The Glass of Time

The Glass of Time

The Secret Life of Miss Esperanza Gorst

Book - 2008/10/12
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Like its "beguiling" and "intelligent" (New York Times Book Review) predecessor, The Glass of Time is a page turning period mystery about identity, the nature of secrets, and what happens when past obsessions impose themselves on an unwilling present. In the autumn of 1876, nineteen year-old orphan Esperanza Gorst arrives at the great country house of Evenwood to become a lady's maid to the twenty-sixth Baroness Tansor. But Esperanza is no ordinary servant. She has been sent by her guardian, the mysterious Madame de l'Orme, to uncover the secrets that her new mistress has sought to conceal, and to set right a past injustice in which Esperanza's own life is bound up. At Evenwood she meets Lady Tansor's two dashing sons, Perseus and Randolph, and finds herself enmeshed in a complicated web of seduction, intrigue, deceit, betrayal, and murder. Few writers are as gifted at evoking the sensibility of the nineteenth century as Michael Cox, who has made the world of Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins his own.
Building on his "superb" (Washington Post) debut, The Meaning of Night, Michael Cox returns to a murderous nineteenth-century England.

Baker & Taylor
Esperanza, a French orphan, secretly works as a maid on behalf of her guardian for Baroness Tansor in hopes of uncovering the baroness' secrets, particularly her role in the murder of a previous servant.

Norton Pub
Like its "beguiling" and "intelligent" (New York Times Book Review) predecessor, The Glass of Time is a page turning period mystery about identity, the nature of secrets, and what happens when past obsessions impose themselves on an unwilling present. In the autumn of 1876, nineteen year-old orphan Esperanza Gorst arrives at the great country house of Evenwood to become a lady's maid to the twenty-sixth Baroness Tansor. But Esperanza is no ordinary servant. She has been sent by her guardian, the mysterious Madame de l'Orme, to uncover the secrets that her new mistress has sought to conceal, and to set right a past injustice in which Esperanza's own life is bound up. At Evenwood she meets Lady Tansor's two dashing sons, Perseus and Randolph, and finds herself enmeshed in a complicated web of seduction, intrigue, deceit, betrayal, and murder. Few writers are as gifted at evoking the sensibility of the nineteenth century as Michael Cox, who has made the world of Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins his own.
Building on his "superb" (Washington Post) debut, The Meaning of Night, Michael Cox returns to a murderous nineteenth-century England.

Baker
& Taylor

Taking a job as a lady's maid in the baroness Tansor of 1876 England, nineteen-year-old orphan Esperanza Gorst hides the truth about her mission to uncover her mistress's secrets about a past injustice that has affected Esperanza's own life. By the author of The Meaning of Night. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton, 2008/10/12
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393067736
0393067734
Branch Call Number: FICTION COX
Characteristics: p. cm

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gsbenham1986
Jul 14, 2014

As much as I enjoyed the book's predecessor, this sequel seemed like far too much of the same. Unfortunately too the "twists" along the way seemed far too apparent in most cases.

***SPOILERS***
If Cox had wanted to continue the tale of Edward Glyver, I wish he had done so through the perspective of Edward himself rather than simply through his daughter and revealing (shock horror!) that he was indeed still alive at the end of the book.

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foxylady31
Jul 07, 2014

Very English Victorian. Good plot, good substance to story, very prudish as English culture was in the 1800's. Includes romance, mystery, intregue and surprise coming together of story.

eradan Jun 06, 2013

I loved both these books!! Excellent!

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GLNovak
Jul 05, 2012

You wouldn't know this was written by a man. The narration by Esperanza Alice Gorst comes through as naturally and seamlessly as you would expect from a Victorian heroine. I loved this book. It slowly moved through the unveiling of the riddles one by one, while at the same time adding more to the plate. The whole tone was reminiscent of something Dickens might have written. Upstairs vs downstairs, secret letters, murders, mysterious stalkers, orphan children, plots, anonymous tips, aliases - just very delicious.

RenGrrl May 20, 2011

Fans of Michael Faber will enjoy this one! Gripping, whimsical and very Victorian!

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