Read an excerpt of this book! Add to Wishlist. USD 3. Sign in to Purchase Instantly. Explore Now. Buy As Gift. Overview A sweeping historical drama, based on the true and enduring love of Thomas Cochrane and Maria Graham.
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Product Details About the Author. About the Author Rachel Billington has published 17 novels and eight books for children, as well as several non-fiction works. She is also a regular journalist, feature writer and reviewer. She has four children and four grandsons and lives in London and Dorset.
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Valparaiso, June Thomas Cochrane has led the Chilean fleet to victory, and as the news spreads of the country's independence from Spain, a British woman, Maria Graham, watches from her house near Valparaiso Bay. In Maria Graham Cochrane meets a woman whose intelligence and spirit of adventure match his own. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages.
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Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jul 31, Beverly rated it liked it. Slightly put off at first by the device of the narrator writing from the grave.
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But it works in the end. A lot of research has gone into this novel. The characters are based on historical figures. Obviously a fair amount of the plot is fiction but it seems plausible enough. And a good read. Dec 23, Anne Harvey rated it really liked it. This was probably more of a literary novel than I would normally read but, as it was an audiobook, I found it more enjoyable as much due to the excellent narrator, Nicollete Mackenzie, as anything.
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It tells the story of Maria Graham, a something widow, and Admiral Cochrane, a married forty-something man and the time they spent together in Chile and Brazil in the early s. These were real people who had very special friendship at the time of the fight for independence against colonialism This was probably more of a literary novel than I would normally read but, as it was an audiobook, I found it more enjoyable as much due to the excellent narrator, Nicollete Mackenzie, as anything. These were real people who had very special friendship at the time of the fight for independence against colonialism in both countries.
Whether they were actually lovers is purely speculative but it is on this concept that Rachel Billington has based her novel. And an excellent job she makes of it. Maria comes across as an erudite, slightly ascerbic, occasionally wickedly humourous woman, known in her day as a 'blue stocking. Yet, in his dealings with Maria, he is often endearingly tender if somewhat bumbling. An excellent read, made more enjoyable by the brilliant characterisation of Maria.
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