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  • Title: Love's Shadow
  • Author: Ada Leverson
  • ISBN: 9781608190508
  • Page: 378
  • Format: Paperback
  • The heroine of Love s Shadowis the delightful Edith Ottley She lives with her husband Brace and her two children in a very new, very small, very white flat in Knightsbridge As we follow Edith s fortunes we enter the enchanting world of Edwardian London, bewitched by the courtships, jealousies and love affairs of Edith s coterie Hyacinth, Eugenia, Charles and Cecil, VinThe heroine of Love s Shadowis the delightful Edith Ottley She lives with her husband Brace and her two children in a very new, very small, very white flat in Knightsbridge As we follow Edith s fortunes we enter the enchanting world of Edwardian London, bewitched by the courtships, jealousies and love affairs of Edith s coterie Hyacinth, Eugenia, Charles and Cecil, Vincy, Madame Frabelle and many .
    Love s Shadow The heroine of Love s Shadowis the delightful Edith Ottley She lives with her husband Brace and her two children in a very new very small very white flat in Knightsbridge As we follow Edith s fortun

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    1. What a delightful read even if it did a chapter or two for me to start getting into the humour in the book This is the story of a set of young and not so young things in Edwardian London, who seem each to fall in love with someone who is invariably in love with someone else Edith Ottley who isn t quite the central character of this one, though I noticed the series this book is a part of is centred around her so she might perhaps be like Fanny of Love in a Cold Climate is married to the pompous a [...]

    2. Ada Leverson s name will likely already be known to readers She is remembered now mostly as a constant and loyal friend to Oscar Wilde who dubbed her the Sphinx Yet Leverson was a well known writer in her own right, contributing humorous and satirical pieces to Punch and The Yellow Book In the early 1900s she wrote several comedic novels about Edwardian society, including Love s Shadow published in 1908 In Love s Shadow, everyone seems to be somewhat fascinated by Hyacinth Verney Hyacinth, a bea [...]

    3. Tea At three o clock in the afternoon I never heard of such a thing You seem to have strangely Bohemian ideas in this house, Miss Yeo I was dimly aware of Ada Leverson as Wilde s Sphinx , one of the supporting characters in his great drama But until I was in what turned out not to be HMV s closing down sale after all, and saw this going for pennies, it had never occurred to me that she d left a trace beyond that This was written almost a decade after Wilde s death, and at first I was wondering i [...]

    4. This was really funny A cross between Oscar Wilde and the person at a party who gives you a running commentary with a bitchy turn of phrase on everyone else there Every man in it seemed an idiot or arrogant or both and the characterizations were wonderful The Ottley s, the young married couple who were the hero, I use that term very loosely, and the long suffering heroine steer their middle class course through relationship and partys and misunderstanding and love affairs Easy to read, totally n [...]

    5. Hyacinth is young, beautiful and popular with her London social set So why does she fall in love with Cecil, who is in love with Eugenia, on older, plain widow And why does Eugenia want to marry Cecil s uncle, since she admits she doesn t love him any than she loves Cecil And how does Hyacinth s friend Edith stand her arrogant prig of a husband, Bruce Actually, it seems that no one can stand Bruce.I had never heard of Leverson but the blurb on the back cover of Oscar Wilde calling her the witti [...]

    6. A comedic novel about a group of genteel London folk and their various hopes and grievances when it comes to love 1908.Full review and other reading recommendations at Another look bookLight and engaging, with nothing against it, only a great deal of wit in its favor Yes, I d say the Oscar Wilde comparison is well founded I liked it even than I used to adore Wilde, in fact I enjoyed the characters they felt like they went a little deeper Much as I enjoy The Importance of Being Earnest, for ins [...]

    7. Hyacinth is young, beautiful and popular with her London social set So why does she fall in love with Cecil, Cecil is in love with Eugenie an older, plain widow Eugenie wants to marry Cecils uncle, whe she admitd she doesn,t any than she loves Cecil Edith is Hyacinths friend who is married to Bruce an arrogant prig of a husband Who nobody likes and everyone wonders how Edith can stand him.This book moves quickly with short chapters and characters all bumping into each other and gossiping about w [...]

    8. An odd but enjoyable little book It pokes fun at marriage, pointing out the absurdities of convention and the egomaniacs it attracts.Even though it is quite funny, I did find the book to be overall a little bland Most of the characters were either too idiotic or too saintly to be believable, making it hard to feel much concern for their love lives I imagine a forgiving reader would find this book delightful, but I was a little bit bored.

    9. This Edwardian author sits comfortably on the Sake, Wilde, Wodehouse continuum Ada Leverson writes sparkling, fast paced stories with lots of clever dialogue She has a funny and surprising way of turning cliches on their ears You can also listen to all the Little Ottleys trilogy on Libivox for free, excellently read by Helen Taylor.

    10. Fluff so light it felt as if I was reading the papery equivalent of whipped cream The introduction touts Leverson as a wit but that didn t completely come through, even though there were a few lines that made one grin Love s Shadow was a pale, less amusing and memorable sister of one of Wilde s comedies if they had been novels.

    11. Reason for Reading I m reading all the Bloomsbury Group books.Summary This is Edith Ottley s story, though I wouldn t call her the main character Though it is through Edith that all the characters can be traced back as in the six degrees of Kevin Bacon Edith and Bruce Ottley are a young married couple with a two year old son Bruce is hard to describe without making him sound like a chauvinistic brute He is also a hypochondriac and would rather not work and be served upon day and night This is Br [...]

    12. This book from 1908 is billed as a comedy of manners It was written by Ada Leverson, who was a great friend of Oscar Wilde, and it shows the same type of wit I have to say I found it all a bit too clever and brittle at the end.The book is about two families and their interconnection through the meanderings of romantic love Edith is married to Bruce Ottley, a tiresome bore who manages to blame his wife for every mistake he makes and whose life seems dominated by his envy of all those around him B [...]

    13. I am really enjoying Golden Age fiction, I have to say It s probably my favourite time in history so much hope, so much change, no wars yet to ruin it.This was the story of a girl called Hyacinth, the boy she loves, the woman he loves, and her friends the Ottleys, who are a bit special In other words, Edith puts up with her husband, Bruce, being what in modern parlance we d call emotionally abusive She lets him get away with murder For some reason I see a lot of this in the hospital sweet little [...]

    14. This is the first book I ve received from the LT Early Reviewer s program, and what a delight it was Let s start with the cover, which was a big pink bucket of awesome It s one in a series of covers that I want to eat like candy I just love the little scene that the designer created, and it really sets the tone for this tasty little book Leverson who was close friends with Oscar Wilde and it shows lays out little scenes between the principal characters in the book The dialogue is superb witty an [...]

    15. It s London in 1908 and Edith Ottley is married to the one of the most self centered, annoying and oblivious men in town We never learn why she married him, but she has certainly learned to handle his tantrums, imaginary illnesses, financial foibles and constant string of half truths with amazing grace and dignity Usually she gets her own way in the end, and besides she dotes on her young son Archie Edith s close friend, Hyacinth, is one of London s true beauties, and she is extremely wealthy an [...]

    16. Overall, I found Love s Shadow to be quite entertaining I wouldn t recommend it to those who like fast paced novels filled with drama and action as it will probably be bore them.Although, this book isn t what I typically read, I was pleasantly surprised at how entertaining it was There is drama and conflict in the book, but it s understated and less in your face, which makes sense since it was written in 1908 The description on the back of the book is a little misleading since I expected a comp [...]

    17. Love s Shadow by Ada Leverson is a novel about the personalities of a group of social individuals in England sometime after the turn of the century First published in 1908, it excludes the style and flavor of literary style at that time, with both pointed and subdued humor and cynicism about the personalities of the time It focuses mainly on Edith Ottley and her too droll, and hypochondriac husband Bruce whom the reader will come to wonder why anyone puts up with him, least of all, overly tolera [...]

    18. What an odd little book no real plot to speak of there s a half hearted narrative about the romantic life of Hyacinth Verney, a glamorous young woman in Edwardian London, but it s thickly interspersed with short vignettes from the lives of the people around her But her friends, relations, and acquaintances all seem to be insulated from her, and from one another That said, the vignettes are sharply drawn Leverson combines the keen social observations of Jane Austen, a Wodehouse esque familiarity [...]

    19. A close friend of Oscar Wilde s, Leverson s style and tone is similar to Wilde s biting, quick wit Love s Shadow offers an engaging look at the ludicrous things we do for love Like Wilde, Leverson offers a meddlesome cast of characters whose actions only serve to confuse one another At the heart of the story are the Ottleys, Bruce and Edith, a very ordinary middle class Edwardian couple wishing for a little excitement in their very ordinary lives Edith s friend, Hyacinth Verney has all the exci [...]

    20. Read this on the strength of the Bas Bleu review Full of hilarious interactions and clever social commentarya rescued classic and Oscar Wilde s assesment of the autor as the wittiest woman in the world But I found the plot predictable and the characters tiresome or put upon or both It s true that I m viewing it through a 21st century lens and might find the same story set in an earlier time palatable After all, for most of history women s life work has been limited to searching for husbands and [...]

    21. I received a free advance copy of the book through Thanks, Bloomsbury Press As is frequently the case, I was torn when it came to rating the book I d have given it 3 1 2 stars if that were an option After a slow start, the book is entertaining and witty, and an interesting look into the lives of Edwardian London The characters are privileged class people, who have butlers, maids, nurses to look after babies Therefore their lives are consumed with social status, whom to dine with, what to wear, f [...]

    22. I think the theme of this book is that love does not always last forever Edith and Bruce who are an average couple just don t love each other the same any and struggle to realize what they want and if they have it In the beginning of this book Bruce asks Edith how to spell raggett and Edith is not sure so she hesitates to answer Before she gets the chance to say something, Bruce says, With all the fuss about modern culture and higher education nowadays, girls are not even taught to spell 4 The s [...]

    23. This short novel is set in Edwardian times, and centers around Edith She is married to a rather insufferable husband, Bruce Edith makes the most of their modest lifestyle, but delights in the exploits of her friend Hyacinth While Hyacinth has her heart set on Cecil, much to her companion Anne Yeo s despair In turn, Cecil is besotted with Eugenia, an older woman who finds Cecil amusing but certainly not a love match When Eugenia meets Cecil s relative, sparks fly, and complications ensue What fol [...]

    24. Love s Shadow was an interesting and farcial glimpse of a segment early Edwardian society The plot, such as it is, revolves around the courtship, and later marriage, of beautiful Hyacinth Verney to intelligent and handsome Cecil Reeve, and includes many scenes of the marriage of Hyacinth s friend, Edith Ottley, to her husband Bruce All of the characters, except for Edith, tend toward being too exaggerated, but Leverson manages to include scenes that bring most of them back from that edge The exc [...]

    25. I won Love s Shadow A Novel in a contest from The book says that it is the story of Edith and Bruce Ottley, but I found that it actually tells the story of several characters One of these characters is named Hyacinth, and she actually seems to be the central character in this story The note about the author states that this book was originally published in 1908, which explains some of the humor found within the story It was an amusing story in which the characters actions and words constantly su [...]

    26. If it weren t for Bruce Ottley, I would have given it 5 stars It s light and very funny in the vein of An Ideal Husband, even sharing the description of a certain piece of jewelry I don t wonder that they Leverson and Wilde shared it on purpose Bruce Ottley must be the most exasperating character ever drawn If such a man exists I hope I never meet him I m liable to smother him to death in his sleep or poison his food without the least compunction I was looking forward to reading the two sequels, [...]

    27. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the novel It was a very easy and enjoyable read I was, however, disappointed in the ending It felt a bit abrupt and left me wanting As this is the first in the Little Ottley s series, I m sure this was done on purpose, so the reader would want to go on to the next novel which, of course, I do I found this comedy of manners and romance, very much in the vein of Jane Austen so I would recommended it to any avid Austen fan , but lacking some of Austen s intelligence b [...]

    28. The author s friendship with Oscar Wilde is obvious She even quotes, or almost quotes him at one point, having a character say, who was it who said but getting it slightly wrong Surprisingly, though, Leverson is a little harder on her characters than Wilde is Or maybe it s that they re real but equally ridiculous At any rate, I came away with a slightly sour taste in my mouth I enjoyed it but it doesn t make me want to rush out and find of her work She writes with acid mixed in the ink and I d [...]

    29. There are features that I both enjoyed and disliked about Ada Leverson s Love s Shadow but I must admit that I found the overall book dull and without an interesting plot The only character that I actually liked was Anne Yeo, who was merely a side dish to the entree of Victorian married life and its curiosities What I do appreciate is Leverson s humor and wit, it definitely is unique for its time period and there are many marital references that ring true today I received a free copy of this boo [...]

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