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The life of Julia Pallister in 17th century England (1641-1670 with Prologue set in 1723) includes her grandmother's ties with Queen Elizabeth, her father's fighting for Charles II in England's bloody civil war and her first love in famous architect-to-be Christopher Wren....

Title : Circle Of Pearls
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ISBN : 9780552135665
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 624 Pages
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Circle Of Pearls Reviews

  • Misfit
    2019-03-30 12:21

    The story begins with Julia, youngest child of Royalists Robert and Anne Pallister, and her older brother Michael as they live in the constant fear of their estate being taken from them by Cromwell's Parliamentarians, as England's civil war rages around them. Michael and Robert both join Charles II's cause and subsequent tragedies strike the family leaving Robert's widow Anne to make a drastic choice to avoid loosing her family home forever to a Cromwell supporter. As Julia matures, the story follows her life and marriage as Charles II returns to rule England and on through the plague and great fire of London. Unfortunately, what should have been a ripping good story just falls a bit flat to this reader. The author spends way too much time on Julia's childhood experiences, I would have preferred to have the background told in flashbacks and have the story start off as Julia reaches maturity (note to self - never ever complain about an author's backtracking to past history after getting the story going), we didn't see Julia wed and in London as Charles is crowned King until well after the first half of the book. I also would have preferred to have Julia and Adam more involved in Charles' court and its intrigues instead of being side line players in the action. Lastly, as much as I enjoy an author setting the scene and describing the clothes, furnishings, etc. so that I have a good sense of time and place, Laker goes way over the top describing everything in too minute of a detail and I found myself skimming quite a bit through those lengthy descriptions. All in all, a pleasantly entertaining book to read if you are interested in the period or a fan of the author, but certainly not the best to be read in this period and most definitely doesn't come close to the standard set by Kathleen Winsor's awesome Forever Amber. Three stars.

  • Rachel Gorman
    2019-03-20 08:35

    I fell in love with this author as a young teen. This book was a part of readers digest condensed books. After this I devoured any book and bought what ever I could get my hands on by her.

  • Laura
    2019-04-01 12:21

    Not so bad considering the last part of the book, describing the Plague and the London's fire.

  • Kristina
    2019-04-08 09:25

    I first read this book when I was in my twenties and discovered Rosalind Laker’s novels in my local library. I then proceeded to read every book that my library had in stock. I was delighted when I had a chance to read this book again. Ms. Laker does a remarkable job of making you feel that you are in that historical time period. Amazing detail such as the beautifully embroidered ribbons (I wanted them). From Ms. Laker’s descriptions you can see what she is describing. You will feel swept up in the novel. Circle of Pearls is well-written and engaging. I give Circle of Pearls 4.5 out of 5 stars. You have to like historical novels in order to enjoy this book. There were a couple of slow spots, but overall a good pace.I received a complimentary copy of Circle of Pearls from NetGalley in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel.

  • Jessica
    2019-03-20 13:43

    Characterizing this book as simply a romance is definitely a misrepresentation. Though there are some love stories throughout, I would not say they are the complete focus. I loved reading about the English revolution and the familial divisions and devastation it caused. I really enjoyed this book, but two complaints. The first is that it took way too long to get me engrossed. At times in the beginning it seemed hokey. My second qualm was the in many of the situations presented the author seemed to rush threw or skim over resolutions to issues presented. Climaxes were not fully given there time. The character development was wonderful, and it would have been nice to have shared more in their joys. Thoughts...

  • mari dewitt
    2019-04-01 16:19

    Great book! Love historical novels with strong women.

  • Niamh Ward
    2019-04-17 14:42

    I personally loved it. A very interesting read from Puritan England into The Restoration!

  • Melissa
    2019-03-22 09:43

    Disclaimer: I received this book for free through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Circle of Pearls follows the life of Julia Pallister, a 17th century woman living during the Commonwealth period of English history. Her family are Royalist sympathizers and thus punished for their support of the king. While their estate has not been claimed by Cromwell's government, certain restrictions are placed on them. For example: her father cannot go beyond a certain distance from the house. Julia's paternal grandmother, Katherine, was in the service of Queen Elizabeth I and upon the queen's death, was gifted one of her extravagant dresses. It is this dress that Katherine keeps hidden from Commonwealth searches and one day hopes to present to Julia for her wedding.Over all, the novel was okay. Julia was a serviceable heroine: she was smart, resourceful, and possessed something of a temper. The other women characters were well-rounded: Anne, Julia's mother; her grandmother Katherine; Mary, her foster-sister; and even Sophie, the scheming sister-in-law. Laker deserves some praise for the way she wrote Anne's slow, agonizing descent into her own head as an escape from an unwanted marriage. I seriously wanted to throttle Makepeace Walker.That being said, I did skip several chunks of the novel: the plague and the great fire, for example. At times, there was a little too much description.Still, the Commonwealth period is not one I'm too familiar with, and it was interesting to read a novel set then. I was surprised to learn that Christopher Wren was a real person (which softened the blow of Julia not marrying him somewhat) and that he was responsible for rebuilding much of London after the fire. I would definitely recommend this book to those who are looking for a historical fiction time period that is not the Regency or Tudor.

  • Kimberly
    2019-04-13 16:29

    I love novels about strong women who are met with seemingly insurmountable obstacles, and yet are still able to gather their strength and push through. Circle of Pearls involves three women who are able to do just that. Julia is by far the strongest and most complex character in this novel, and it's impossible not to admire her as she helps her family make it through the fire that destroyed England, Cromwell and the English Civil War, as well as personal tragedies. Circle of Pearls takes place during a time which I have not read about very much, so I actually was able to learn a lot about the historical aspects of this novel as the story unfolded. I am in love with history of any type, so learning about a fascinating period of history, all while reading a wonderfully entertaining novel, is all the more reason to love this novel! Julia's character is one that is impossible to love, as well as easy to relate to. She may be complex, but that is part of what is so endearing about her. Anne and Katherine also were extremely interesting, and became two of my favorites as I read. I love that the author also brought to life Sir Christopher Wren, who was an actual historical figure during this time period. Yet another example of Ms. Laker bringing history to life. This novel is definitely worth reading, and I give it a FIVE out of FIVE stars!

  • Andrea Way
    2019-04-02 13:22

    I normally try to stay away from books that have been based around the time of the Civil War in the UK and US. I don't normally find them interesting and I struggle to get into the long descriptions of the books. But there was something about this book that said read me. I know that the first was down to the cover it's re-release cover is amazing. Also the fact that the book was also based on a dress owned by Elizabeth the 1st. I was an interesting book it did not blow my socks of but it was a good read. Rosalind Laker gave great but sometimes over long descriptions, not to long, I was very grateful for this. The main character Julia Pallister was complex and interesting and the relationship factor was good. I did find Julia at times moaned a little more than was needed and nearly put me off her. The writing style was interesting, I've never had the privilege of reading a Rosalind Laker and after this one I think I will give another one of books a try in the future.

  • Memphistigergal
    2019-03-26 10:21

    I must admit that the cover of this re-release of Rosalind Laker's novel was what drew me to this book. When I first started reading this book, I expected it to be just a regular historical romance. This book emerged as more of an epic historical novel. It did take my reading about 20% of the book to grab my interest, but then I couldn't wait to come back to it.This tale starts with the birth of the main character Julia, and takes you through her childhood then early adult life. What most surprised me were the other characters in the book. I can't go into them all in a short review, but the author did a fantastic job of developing their stories and lives as well.While I wasn't blown away by this book, I did really enjoy it. This was my first experience with Rosalind Laker, but I do plan to look up more of her work. I would definitely recommend it if you enjoy historical fiction.

  • Linda
    2019-04-01 13:27

    I enjoy finding new authors to read. Circle of Pearls is set in 17th century England in Sussex. A Royalist family tries to hold onto their beloved estate, Sotherleigh, under the iron-fisted rule of Cromwell and the Parliamentarians, looking forward to the day when King Charles will return to the throne. The narrative focuses on headstrong daughter, Julia, who grows up to be a beautiful, smart and ambitious woman. Laker incorporates key events of the time period like the achievements of Christopher Wren, the plague and the great fire of London into the narrative. The characters are believable and engaging. I plan to read more of Laker's historical novels.

  • Janille
    2019-03-26 16:22

    I have read Rosalind Laker for years - I first read an excerpt of Circle of Pearls in the old Reader's Digest condensed versions (anybody remember those? Do they still sell them?) This one is probably my favorite of hers, so I bought the hardback cover. She writes amazing historical novels, some that just wrench your heart out (To Dance With Kings-tear jerker!) But Circle is set at the end of the Charles 1st rule in England, before the English Civil War, and during the Cromwellian years, to the restoration of the crown under Charles the 2nd. It is a story about a young girl whose family is pushed all sorts of directions becuase of war and politics. Wonderful story.

  • Mrs.
    2019-04-19 10:30

    Circle of Pearls is set in 17th century England in Sussex. A Royalist family tries to hold onto their beloved estate, Sotherleigh, under the iron-fisted rule of Cromwell and the Parliamentarians, looking forward to the day when King Charles will return to the throne. The story focuses on headstrong daughter, Julia, who grows up to be a beautiful, smart and ambitious woman. Laker incorporates key events of the time period like the achievements of Christopher Wren, the plague and the great fire of London into the narrative. The characters are believable and engaging. Rosalind Laker is a prolific and accomplished historical novelist.

  • Julie Barrett
    2019-03-30 14:47

    Circle of PearlsLove how the pearls keep her on track as she finds out what they really mean as she grows older. Starts when she is born and the story continues and parallels the world she lives in, the war times and struggles.Julia and others are able to save one woman who was being hanged and they didn't believe the punishment had fit the crime.She becomes a seamstress and her expertise is valued. With the civil war there is much to lose. Love the parts of the inventions and learning sign language.Travels are great to listen to, the sights, sounds and thoughts.I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

  • Jean Brandenburg
    2019-04-15 13:34

    This was also a Reader's Digest version and I think that may be a good thing for this one. It takes place in the mid 1600's in England. You follow a young girl and her family through the civil war (I didn't realize that was what it was called when King Charles was exiled) I guess basically it is a romance novel, but it doesn't really seem like one. It's more a story of Julia's life and family. I liked it. It's one failure, in my opinion was the girl, Mary. No one ever tried to marry her off. I don't think that would have happened, or perhaps it's in the full version.

  • Linda
    2019-03-28 09:43

    Julia Pallister was born in October 1641 to a family of staunch Royalists with connections back to Elizabeth I. The story of Julia's efforts to save the family estate and avoid marriage to the "boy next door" whom she has always hated, and who is anti Royalist. Her childhood friend Christopher Wren, the famous mathematician and architect, figures in the story, a good picture of 17th century England for historical fiction fans.

  • Leigh
    2019-04-16 09:23

    If I remember correctly, I was 13 or 14 when I read this. I thought this was like other romance books (J.Lindsey, J.McNaught, etc) but I was mistaken. This tale does not focus on a couple but different people and how they dealt challenges in their time. It's like a romance between man and woman, man and family, man and country.

  • Susan
    2019-04-19 12:32

    A glorious book of a glorious timeThis book was really enjoyable. I especially enjoyed the very real Sir Christopher Wren. The author did an excellent job of intertwining real people and events with the characters she created. I only just finished the book and I already miss the two main characters. Now, on to my next book, whatever it maybe.

  • Samantha Marti
    2019-04-01 11:44

    Always a good read. Love this author. I finish her books in two days usually because I can't put them down. Wonderful for a quick read. This is the 7th book I have read by her and I haven't been disappointed yet.

  • Caroline
    2019-04-05 09:20

    Rosalind Laker is an amazing writer, and this book is exceptional. If you love the history of King Charles 11, Cromwell and the round-heads, the feud between the Royalists and Puritans , then you won't be disappointed when reading a Circle of Pearls.

  • Lynne Coxen
    2019-03-21 14:28

    Enchanting bookThe author directed the reader through major historical events, by embellishing the intertwined lives and loves of the main characters. Their joys and tragedies resulted in memorable insight into the challenges they faced.

  • Connie
    2019-03-26 14:35

    It was interesting to read about a family in the historical times when King Charles was murdered and King Charles II was exiled from England. I would like to read more about that time period.The book left me wanting to know more.

  • Diane Wachter
    2019-04-05 13:48

    RDC-M V 4 1990, 8/91. 17th century England in Puritan times and the restoration. Good.

  • Thom Swennes
    2019-03-21 12:35

    This is a novel set in the time of the English Civil War. It is both informing and interesting.

  • Lorraine
    2019-04-08 08:43

    Set in England, and features architect Christopher Wren and the Great Fire of London.

  • Kelly
    2019-03-26 13:31

    I read these books for the first time about ten years ago because R. Laker was mentioned as one of my favorite authors biggest influences. I really enjoy these books and reread them.

  • Karen
    2019-04-06 11:38

    Fluffy historical romance - got it for free at the train station - fine up until the end when it got too farfetched

  • Melissa
    2019-04-14 08:26

    Historical romance. Takes place in England during the time of Cromwell and Charles II. Very good!

  • Kim
    2019-04-16 09:25

    She writes great historical novels with strong female characters.