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Daughter of the House: A Novel
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The enchanting sequal to Rosie Thomas's celebrated story of magic and intrigue, The Illusionists.The year is 1910: Eliza's life has been utterly transformed since she dove head-first into the bohemian world of the Palmyra Theatre, becoming first a stage player and, since her marriage to impresario Devil Wix, a canny woman of business. She is now the mother of growing children, and in her family life as well as at the theatre she must face the challenges of a new century. The First World War changes the world forever, and the fortunes of the Wix family change with it. Eliza's daughter, Nancy, must find a way to keep the Palmyra afloat, and to entertain audiences who have lost husbands and sons in the conflict. Nancy is a born performer, but she is set apart—even from her beloved brothers—by her psychic gifts. She learns that she must harness her troubling powers, under the tutelage of the mysterious Mr. Feather, to keep the family and the theatre intact. It is a dangerous path and a lonely one, but Nancy's bold choices lead her to love, and beyond that to the recognition of what it takes to become a modern woman. As another war begins to threaten the world, she is forced into a final, fateful confrontation with her demons, and must marshal both her ingenuity and her mysterious talents to fight for the survival of friendship, independence and family.

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      • content: It's very easy to become captivated by Rosie Thomas' latest novel...The story comes together in a wonderful tale of love, sadness and growth.
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        July 1, 2015
        British author Thomas (The Illusionists, 2014, etc.) brings back the Wix family, entertainers who own London's Palmyra theater, and focuses on the daughter's story in this historical romance set in the early 20th century and beyond. Since surviving the sinking of a pleasure steamer during a family excursion, psychically gifted 13-year-old Nancy Wix occasionally sees images of a young victim. Worse, rescued passenger Lawrence Feather pops up at random times, intent on convincing Nancy to channel her powers and communicate with his beloved sister, a passenger who drowned on the cruise. Nancy's repelled by him and uncomfortable that he recognizes her connection with the Uncanny (as she calls the supernatural world), something she's never revealed to her parents. Her mother, Eliza, is frail, and her father, Devil, is always busy scheming to keep the Palmyra afloat. Her parents' relationship is stormy, but the two remain devoted to one another; Nancy, though, often feels alienated from both. They focus their efforts on younger brother Arthur's future by enrolling him in elite schools and encouraging him to mingle with the upper class. Nancy knows her parents have no such hopes for her eldest brother, Cornelius, or herself, but she's determined to follow her own path. In her 20s, she becomes involved with Feather's godson, Lion, but abandons conventional expectations to be with the love of her life, wealthy businessman Gil Maitland. Nancy also finds herself slipping into the role of parent while her mother and father become mired in destructive behaviors. To help keep her family afloat, she seeks out Feather-who uses his own weak psychic abilities and knowledge of human gullibility to conduct seances for paying audiences-becomes his student and protege, and then leaves him to establish her own show at the Palmyra. Thomas focuses more on plot development and characterization in her current offering than she did in the prequel, and she almost manages to pull off an absorbing historical romance. She creates a dynamic protagonist involved in an uncertain romance, and her other principal characters are equally well-rounded. But her heavily ornate style of writing, combined with long superfluous passages and terminology unfamiliar to many readers, detracts from the overall quality of the story. Rather sloppy, but Thomas fans may embrace this latest effort.

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        Twelve-year-old Nancy has managed to keep her contact with the Uncanny a secret from her flamboyant family. But when they are saved from a dramatic shipwreck, a fellow passenger, Lawrence Feather, zeroes in on her, desperate to use her skills to connect with his drowned sister. Her family, theater entrepreneurs in 1910 London, fends off Feather's creepy attentions. But years later, when their theater is threatened with closure by the austerities of WWI, Nancy contacts Feather herself, reluctantly proposing to team with him to offer seances and public performances for profit. She becomes a sensation, even as her brother returns shell-shocked from France and her father's financial folly sends the family deeper into crisis. In the 1920s, her relationship with a wealthy married man complicates her loyalties to her family and bohemian friendsand challenges the clarity of her own vision of her place in the world. A long, appealing yarn of a story, Daughter of the House is a sequel to the author's earlier The Illusionists (2014) but is eminently readable as a stand-alone novel.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2015, American Library Association.)

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