Wild Geese by Lara Harte

Wild Geese

Lara Harte

A modern author's interpretation of the classic English romantic novel - set in the cities of Dublin and Paris in the 18th century. This one has a twist though, in that it has quite serious points to make on the nature of the human race, and on the politics of the period it is set in. More than just a romance, it really does bring a piece of history to life.

Extract

Dr Connor eventually found Isabella. Like most of the other passengers, she was standing on deck, watching the shore grow smaller and more distant. All around her, voices grumbled about the discomfort of the vessel's accommodation, and the suffering that lay ahead of them on the journey, but what Isabella felt most was an overwhelming sense of freedom as Ireland began to disappear behind an expanse of dull grey waves.

Parallels
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • English Passengers by Matthew Kneale

Books with similar mood

Catching the Light

Karen Powell

In the Falling Snow

Caryl Phillips

The India House

William Palmer

Ancient Promises

Jaishree Misra

Still Life

Louise Penny

The Snack Thief

Andrea Camilleri

The Beekeeper's Pupil

Sara George

Death in Pont-Aven

Jean-Luc Bannalec

The Cookbook Collector

Allegra Goodman

Despite the Falling Snow

Shamim Sarif

A Crying Shame

Renate Dorrestein

In Defence of Adultery

Julia Copus

The Way of Love

Nigel Watts

Augatora

Sujata Bhatt

River, Cross My Heart

Breena Clarke

The Collector of Lost Things

Jeremy Page

The Amateur Marriage

Anne Tyler

The Cryptographer

Tobias Hill

The Hero's Walk

Anita Badami

Pears on a Willow Tree

Leslie Pietrzyk

The Sealwoman's Gift

Sally Magnussen

The Sweet and Simple Kind

Yasmine Gooneratne

Missing Nancy

Carolyn Lewis

This Time of Dying

Reina James

Triangulation

Phil Whitaker

No Christian Grave

Edmund Power

Blessings

Anna Quindlen

After Rain

William Trevor

A Little Stranger

Kate Pullinger

The Light Between Oceans

M L Stedman

Sweet Offerings

Chan Ling Yap

Three of a Kind

Alison Norrington

The Golden Door

Kerry Jamieson

The Grenadillo Box

Janet Gleeson

The Memory Game

Nicci French

Undue Influence

Anita Brookner

Shotgun Lovesongs

Nickolas Butler

Miss Chopsticks

Xinran -

The Final Bet

Abdelilah Hamdouchi

Jamilia

Chingiz Aitmatov

Old Filth

Jane Gardam

The Seven Sisters

Margaret Drabble

Upstairs in the Tent

Cynthia Rogerson

City of Light

Lauren Belfer

The Happiest Days

Cressida Connolly

Skinjob

Bruce McCabe

By Night the Mountain Burns

Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel

Derby Day

D J Taylor

Crow Lake

Mary Lawson