Posted by: Jennifer | June 16, 2008

The Courtesan’s Daughter – Claudia Dain

Dain, Claudia. The Courtesan’s Daughter. (New York: Berkley, 2007). ISBN – 9780425217207.

Main Characters: Lady Sophia Dalby; Lady Caroline Dalby and Lord Ashdon

Date: 1802

Related Works: This is part of Claudia Dain’s The Courtesan series. The first book in the series is the Courtesan’s Daughter – the story of Caroline Dalby and the Earl of Ashdon. The Courtesan’s Secret  is the second book. The third story in the series is the story A Night at the Theater in an anthology entitled Private Places (to be released in August 2008). This story is a prequel and details to romance of Zoe Auvray and the Duke of Aldreth. Sophia meets her future husband, the Earl of Dalby. Lady Amelia Caversham’s story will be the fourth in the series, titled The Courtesan’s Wager (due out February 2009).

Description from book:

What Price Love?

Young Lady Caroline’s prospects for a suitable match are severely limited by her mother’s infamous past. Before Lady Sophia Dalby became a countess and entered London Society, she was a highly desired courtesan. What man of title, position, and wealth would marry a courtesan’s daughter?

Sophia’s solution is to purchase a husband for Caroline – in the person of the Earl of Ashdon, agreeing to settle his gambling debts if he will take her daughter’s hand. Insulted, Caroline refuses the match. She won’t have a husband who was bought for her.

But after meeting the fiery Lord Ashdon, she begins to wonder if it wouldn’t be so very satisfying to have him pay for her, perhaps with a priceless pearl necklace? Who better to turn to for advice but a former courtesan? With Sophia pulling the strings, Lord Ashdon may get more than he bargained for and Caroline may get just what she wants . . .

My Thoughts:

I definitely felt that this book is important to truly understanding the background of The Courtesan’s Secret. There was much more about the relationship between Sophia and Lord Westlin – which I think is critical to getting a sense of what Sophia is about. Also, there is some background dealing with Anne Warren and her possible parentage. I was a bit bewildered by some of the discussion in The Courtesan’s Secret about certain people’s parentage, but now, I sense that the question of whether or not Lord Westlin has fathered certain people has a great deal to do with Sophia’s decisions about including them in her machinations.

Undoubtedly (for me), Sophia is the central character in these books. Everything that occurs in the books happens because of her. I felt a bit sorry for Caroline at times, because I sensed that it wasn’t easy for her to have Sophia for a mother. Despite this, the relationship between Caroline and Lord Ashdon was fun to read about. Sophia purposely bought up Lord Ashdon’s debts in order to force him to marry her daughter. Of course, Lord Ashdon’s father (The Lord Westlin) had actually directed him to incur debts in order to make himself seem vulnerable to Sophia. Lord Westlin wanted Caroline ruined. Fortunately, Lord Ashdon is unable to purposely ruin Caroline – much like we assume Sophia had known all along. He does indeed offer Caroline a strand of pearls and does indeed marry her.

This book has a very complicated and sometimes convoluted plot. However, I find this to be what makes the story so enjoyable. Sophia is an uncommon character – and I can’t wait to read more about her life, her pursuits and her plans for those around her. There has to be so much more to her relationships (especially with Lord Westlin), and I can’t wait to find out all about it.

Read first in June 2008

Advertisements

Responses

  1. […] Works: This is part of Claudia Dain’s The Courtesan series. The first book in the series is the Courtesan’s Daughter – the story of Caroline Dalby and the Earl of Ashdon. The Courtesan’s Secret is the second […]

  2. […] Works: This is part of Claudia Dain’s The Courtesan series. The first book in the series is the Courtesan’s Daughter – the story of Caroline Dalby and the Earl of Ashdon. The Courtesan’s Secret  is the second […]

  3. […] The Courtesan’s Daughter – Claudia Dain […]

  4. […]  The Courtesan’s Daughter – the story of Caroline Dalby & the Earl of Ashdon. […]


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Categories

%d bloggers like this: