Passion History It has never occurred to me to write anything but historicals, a kind of time travel into other minds, other lands, other eras, other cultures, other worlds That s what I wish for my readers, that my books take them far away into another place and time and that they enjoy themselves there and maybe even learn an interesting fact or two.My blog karleenkoen.wordpressMy website karleenkoen

    468 thoughts on “Through a Glass Darkly”

    1. Seeing the various 1 and 2 star reviews for this brilliant novel and its sequel, Now Face to Face, confirms me in the belief, growing over the past year, that a certain proportion of today's readers are so poorly educated and emotionally blunted that great historical fiction is completely wasted on them.I found the characters in these novels were richly crafted, well rounded people who lived within the beliefs and culture of their time, rather than modern day people plopped into the middle of so [...]


    2. After some grappling and soul-searching, I have finally decided not to finish this book. As Karen said in her review, there's nothing wrong with indulging in a trashy novel occasionally, but 750 pages is a big investment for trash.This book reminded me of some of the Philippa Gregory books I've tried to read and abandoned, although I did find the characters here slightly more interesting. Barbara, a beautiful (how could she not be?), headstrong (naturally) 15-year-old is engaged to 40-something [...]


    3. “When I was a child I spake as a child. I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I become a man I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly, but then face to face”Through a Glass Darkly is the second in a three book series set in Georgian England. Barbara is the granddaughter of the Duke and Duchess of Tamworth and she and her younger siblings were raised by their grandparents instead of their parents Kit and Diana Alderley. Kit is an exiled Jacobite inv [...]


    4. I read this first 20 years ago (yes, I am that old). And I remembered it so fondly because I was in France at the time and this was one of the few novels in English that I read while I was there. It was such a relaxing way to spend a day at the beach, doubly so because all the rest of the time I was there I was having to work in my second language, which I wasn't nearly so strong in. So, I reread it and it was a very different experience this time. It's still a really fun and well-written novel, [...]


    5. This was a surprisingly absorbing read. I'm still a bit stressed, so I've been binging on historical fiction (I even ordered my first Heyer novels). Koen's novel is sprightly told and competently researched. It mixes historical figures into the narrative fairly well (though they aren't nearly as captivating as the main characters or the actual historical figures they are based upon). I'm debating between a two and a three star. On one hand, when I think on it, it doesn't seems to be a particular [...]


    6. This book had been on my TBR pile for quite some time before I plucked it off my shelf and boy, am I glad that I did! This is one of the books that when you read it, you could just kick yourself in the shin for not reading it sooner! I LOVE drama and this book did not disappoint.Through a Glass Darkly is a novel about Barbara Alderley and is set in England and France in the early 18th century. Barbara and her siblings were raised by her grandmother, the Duchess of Tamworth. Her mother, Diana, be [...]


    7. Have you ever come across one of those books in which the main protagonist starts out being beautiful, brave, intelligent short, all that is admirable in a persond then, about 50 pages in, said protagonist becomes the brattiest, whiniest, dumbest little kid you've had the misfortune of coming across in the last 20 books you've read? This is what happened to me with this book. I read a summary of the work somewhere and thought that it aspired to be much more than a trashy historical romance. I WA [...]


    8. Someone called this a "bodice ripper" in another review. Hm -- I think that person needs to read an actual bodice ripper and then think again. I read this on my honeymoon in 1995. It was a book I picked up by chance (I remembered the huge advance Koen got) and I am vey glad I did. It's just a great read with interesting characters and great settings. It's a book I will take on vacation for a reread.


    9. Through a glass darkly, by Karleen Koen, is a profoundly depressing, gorgeously written, turbulent and epic historical fiction set in the beginning of the 18th century in England and France. This story will rip your heart out so beware, before you dive in.When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child.In the beginning of this novel, we meet fifteen year old Barbara Alderley, the cherished grandchild of illustrious English nobility, the Duke and Duchess of T [...]


    10. I loved the first two thirds of this book. Set in and around the English and French courts of 1715/16, it’s a real romp of a read with snobs, bitches, dandies, bawdiness, double dealings, betrayals, scandals, duels, crazy wigs and pots and pots of rouge. The story may centre around the marriage of 15 year old Barbara to the much older and wealthier Roger, but it’s her mother Diana, the beautiful, slutty, scheming daughter of the Duchess of Tamworth, who’s the early scene stealer, as she sc [...]


    11. I am so depressed after reading this. I don't think I have ever read anything more depressing. It seemed to be well researched, but my guess would be that the author chose only the unknown things that would shock people. Like a french princess who was so vile and filthy that she reeked. She burped loudly in front of anyone, her teeth were rotten and she felt herself above a chamber pot so she would relieve herself standing wherever she was. But that had nothing at all to do with the plot.Ick! I [...]


    12. I am apparently in the middle of a bunch of 'not as good as I wanted it to be' books. I got this as a free ebook and picked it up out of curiosity, looking for a Georgette Heyer type read. Light and romantic with the historical backdrop and some good characters. This thing is a 671 page monster and from the get go it slogs. The descriptions are over the top and often drag out for pages when it's not necessary, which is a shame because there are some focused descriptions which were lovely and mad [...]


    13. When a book written about the year 1715 has a character blurting, "I shall be right back," you know you are about to get a mixed bag of history and modern culture. "Being right back" was not a phrase that the 18th century was in any way familiar with. The book was peppered with these little modern colloquialisms - not enough to cause me to stop reading, exactly, but enough to pull me out of the illusion of the past. It makes me think of the 2005 Pride and Prejudice, the scene in which Elizabeth [...]


    14. This was both very good and very disappointing at the same time. I couldn't put it down, but neither did it give me happy, cheerful feelings.This is the story of the maturing of a young girl, Barbara, in 18th century England. She has a passionate loving nature and though of the upper class, does not always abide by the typical conventions and standards all the time. All her life she has been distantly in love with a man who served her very famous grandfather, and one day, her very selfish and br [...]


    15. DNF, pg 120-something.I just don't care, y'all.Clearly the author wanted to write a more readable style than, say, Here Be Dragons -- except this book contains that same toxic mixture of slow plotting, epic infodumps, & As You Know Bob conversations, which ruins any melodramatic flow. Barbara is a sappy, uninteresting heroine & Diana is so OTT that she's one step above a Scooby Doo villain. Sometimes OTT can cut a swathe of awesome through family sagas, but not this time. NOTHING HAPPENS [...]


    16. When I first read this, I was 13 and loved the huge secret surrounding Roger and the sex and all the twagedy and dwama. It was a solid 5 stars. Then I re-read it (or tried to, rather) about 15 years later and was bored out of my skull. Don't know what happened in the meantime, but it's one of those books that probably should have stayed on my shelf and let memories suffice. Even before I re-read this, I had never gotten around to read Now Face to Face, and after this disappointing experience, bo [...]


    17. What a horrible, nasty book this has been and I couldn't put it down. Now my tissue box is empty and my face is swollen.The book I have, must be a size 4 font. My eyes are not what they use to be, so I've struggled to read this over the past week or so. As with many long book (755 pages of tiny print) it takes time to figure out who each character is, as there are an abundance of them. The reading can go slowly as I'm figuring out relatives and friends, and each position they hold to the main ch [...]


    18. This committed the worse sin for a book--it bored me. What's more, not in a this-is-a-slog dense, difficult read but possibly worth it way. More in a this-reads-like-a-trashy-book-but-nothing-is-happening way. The writing is sloppy in its point of view, with head-hopping within a narrative that isn't really omniscient, and I noted clutzy dialogue tagging, far too many exclamation points, cliched phrasing and frequent typos. Now, these are common defects in popular fiction I'm willing to overlook [...]


    19. Richly Detailed, Slightly Melodramaticd Spicy I'm rounding up from 3.5 stars I found 'Through a Glass Darkly' to be an engaging well paced story with likeable characters woven into a rich fabric of English traditions, mores, fashion and sexual intrigues. I would have liked Karleen Koen to focus on a few of my favorite characters a little more but over all I thought it was an enjoyable and easy read. The setting, England and France from 1715 until the early 1720s includes the conflicts between Wh [...]


    20. Upon closing this novel I knew, almost immediately, that it had set the bar for every other historical fiction piece I'd read from then on. I was a bit intimidated when I first purchased Through A Glass Darkly because of its size, however once I started reading it I knew I was going to enjoy myself and the length wouldn't be a problem.I found Koen's writing style in this book to be very much to my liking. She was descriptive without being overbearing and I felt like I could literally see everyth [...]


    21. Glancing through some of the reviews below, I'm shocked that so many readers are rating this novel low and labeling it as a bodice-ripper. Nothing could be further from the truth. I tend to favor historical novels that feature real historical characters, and this one does not. However, the emotional lives of these characters are so richly realized, that it didn't matter. A reader below commented that the heroine, Barbara Alderley, reminded her somewhat of Scarlett O'Hara. This comparison would n [...]


    22. More like 3.5 stars, even though it had excellent plotting and character development. (Having recently immersed myself in the The Life of Samuel Johnson,The Diary Of Samuel Pepys and Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions, I can confirm that Koen got the spirit of the times just about right.) Well-researched, if maybe too heavy on the descriptions of clothes, houses and gardens.Unnecessarily pornographic.While Koen's major characters are anachronistically twenty-first century, she does a good job at [...]


    23. **********IT'S LIKE NOTHING I'VE EVER READ BEFORE*****************Seriously, an amazing and evocative novel brimming with passion, betrayal, love, heartbreak, sorrow, jealousy, friendship, and those family ties that bind, all neatly packaged in it's historical element. This epic tomb, is not for the faint at heart. I would encourage all whom plan to take this journey, to go in with an open mind, abandoning any pre-concieved ideas of love at what it all means. In a time where the nobility ruled, [...]


    24. Ultimately a very sad book chronicling the life of Barbara Aderly of the Tamworth family in early 18th century Britain. Her family is destitute thanks to her parent's misuse of money and her father's traitorous activities. Still, Barbara is a young, enthusiastic girl of 15 at the start of the book and is thrilled when a marriage is arranged to a family friend who she has "loved" since she was an even younger girlspite the fact that he is 45. Eventually factors all come together - her conniving f [...]


    25. There's something absorbing and fascinating about this book that I can't put my finger onI suppose I should discuss what I can! With lean yet vivid prose, Koen whisks the reader away to the 17th century with an expert hand--there's never any doubt about her skill or her knowledge base. The characters are intriguing as well, and I found myself wanting to delve more deeply into their hearts and minds. All except the protagonist, Barbara, that is, whom I found the least developed. Barbara was quite [...]



    26. "Through a Glass Darkly" brings 18th century Europe to life. Full of intrigue, love, lust, life, and death, it never stops entertaining. Anyone who enjoys historical fiction will love this book.


    27. From the viewpoint of historical fiction; this is some really good stuff. Set during the politically tumultuous time of the change from the House of Stewart to the House of Hanover in the British monarchy; this was an era of intrigue, rebellion, betrayal and retribution. The political maneuverings in this book are substantial and fascinating. So there is a romance involved; I will admit that I don't read romance novels but I don't let romance get in the way of a good historical novel. Poor young [...]


    28. Heaps of raucous, costume drama fun. Koen brings to sparkling life early 18th century London and Paris- the debauchery, the plotting, the wasted lives of the wealthy and the pitiful existence of the poor. Her characters, with their powdered wigs, their rouged cheeks, silk breeches and low-cut gowns, simper and scheme their way through royal courts, whorehouses, and country estates looking for tactical advantage in marriage, love affairs, and friendship, with little thought to lasting love and co [...]


    29. When I say spoilers, I mean it. Spoilers ahead!This book starts out telling you that there's a secret. A rumor, an item of gossip, about Roger Montgeoffrey, the potential new husband for our young heroine Barbara. For 300+ pages, it expects to keep you guessing. The secret? HE'S GAY. HE'S REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY GAY. GAY GAY GAY.The problem is -- and I'll admit I don't have much memory of 1986 -- but I get the feeling that 24 years ago, when a "rumor" would have been mentioned about a charac [...]


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