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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (97 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nora Hague Narrator: Mary Peiffer Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2008 ISBN: 9781415961971
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Complex and sophisticated, sensuous and sexy, Nora Hague's eloquent debut novel, Letters from an Age of Reason, is set amid two historical hotbeds of racial tension, moral hypocrisy, and shifting sexual convention. The years in question are the tumultuous '60s -- the 186os. And the landscapes are those of the Civil War -- era United States and Victorian England.

Miss Arabella Leeds, the teenage daughter of a prominent New York family, and Aubrey Paxton, the pampered "high-yellow" house servant of wealthy New Orleans slaveholders, are destined to meet and fall in love. But before their paths can cross, and their romance commences in London, each must forsake complacency and comfort, the familial and familiar, for a journey toward selfdiscovery and the allure of the forbidden. Arabella must abandon the gentlewoman's prescribed path and redefine her convictions -- particularly those regarding her own sexuality -- while Aubrey must acknowledge within himself a growing awareness of race and gender politics, and his place in a culture determined to ostracize him.

The pair make their unknowing way toward each other, encountering en route high adventure, erotic awakening, long-buried family secrets, and the racy underpinnings of corseted nineteenthcentury society. Coincidence and correspondence steer them into the company of morphine addicts and occult practitioners, protofeminists and sexual outcasts, glib aristocracy and dire poverty. But for Aubrey and Arabella, the greatest challenge will lie in their passion for each other, which places them forever outside the mores and conventions of their time.

A romantic adventure rich with vivacity, humor, and historical detail, Letters from an Age of Reason is a beautifully tapestried tour-de-force whose exceptional depth, passion, and power are sure to resonate long after the final page is turned.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 12/4/2013

    " great story about an interracial couple in the 1860s. the reader gets the perspective from a slave in LA and a society woman living in england during the civil war "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie | 10/22/2013

    " Sweeping historical saga with such plot elements as interracial romance, suffragettes, morphine addiction, and lesbian innuendo, it's easy to see her mentor was E.L. Doctorow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherry | 10/2/2013

    " Fast easy historical novel about the life of a slave. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie Bloch | 8/19/2013

    " While the story would have been just as good, probably better, as a narrative, it is a very good story that never moves too slow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 stephanie | 6/13/2013

    " a total bodice-ripper, but yet, really good? yes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tania | 5/6/2013

    " I've read this a long time ago so I can't remember the details, but I quite enjoyed it at the time. A complete surprise since this was an impulse buy and I didn't know the author before. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly Cashio | 4/27/2013

    " one of the only books that kept me alone and in the bed for 6 days straight. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cyd | 3/26/2013

    " This was a great story, there were a few threads that did not get wrapped up in the end. Reaaly quite a bodice ripper. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 K | 3/22/2013

    " I loved this book! It was a little weird at first because I would get drawn into Arabella's story and then it would switch to Aubrey's story. The stories were so different and disconnected at first but as the stories came together it was impossible to put the book down. A really great book! "

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About the Author
NORA HAGUE trained as an actor in New York before turning her hand to writing. She went on to graduate from the Creative Writing Programme at New York University, where she first began writing Letters From an Age of Reason. She lives in Manhattan.
About the Narrator

Mary Peiffer is an audiobook narrator, most known for her narration of Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mysteries.