Monday, August 1, 2011

Forgotten Books: Moonraker's Bride

Sometimes it feels like everyone in the world is waiting for the next big thing—the next big movie—the next big song—the next big BOOK.

So what does that mean? Is your book doomed if it doesn’t make it big in a year? Six months? Before it comes out? (Explain that to me). Are you relegated to obscurity?


I thought I would dedicate this week to “Books that should have been big—but weren’t.” I love to find books like this. Books that have been forgotten by time, publishers, and all but a few loyal readers. First up:


Author: Madeleine Brent (a pseudonym for author Peter O’Donnell—if a man writing romance under a woman’s name doesn’t make you want to read it, I don’t know what will :)

Genre: Historical Adventure/Romance

Published: 1973

Born in a Mission in China, Lucy Waring finds herself with fifteen small children to feed and care for. The way she tackles this task leads to her being thrown into the grim prison of Chengfu, where she meets Nicholas Sabine - a man about to die.
He asks her a cryptic riddle, the mystery of which echoes through all that befalls her in the months that follow...

This book is AMAZING. It is one of my top ten favorite books of all time!!! It is out of print and hard to find. Some libraries have it some don’t. I just broke down and bought it on Amazon. I am ALWAYS looking for a great used copy.

So every day this week I’m going to give you another relatively unknown book. Now you have to give me some too. I was going to put a year restriction on it but you know—go wild. Give me books, old or new, that should never be forgotten!



E.R. King said...

Thanks for the book referral. I'm going to search my local library for it. I hope I find it!

Densley Family said...

NEver tease a weasel.

Kim said...

What a beautiful cover! That alone piqued my interest...
How did you find this book? Did someone refer it? Or was it a serendipitous (sp?) shelve find?

Angie Cothran said...

Emily: Good luck. My library doesn't have it.
Becca: Never Tease a Weasel is a classic :)
Kim: My sister told me about it. I wish I could find more unknown gems like this.

Sara Bulla said...

never read it. Thanks!

Rayne Speryll said...

I love Moonraker's Bride! I can't tell you how much I love this book. It was introduced to me by my librarian, and now it is one of my top favorites. I only wish it was more well-known. In my opinion, it deserves to be made into a BBC mini series. :) Thank you for posting this review!

ChrisV said...

BBC mini series? I will have to look it up!

ChrisV said...

My mom told me about this book. It is on her book shelf. I remember her reading it when i was a kid. I picked it up when I was 17 or 18 and loved it. To me it was not a typical romance. What a great mystery it is.

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