Title: The Muse of Fire
Author: Carol M. Cram
Date: December 26th 2017
Publisher: New Arcadia Publishing
Genres: Historical Fiction
Abandoned at birth, the grandly christened Edward Plantagenet rises from London’s Foundling Hospital to take charge back stage at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, only to be blind-sided when he rescues Grace—a young woman escaping an abusive father.
Grace finds an outlet for her passions as a Shakespearean actress, becoming ensnared by intrigues and setbacks that mar the pathway to stardom she craves.
Set against the tumultuous backdrop of the Old Price Riots of 1809, Grace and Ned find common purpose in a quest that threatens to tear both their worlds apart.
“Meticulously researched and with an atmosphere so rich that one can almost smell the face powder, The Muse of Fire is another triumph for Carol M. Cram. The irresistible story at its heart is impeccably woven into the tapestry of British theatrical history with such precision that Grace and Ned might have stepped from the pages of the Georgian gossip sheets and straight into fiction. The Muse of Fire will linger long after reading. It’s not to be missed!” – Catherine Curzon, author of Queens of Georgian Britain, Life in the Georgian Court, and Kings of Georgian Britain
The Muse of Fire is a historical fiction novel about the Old Price Riots which happened at the Thatre Royal, Covent Garden, in 1809. The protagonist is Grace, a girl from the upper middle-class, who has been living in London with her father since her mother’s death. One day, after he hits her, she escapes from home and meets Ned, a guy who works at the theater.
I really liked how Carol Cram interwove history with the story she wanted to tell. I also appreciated all the descriptions of the true events that happened in the book.
The only thing that I didn’t particularly liked was how everything seemed left to fate and that there were so many coincidences.
After living all her life according to what her father wanted, Grace finally decided to follow her dreams, even though it meant living and leading an insecure life. I loved her growing arc, we get to know her fears and hopes.
Ned is another character I enjoyed reading about. He was kind and intelligent, always there to help Grace. I was inspired by his affection and love for his best friend Alec, who betrayed him, but Ned still cared for the man with whom shared all his childhood
The writing style was very good, plus the history was well portrayed, and I give this book 4 out 5 stars.
About the author
Carol M. Cram is the author of A Woman of Note (Lake Union Publishing, 2015) and The Towers of Tuscany (Lake Union Publishing 2014). In addition to writing fiction, Carol has enjoyed a great career as an educator, teaching at Capilano University in North Vancouver for over twenty years and authoring forty-plus bestselling textbooks on business communications and software applications for Cengage Learning. She holds an MA in Drama from the University of Toronto and an MBA from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. Carol is currently focusing as much of her attention as she can spare between walks in the woods on writing historical novels with an arts twist and sharing her Nia practice as a Nia teacher. She and her husband, painter Gregg Simpson, share a life on beautiful Bowen Island near Vancouver, Canada.
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