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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (200 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Melissa Jones Narrator: Lorna Raver Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2010 ISBN: 9781400189267
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After the start of the Civil War, Emily Hudson—an orphan who lost her family to consumption and fever—finds herself the begrudged guest at the home of her relatives in Newport. Emily’s longing to be an artist is dismissed by her puritanical uncle, who wants nothing more than to rid himself of her through marriage. Her only friend is her aesthete cousin William, an ailing young writer. When a promising engagement to the eligible Captain Lindsay is broken, William rescues Emily from an uncertain future by taking her to England. Lonely and desperate to escape her cousin—once her confidant, now her obsessively controlling patron—Emily sets out alone to meet her destiny in the eternal city of Rome.

Reminiscent of the novels of Edith Wharton, Emily Hudson is an exquisitely told tale about a heroine struggling to be true to herself and to also find love in a society where only marriage or an independent income guaranteed a woman the freedom to do as she pleased.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/11/2014

    " Painful and haunting at times, this vivid portrayal of a free-spirited young woman trying to conform provided an alternately depressing and uplifting look at how society often literally and metaphorically corsets us all into a mold that ultimately isn't worth fitting. Fascinating, but definitely not a light read in the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vickie | 2/11/2014

    " A slow starting period peice about England and the differences between men and women. It ended on a very positive note. That I liked a bout it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 1/24/2014

    " Good story, easy to read, a few of the character's seemed a little over bearing. It ends abruptly. The traveling to England and Italy at the time of the Civil War was interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miriam Ruina | 1/17/2014

    " I Absolutely Love This Book I Recommend It To Every Reader. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 12/22/2013

    " This book was an advance copy that I won through the FirstReads program. Overall, I enjoyed this book and found it to be a quick read. I enjoyed Emily Hudson as a character, but wanted to know more about her and her many relationships. My only disappointment was that I felt the author rushed through her story. Would love to see it a little longer and more detailed in the relationships of the character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 12/20/2013

    " This was a delightful read. I read it almost in one sitting. I truly understood Emily and her feelings.... Wonderful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rhonda | 12/16/2013

    " A very very slow book had to push myself to finish the story "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jess | 12/14/2013

    " Abandoned. Could not get into it at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 10/12/2013

    " This story has its roots in the life of Henry James, specifically his manipulative relationship with his cousin Minny Temple and her energetic spirit. His book "A Private Life of Henry James: Two Women and His Art" was the corner stone of this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan Weiss | 10/2/2013

    " I loved this book. I loved Emily's personality and how she always stayed true to herself. In a way she kind of reminds me of myself, which was great because i was able to connect better with her character. The story was amazing and it was a very rewarding book to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pamela Murray | 5/5/2013

    " This novel based on Henry James' life was readable and had lots of great period detail. Unfortunately. the characters just never quite came alive for me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Liz | 1/31/2013

    " Grabbed this book off the new fiction shelf at the library while I was with the baby. Didn't have time to really check out the books, so I hope this one is at least entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheri | 12/18/2012

    " not a bad story but sort of longer and more drawn out than it needed to be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 9/12/2012

    " It started off slowly and was a bit tedious and morose. I kept plugging away and about halfway through I started to enjoy the book. I liked the ending and was happy to see the main character start to have some strength. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marnie | 8/22/2012

    " very Wharton-esque. neatly tied up into a bow at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia | 1/13/2012

    " Reminiscent of Edith Wharton with a little Charlotte Bronte thrown in. You can actually feel the claustrophobic desperation of an intelligent woman in the 1860s watching her life choices narrowing. G-rated, but with a darker edge than Jane Austen. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heather Taylor | 11/29/2011

    " Boring! Only made it to the 3rd chapter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Athena | 9/18/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. A historical novel based in the 1860's, this book just the right amount of historical detail. It gives a great look at how women were viewed in this era. I also enjoyed the letters that the various characters wrote. Worth reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 6/9/2011

    " A good story in need of more editing and pruning. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vickie | 4/17/2011

    " A slow starting period peice about England and the differences between men and women. It ended on a very positive note. That I liked a bout it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 4/16/2011

    " Good story, easy to read, a few of the character's seemed a little over bearing. It ends abruptly. The traveling to England and Italy at the time of the Civil War was interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K | 4/12/2011

    " I loved it! Thank goodness for the epilogue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 2/1/2011

    " It started off slowly and was a bit tedious and morose. I kept plugging away and about halfway through I started to enjoy the book. I liked the ending and was happy to see the main character start to have some strength. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheri | 12/20/2010

    " not a bad story but sort of longer and more drawn out than it needed to be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deanna | 12/13/2010

    " I thought this was an interesting time piece and I enjoyed the writing style. I always like when a book gives me a better glimpse of what my life would be like in a different time and economic situation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 12/2/2010

    " I really enjoyed this book. The ending was great! This book will stay with me for quite some time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Athena | 9/1/2010

    " I really enjoyed this book. A historical novel based in the 1860's, this book just the right amount of historical detail. It gives a great look at how women were viewed in this era. I also enjoyed the letters that the various characters wrote. Worth reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rhonda | 8/30/2010

    " A very very slow book had to push myself to finish the story "

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About the Author

Melissa Jones is the daughter of the Jamaican poet and screenwriter Evan Jones and the sister of novelist Sadie Jones. The author of Cold in Earth and Sick at Heart, she lives in an Essex village in England with her husband and two children.