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Through a Glass Darkly: A Novel (original 1986; edition 2003)

by Karleen Koen

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Title:Through a Glass Darkly: A Novel
Authors:Karleen Koen
Info:Sourcebooks Landmark (2003), Paperback, 768 pages
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Through a Glass Darkly by Karleen Koen (1986)

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One of my favorite books of all time. I've read this novel many, many times and I still love it. Beautifully written...I cried more reading this book than I have with any other. There aren't enough words to explain how much I adore it. ( )
  taranator | Jul 11, 2017 |
I read this historical fiction series backwards (not recommended) and sadly this first book was my least favorite. Quite possibly, however, that was because I do not enjoy this time period as much. That said, Koen's characters are very well written and she really does draw you into England and France. ( )
  evymac | Jul 7, 2016 |
A great entertaining saga - good characters, good story. ( )
  KathyGilbert | Jan 29, 2016 |
Having read and enjoyed Dark Angels, Koen’s prequel to Through A Glass Darkly, I looked forward to reading this book. However, I wasn’t able to garner more than a mild interest in any of the principal characters, and the storyline did little to capture my imagination. Further, the Alice (Duchess of Tamworth) portrayed in this novel seems so vastly different than the younger Alice presented in Dark Angels that I couldn't reconcile the two. ( )
  Melissa_J | Jan 16, 2016 |
Wow...I could read this one again. What vivid detail of human weakness and passion. I didn't care for the orgy scenes and the four times God's name was used in vain. Otherwise, the story-telling is masterful. The love stories, especially Barbara's, were tragic; Barbara's transformation from teen bride to worldly woman was heart-wrenching; the opulence and sins of the times were eye-opening and disgusting; my relief at knowing my own life is not nearly that complicated is immense. Powerful reading on a humanistic level. ( )
  Desdelyn | Jan 13, 2016 |
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When I was a child, I spake as a child. I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I out away childish things.

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

2003: For Blake and Samantha.
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Two voices, raised in anger, carried though the half-opened window of the library.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0394553780, Hardcover)

"Lives up to every expectation. It's magnificent!"
- Cleveland Plain Dealer

Sourcebooks Landmark proudly reintroduces this classic historical novel.

Karleen Koen's sweeping saga contains unforgettable characters consumed with passion: the extraordinarily beautiful fifteen-year-old noblewoman, Barbara Alderley; the man she adores, the wickedly handsome Roger MontGeoffry; her grandmother, the duchess, who rules the family with cunning and wit; and her mother, the ineffably cruel, self-centered and licentious Diana. Like no other work, Through a Glass Darkly is infused with intrigue, sweetened by romance and awash in the black ink of betrayal.

* Sold 130,000 hardcover and 600,000 mass paperback
* New York Times bestseller for five consecutive months
* A former Book of the Month Club Main Selection


"A completely involving story...power, greed, family conflict, burning ambition and passion kindle the plot. Readers will be captivated!"
- Publishers Weekly

"Fast-paced and fun to read!"
- Glamour

"Engaging, elegant, chock full of sex and gossip."
- Philadelphia Inquirer

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Set against the intrigues of the French court in the early 1700's and the South Sea Bubble venture, this is the story of a headstrong young woman who is determined to marry a man clearly not right for her, a man whose romantic and sexual past will come back to haunt the girl he marries.… (more)

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