Review published on March 3, 2018.
Taking place at the end of the 17th century during the reign of Charles II, this novel deals with a few years in the life of Ursula Flight, born into the gentry, well-educated by her father, married off to wealth and eventually finding her true vocation by the time she’s 19 years old, having gone through that cliché, an emotional roller coaster.
A well-researched and entertaining novel, the characters are well-developed but many aspects of the plotline were not unexpected apart from the ending. A little too predictable in places for my liking and a bit long in the middle section, it is however well worth a read if you’re interested in England under the Stuarts and a woman’s “journey”.
Paul Allard 4/4
The Illumination of Ursula Flight by Anna-Marie Crowhurst
Allen and Unwin 9781760632014 hbk May 2018
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