The Glass of Time

The Glass of Time

The Secret Life of Miss Esperanza Gorst

Book - 2008
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A page-turning late-Victorian mystery by a master, The Glass of Time is for fans of The Meaning of Night and for readers new to Michael Cox alike. Picking up the lives of characters from the first novel some twenty years later, The Glass of Time begins in 1876. Nineteen-year-old orphan Esperanza Gorst arrives from Paris at the great country house of Evenwood to become lady's maid to the 26th Baroness Tansor, the former Miss Emily Carteret. But Esperanza is no ordinary servant. She has been sent by her guardian, the mysterious Madame, to uncover the secrets that her new mistress has concealed for decades, and to set right a past injustice which -- although Esperanza does not know it -- is intimately linked with her own future as well as her past. Gradually, those secrets are revealed, and with them the true identities of nearly every character -- for it seems that no one in Esperanza's world is who she believes them to be. She finds herself enmeshed in a complicated web of intrigue, deceit, and murder that culminates in a devastating betrayal by those she trusted most. Richly textured and elegantly told, The Glass of Time is a completely enveloping tale of identity, of the unexpected consequences of hidden truths, and of what can happen when past obsessions impose themselves on an unwilling present.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2008.
ISBN: 9780771023071
Branch Call Number: COX
Characteristics: ix, 530 p.


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Jul 14, 2014

As much as I enjoyed the book's predecessor, this sequel seemed like far too much of the same. Unfortunately too the "twists" along the way seemed far too apparent in most cases.

If Cox had wanted to continue the tale of Edward Glyver, I wish he had done so through the perspective of Edward himself rather than simply through his daughter and revealing (shock horror!) that he was indeed still alive at the end of the book.

Jul 07, 2014

Very English Victorian. Good plot, good substance to story, very prudish as English culture was in the 1800's. Includes romance, mystery, intregue and surprise coming together of story.

eradan Jun 06, 2013

I loved both these books!! Excellent!

Jul 05, 2012

You wouldn't know this was written by a man. The narration by Esperanza Alice Gorst comes through as naturally and seamlessly as you would expect from a Victorian heroine. I loved this book. It slowly moved through the unveiling of the riddles one by one, while at the same time adding more to the plate. The whole tone was reminiscent of something Dickens might have written. Upstairs vs downstairs, secret letters, murders, mysterious stalkers, orphan children, plots, anonymous tips, aliases - just very delicious.

RenGrrl May 20, 2011

Fans of Michael Faber will enjoy this one! Gripping, whimsical and very Victorian!

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