Prima Donna Epub í Paperback


  • Paperback
  • 418 pages
  • Prima Donna
  • Megan Chance
  • English
  • 17 March 2018
  • 0307461017

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Prima DonnaSabine Conrad thought she had it all the grand Prima Donna of the stage, the darling of New York society as well as the love of her controlling manager Gideon Price until she is involved in a murder that sends her running to the farthest corner of the country, Seattle Down on her luck, and going by the name Marguerite Olson she takes employment with a saloon keeper that eventually grows into a business partnership as well as a relationship of sorts The story is told in alternating view Sabine Conrad thought she had it all the grand Prima Donna of the stage, the darling of New York society as well as the love of her controlling manager Gideon Price until she is involved in a murder that sends her running to the farthest corner of the country, Seattle Down on her luck, and going by the name Marguerite Olson she takes employment with a saloon keeper that eventually grows into a business partnership as well as a relationship of sorts The story is told in alternating viewpoints, the later storyline in Seattle is first person narrative of Sabine and her past history as a young opera star is told via excerpts from Sabina s diary Eventually Sabine Marguerite s past comes back to haunt her and she must chose between her new life or the old one that comes calling once again can she resist the lure of the stage and the public s adoration Yawn Despite not being a great fan of opera, I actually had great hopes for this one, especially with the setting being my own home town Seattle Unfortunately as some other reviewers have noted none of the characters were terribly likeable and in fact most times were downright distasteful as was much of the language they used as well as their sexual relationships does everyone like it rough and ready Sabina was bordering on TSTL over Gideon and his machinations oh come with the suspecting the maids of stealing her jewels , and I also found it hard to believe that no one would have raised an eyebrow at a young girl old traveling around the country with her brother and manager without a proper escort I did enjoy the old Seattle setting and didn t really catch anything that sounded out of place and very much appreciated her including The Mountain in her settings Rainier does dominate the landscape just a tad when she deigns to show herself , but I think I would have enjoyed itif there d been someinteraction with the founding fathers, but outside of a very brief appearance at the end that is not to be It would have been nice to see Sabine interact with Asa Mercer as well as a Pike or Boren In the end, it is a good book but not a great one Get it from the library if you must and then buy it if you love it Opera singer Sabine Conrad is the toast of nineteenth century New York high society A celebrated soprano with the voice of an angel, she is showered with adulation by her audiences and courted by wealthy patrons But behind the scenes, her every move is controlled by a Svengali like manager, Gideon Price When her attempt to escape him goes tragically awry, she flees, leaving behind a grisly murder Three years later, as Marguerite Olson, she has put aside the prima donna she once was to run a low class theater in Seattle Hidden among prostitutes, drunks, and miners, a desperate and determined Marguerite carefully guards the secrets of her old life until her past returns to offer a terrifying proposition Prima Donna captures both the glittering decadence of New York and the rough raunchy waterfront of Seattle, as Marguerite, caught between two worlds, must find the strength to confront the truth of her past and choose which voice defines her in this dark and harrowing novel I ve read some of Megan Chance s other books I highly recommend An Inconvenient Wife, which has one of those endings that just leaves you gasping but this, I think, is her best yet It s not for you if you don t like narrators who are well, let s put it this way, you don t want to cross opera singer Sabine Conrad or, as she becomes, Marguerite Olson She s not a character you love she s a character you are fascinated by, not just because of what she does, but because of how she has created s I ve read some of Megan Chance s other books I highly recommend An Inconvenient Wife, which has one of those endings that just leaves you gasping but this, I think, is her best yet It s not for you if you don t like narrators who are well, let s put it this way, you don t want to cross opera singer Sabine Conrad or, as she becomes, Marguerite Olson She s not a character you love she s a character you are fascinated by, not just because of what she does, but because of how she has created so many layers around herself and what she s done that you finish the book wondering if the ending is sort of happy in a tragic way or just really tragic That kind of writing take a lot of skill in my opinion, and Megan Chance pulls it off beautifully Moving back in forth from Sabine s early years as an opera singer in the 1870s, to the moment where her life falls apart in the late 1870s , to her life as Marguerite in Seattle in 1881, you see what s happened and, as the novel keeps going, start to wonder if Sabine, even when she was young, was as naive as she appears to be, or if she was determined to get what she wanted no matter what And her life as Marguerite she s hard and broken but still sointricate, really, is the word I think best describes her And Sabine.If you like historical fiction that doesn t flinch away from the darker side of human nature, do yourself a favor and check this one out It is truly mesmerizing and I can t wait to see what Megan Chance does next This story is told from two different view points One viewpoint is twenty seven year old Sabine who is living in Seattle and working in a saloon hiring prostitutes and constantly looking over her shoulder in fear that her past will catch up with her The other viewpoint is seventeen year old Sabine s journal and it talks about the opera and her lovers and the all the scandal and family problems The journal also slowly leads readers step by step towards understanding why and how Seattle Sabine This story is told from two different view points One viewpoint is twenty seven year old Sabine who is living in Seattle and working in a saloon hiring prostitutes and constantly looking over her shoulder in fear that her past will catch up with her The other viewpoint is seventeen year old Sabine s journal and it talks about the opera and her lovers and the all the scandal and family problems The journal also slowly leads readers step by step towards understanding why and how Seattle Sabine is in the situation she is in.I did not care for the journal of young Sabine Thru her words readers visit the scandalous and heated backstages of 1800s opera, but it is literally a soap opera about the opera Everybody is sleeping with everybody else and on top of being incredibly selfish, spoiled, and wanton, Sabine is also unbelievably naive Her lover, Gideon takes women left and right and she cannot figure him out Her jewelry also keeps disappearing Hello, Sabine Anybody home in that brain Something else I found bothersome was that anytime Sabine and Gideon have words, they must sum it up with rough sex Seattle Sabine is not much better Tho she lacks the fame, money, and pretty dresses, she still offers her body to get what she wants and thinks only of herself Tho hiding from her past and those that are searching for her, her vanity and love of her own voice may be her downfall She begins a show business venture with her current lover and it is only a matter of time before her past catches up to her and she has a decision to make.I was all prepared to give this four stars due to the amazing historical details and the fact that I truly felt I was on the rainy streets of 1878 Seattle, but just when I thought Sabine was finally redeeming herself, I lost what little respect I had for her around page 334 The ending left me feeling empty I feel Sabine went back to square one and well what was the point of all this then While I don t think this is the best work I ve read from this author I still found the story and the characters interesting and enjoyable I think Megan Chance is very good at writing characters in an ambiguous way so the reader isn t really sure how to interpret their actions She s also very good at writing emotional or romantic relationships I liked the way she did both in this story.I highly recommend An Inconvenient Wife by Megan Chance, which is a very interesting novel with some simila While I don t think this is the best work I ve read from this author I still found the story and the characters interesting and enjoyable I think Megan Chance is very good at writing characters in an ambiguous way so the reader isn t really sure how to interpret their actions She s also very good at writing emotional or romantic relationships I liked the way she did both in this story.I highly recommend An Inconvenient Wife by Megan Chance, which is a very interesting novel with some similarities to Prima Donna, The Spiritualist is also similar to Prima Donna in that the reader isn t certain about the character s motivations.In Prima Donna I enjoyed reading about the young Opera star, Sabine s, rise to fame and the way she goes about securing patrons and the gifts they give her I thought the way her relationship with her sister s beau Gideon changed over time was intriguing and I wondered who s interest he had at heart I thought the story s weakest point was the relationship between the characters Marguerite and Johnny, who run a theater with a little prostitution on the side in Seattle The reader is told how Johnny feels but is never shown the reasons for his feelings or how they develop, this omission felt like a void in the story to me.I enjoyed the ending and I especially liked the way Chance paints a very different picture of the events that happened in the story just by shifting the perspective I thought this was an easy and enjoyable read buthistorical romance than historical fiction If you are looking for something by this author I would encourage you to try An Inconvenient Wife or Susannah Morrow Sabine Conrad is on top of the world She finds herself as one of the most popular sopranos in the country, until a shocking murder brings it all crashing down.The story is shown through Sabine s journal entries documenting her rise to fame during the 1870s The other parts take place in 1881 Seattle, four years after the murder, where she has assumed a different identity.The journal entries were sometimes excruciating I knew that she was young and everything, but good grief She was dumb as a Sabine Conrad is on top of the world She finds herself as one of the most popular sopranos in the country, until a shocking murder brings it all crashing down.The story is shown through Sabine s journal entries documenting her rise to fame during the 1870s The other parts take place in 1881 Seattle, four years after the murder, where she has assumed a different identity.The journal entries were sometimes excruciating I knew that she was young and everything, but good grief She was dumb as a bag of rocks Speaking of rocks, it seemed like all she needed was for someone to buy her a nice piece of sparkley jewelry after a fight and all was forgiven.I did enjoy the scenes in Seattle and the inner turmoil that was going through Sabine s head as she started to get close to people, but had to lie to them to protect her past However, despite her best efforts, she soon finds herself face to face with the demons she tried to keep hidden and her life is once again turned upside down.I also enjoyed all the opera talk I just love opera and it was one of the things that attracted me to this book.Overall, I did enjoy Prima Donna I wasn t blown away by it and there were some excruciating parts, like I said Also, the ending was wrapped up just a little too neatly, like it felt a bit rushed, but it was a pretty good read I ve loved Megan Chance for years I love her heroines, especially, their bitterness and fear and bravery Prima Donna was split up into the heroine s present day well, 1878 present day and flashbacks to her earlier life The only reason I didn t give this book 5 stars is that the heroine had grown so much in the intervening years, and I didn t quite adore the flashbacks as much as the present day stuff set in Seattle I love my city I loved seeing her change and come to some tough realiz I ve loved Megan Chance for years I love her heroines, especially, their bitterness and fear and bravery Prima Donna was split up into the heroine s present day well, 1878 present day and flashbacks to her earlier life The only reason I didn t give this book 5 stars is that the heroine had grown so much in the intervening years, and I didn t quite adore the flashbacks as much as the present day stuff set in Seattle I love my city I loved seeing her change and come to some tough realizations about herself and her life, and I wantedof that That said, I could barely put this book down I finished it in just a few days, and it s generally taking me a week orto read a novel these days I highly recommend it And if you like historical fiction that doesn t turn a blind eye to the scariness of some aspects of the past, especially for women, check out her An Inconvenient Wife It s one of my favorite historical novels ever And if you can get your hands on Fall from Grace, one of her backlist romances, I loved that too This novel about an opera singer in the 19th century captured my interest, being a singer myself I thought that the intrigue and mystery connected with the storyline would be satisfying, and make for a good read Well little did I know that this female author chose to throw in quite a bit of bad language words that I have to wonder that they would say in those days, as well as sexual situations that didn t really add to the storyline, nor need to be there It wasn t really of the bodice ri This novel about an opera singer in the 19th century captured my interest, being a singer myself I thought that the intrigue and mystery connected with the storyline would be satisfying, and make for a good read Well little did I know that this female author chose to throw in quite a bit of bad language words that I have to wonder that they would say in those days, as well as sexual situations that didn t really add to the storyline, nor need to be there It wasn t really of the bodice ripper genre, but it was enough to make one annoyed and took away from the original story.I liked the story and the mystery, but did not enjoy the writing.not a fan I am trying to decide if all of her novels will be this way and why this author feels as if she needs to write like a man.which tend to beexplicit in the sexual scene area When there is writing like this when it supposed to be a historical novel mystery, it takes me out of the era and the story becomes almost a chore to follow.All in all not my favorite I first read Megan Chance s City of Ash I shouldn t have It has lots of F bombs I even emailed the author and asked why she put so much crappy language in She responded that the characters in that time period would have talked that way She suggested I read her other books which she said didn t have as much bad language I got 20 pages in to Prima Donna and saw she was wrong that one is just as bad I can t recommend this book or City of Ash It s too bad because the historical part of Cit I first read Megan Chance s City of Ash I shouldn t have It has lots of F bombs I even emailed the author and asked why she put so much crappy language in She responded that the characters in that time period would have talked that way She suggested I read her other books which she said didn t have as much bad language I got 20 pages in to Prima Donna and saw she was wrong that one is just as bad I can t recommend this book or City of Ash It s too bad because the historical part of City of Ash and maybe Prima Donna was really great and you could tell she did her research But I just don t want to wince when I read A surprisingly good story set in 1870s Seattle about a successful singer trying to escape her past.


About the Author: Megan Chance

Librarian Note There isthan one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread forinformation Megan Chance is the critically acclaimed, award winning author of several novels Girlposse.com calls her a writer of extraordinary talent Her books have been chosen bys Book of the Month, Borders Original Voices and IndieBound s Booksense A former television news photographer with a BA from Western Washington University, Megan Chance lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two daughters Visit her at www.meganchance.com