McMahon brings her magnificent storytelling talent to bear on an epic 19th-century tale of adventure and heartbreak. The Crimean War makes for a tragic and dramatic backdrop, and Florence Nightingale makes a cameo appearance. The Alchemist's Daughter won many fans in the trade and was a Waterstones paperback of the year. It has so far reprinted five times. 'McMahon has given us a first rate historical romance: it's hard to think it will be bettered this year.' The Independent on Sunday on The Alchemist's Daughter.
Katherine McMahon is the author of five novels. She has taught in secondary schools, performed in local theatre and worked as a Royal Literary Fund fellow, teaching writing skills at the Universities of Hertfordshire and Warwick.She lives in Hertfordshire.Previous titles:The Alchemist's Daughter (Bfmt Dec 06, TPB March 06);After Mary;Confinement;Footsteps
Is love complicated or a complication? McMahon (The Alchemist's Daughter) explores this issue in this historical novel set during the Crimean War. Mariella Lingwood is a proper Victorian young lady. She is in love with a distant cousin and well-respected surgeon, Henry Thewell. But the relationship changes when Mariella's dear first cousin Rosa enters the picture. Henry and Rosa are in the Crimea as a surgeon and a nurse, respectively, and Henry falls ill and is sent to Italy to recover. When Mariella rushes to his side, it is Rosa's name he raves in his delirium. And when Rosa is reported missing, Mariella does something unexpected. She travels to the front lines of battle to search for her cousin and learn the truth. But in the midst of war, she finds chaos, which rattles the foundations of her existence, and Mariella must discover her strength and fight for what is truly important. McMahon's complex plot makes for an atypical but satisfying read, even if the ending feels a tad abrupt. Recommended for all fiction collections.-Anna M. Nelson, Naples Regional Lib., FL Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
I loved everything about this book. With a cracking plot, wide in scope and yet exquisitely detailed, it conveys the world of England in the 1850s .... her best so far - HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEW - Sally ZigmondI was fully immersed in my reading and bitterly disappointed when it ended. - THE BOOK BAG - Sue Magee'This is everyting a good historical romance should be. - THE GOOD BOOK GUIDE