Whispering by Jane Aiken Hodge

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When teenage Caterina Gomez returns from England to Portugal, she comes back to a beloved homeland, a distant father, and a scandalous past. Traveling with Caterina are her cousin Jeremy Craddock, a young Englishman seeking a cure for his ill health, and her dear friend Harriet Brown, who is on the run from an arranged marriage. This unlikely trio arrives ian a Portugal rife with tension, for the country is at war with France, and Oporto, recently liberated, is a city in ruins and full of bitter memories. Caterina's hopes for happiness are initially frustrated, for her father seems determined to see her married or in a convent. Then the note arrives, a voice from the past that changes everything and send Caterina into the center of political and romantic intrigue. Drawn into the tangled web that binds the Portuguese and English communities together in an uneasy alliance, she discovers that no one is quite what he seems. Characterized by Jane Aiken Hodge's trademark blend of historical detail and adventure, Whispering tells the story of a young woman's search for truth and independence in a society that wants to deny her both.

 

About Jane Aiken Hodge

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Jane Aiken Hodge was born near Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Decmber 4, 1917. Her father was the Pulitzer prize-winning poet, Conrad Aiken. She attended Oxford University and Radcliff College. She wrote about 30 suspense novels and historical novels. She was a longtime believer in the right of people to end their own lives. In 2009 she chose to do this to the shock of her two grown daughters.
 
Published May 15, 1995 by St. Martin's Griffin. 224 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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While Jeremy, who's prone to fainting spells, arranges treatment sessions with a young, oddly evasive American healer, Rachel Emerson, who lives with her brother (or is he?), Caterina and Harriet settle into the old Gomez house with a chilly father and a dreadful priest/confessor.

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