Hello, Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be today’s stop on this brilliant blog tour for; Shelley and the Unknown Lady by Lona Manning. I can’t wait to share my review with you all, firstly thank you to Amy at HFVBT for the invitation to this tour.
Shelley and the Unknown Lady By Lona Manning
Publication Date: October 5, 2020
Format: eBook; 177 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Percy Bysshe Shelley’s brief and turbulent life was as passionate and haunting as his poetry.
Romantic, idealistic and impulsive, Shelley had several intense love affairs.
When Shelley drowned at sea, he took his secrets with him. Did a beautiful, lovelorn lady really follow him throughout Europe, as he claimed?
Did Mary Shelley ever learn about this rival for her affections?
Shelley and the Unknown Lady is a carefully researched imagining of the true-life tragedy behind the mystery.
This novella is a stand-alone story excerpted from Lona Manning’s Mansfield Trilogy.
Praise for Lona Manning’s Writing
“Many try to emulate [Jane] Austen; not all succeed. Here, Manning triumphs.” -Blue Ink Reviews “Manning’s books are… maniacally well-researched, gorgeously written, and wholly accurate in character. I can’t wait for the next one! I wholeheartedly recommend her books…” -Goodreads reviewer
Percy Shelly was a fascinating man, to be perfectly honest I don’t know a lot about him, I actually know more about his wife the marvellous; Mary Shelly and even her equally brilliant mother; Mary Wollstonecraft. Poor Percy he has been a little side-lined, but I was intrigued so much while reading this, it has made me want to learn more about him. Don’t you love it when that happens? You read a brilliant book which centre’s around real people from history and suddenly you want to know more about this passionate, impulsive and fascinating person.
Percy was certainly a charismatic character, he appeared (to me) to have this magnetism about him that drew people in like moth’s to a low burning flame, he was romantic, passionate, tender and cheeky, yet at the same time I think there was a wayward volatile aspect to him, he blew caution to the wind and did as every rake doe; exactly what he wanted. He really shines through the story, he is a strong character that really charms you, this book is all Percy, he is the shining star of the whole piece.
I love that the author has given the name of Shelly’s ‘Mystery Lady’ of Mary Crawford, who for those who love and know their Jane Austen will recognise her, it’s such a clever piece of writing, to so skilfully mix the fact and the fiction to create something new. I’ve not read any of Lona’s work before but I really loved her careful way of incorporating the real story of Percy with her fictionized account of the whole saga.
Shelly and the Unknown Lady is a beautifully written, passionate, riveting and mesmerising tale about two people meeting in the most unexpected way and finding a connection. I love the mix of fact and fiction, which so perfectly entwines together leaving you in awe of just how meticulously researched, perfectly engaging, there is an intensity to it that will make you gasp in delight and draws you further and further into the story.
This is a very short novella, it’s one of those that once you start you are completely hooked and then; boom, we’re at the end. It’s a satisfying and enlightening read, the historical authors note at the back is well worth a read as and I especially I love that each chapter starts with either a poem or a quote, which comes from Percy’s biography, each one is very fitting to the story and the man whom it’s about.
About the Author
Lona Manning loves reading, choral singing, gardening and travel. Over the years, she has been a home care aide, legal secretary, political speech writer, office manager, vocational instructor, non-profit administrator and ESL Teacher. She has also written true crime articles for http://www.CrimeMagazine.com. She began writing A Contrary Wind, her award-winning debut novel, while she was teaching English in China. Manning and her husband raised their family in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, Canada. You can follow her on Twitter or Goodreads or at her Facebook page, “A Contrary Wind” where she posts on all things Jane Austen.
Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, October 5
Review at Passages to the Past
Tuesday, October 6
Interview at Novels Alive
Excerpt at Probably at the Library
Wednesday, October 7
Review at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals
Thursday, October 8
Guest Post at Novels Alive
Saturday, October 10
Feature at Reading is My Remedy
Sunday, October 11
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books
Monday, October 12
Guest Post at Coffee and Ink
Tuesday, October 13
Review at Novels Alive
Interview at Bookish Rantings
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