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Set against the backdrop of a failed Jacobite rebellion
and economic speculation, a young woman grows up
too quickly, a great family navigates disgrace….

Koen talks about writing Through a Glass Darkly


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"A heady mixture of sophistication and melodrama, elegance, decadence and homely virtues...stylishly wicked, smartly written and unabashedly bold." — Detroit Free Press

"Greatest romance ever written" — Romance Writers Report 2001; Book of Month Club main selection; New York Times best seller.

"Karleen Koen has created a stupendous saga full of romance, unrequited love, sex, duels, family dynamics and politics." — United Press International

"Koen is a graceful, natural writer and Through a Glass Darkly is a notable accomplishment, a suspenseful, romantic and vividly believable historical [novel] from a new writer who knows how to use (not abuse) her research material." — Kirkus Reviews

"What an incredibly potent evocation of the eighteenth century and what mastery Karleen Koen has over her enormous canvas." — Rosemary Sutcliff, author of The Eagle of the Ninth