Wicked Company



❴Ebook❵ ➨ Wicked Company Author Ciji Ware – E17streets4all.co.uk At a time when female writers are considered a scandal, Sophie McGann, an independent Scottish lass living in London, pens plays for David Garrick, the lengendary actor manager of Drury Lane At a time when female writers are considered a scandal, Sophie McGann, an independent Scottish lass living inLondon, pens plays for David Garrick, the lengendary actor manager of Drury Lane.Wicked Company

CIJI WARE is a New York Times USA Today bestselling novelist, an Emmy award winning television producer, reporter, writer, lecturer, and host Her latest work, LANDING BY MOONLIGHT, published October , , was inspired by the exceptional American women who volunteered as Churchill s Angles secret agents during WW II, parachuting into occupied France to fight the Nazis As with her other novels, author Ware invites her readers to view her research photos at pinterest cijiware landing byWare s Four Seasons Quartet THAT series includes stand alone titles set in CORNWALL, EDINBURGH, VENICE and PARIS that were released betweeen A novella The Ring of Kerry Hannigan, part of the RING OF TRUTH anthology with novelists Diana Dempsey and Kate Moore, was released as a single title in the spring of Ware has won numerous awards for her works of fiction, including the Dorothy Parker Award of Excellence the Golden Quill award for Historical Fiction Best Fictionalized Biography for her th c historical novel, ISLAND OF THE SWANS For the latter work, she was bestowed in Edinburgh the honor of FSA Scot, of which she is exceedingly proud Another historical novel, A RACE TO SPLENDOR, debuted in April, on the th anniversary of the devastating San Francisco Earthquake and Firestorm and was short listed for the WILLA Cather Literary Award in In , Ware was named to the Martha s Vineyard Writers in Residence program where she began a long term project REINVENTINGME, a memoir of her years in all aspects of media Currently, she is working on the second of two novels in her Spy Sisters series set in WWII based on the lives of several American women secret agents in the armed conflictWare s most recent nonfiction, RIGHTSIZING YOUR LIFE Simplifying Your Surroundings While Keeping What Matters Most, was named by the Wall Street Journal as One of the Top Books on Retirement Issues She continues to lecture extensively on the subject of domestic downsizing for people age as she relates her own journey from sq feet of living space in Beverly Hills and Santa Barbara, down to a cottage by the sea of around square feet in the San Francisco Bay Area and loving it She is also the author of JOINT CUSTODY Making Shared Parenting WorkFor eighteen years, Ware was heard daily as a commentator on ABC Radio TV in Los Angeles During her noted career as a broadcaster, she has worked as a reporter or anchor for PBS and all three major network affiliates, covering a wide range of topics in the areas of health, consumer, lifestyle and women s issuesCiji Ware is also a sought after event speaker, print journalist, AARP, Travel Leisure and other national magazines and has the distinction of being elected as the first woman graduate of Harvard College to serve as President of the Harvard Alumni Association, Worldwide The author is married four decades to Internet marketing executive, Tony Cook The Cook Wares have a son, daughter in law, and three grandchildrenVisit Ciji s website at cijiware her Facebook page Ciji Ware, Novelisthttp facebook pages Ciji Wa and her Pinterest page at.

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  • 695 pages
  • Wicked Company
  • Ciji Ware
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  • 10 December 2018
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10 thoughts on “Wicked Company

  1. says:

    3.5 stars OK, so since I didn t take the book from Sourcebooks but got it from the library I don t have to wait until late September to post my review, right Edinburgh, 1761 Sophie McGann s bookseller father runs afoul of the law as well as a vengeful nobleman and she finds herself in need of a quick getaway out of Scotland before she lands in the clapper as well Coming to her rescue is the ever so handsome Hunter Robertson who hides her in his friend James Boswell s trunk and she s off to Lo 3.5 stars OK, so since I didn t take the book from Sourcebooks but got it from the library I don t have to wait until late September to post my review, right Edinburgh, 1761 Sophie McGann s bookseller father runs afoul of the law as well as a vengeful nobleman and she finds herself in need of a quick getaway out of Scotland before she lands in the clapper as well Coming to her rescue is the ever so handsome Hunter Robertson who hides her in his friend James Boswell s trunk and she s off to London to start a new life with her Aunt and Uncle who also run a bookshop , but she finds her uncle dead and her aunt well on the road to insanity Never one to let her spirits down for long, Sophie bucks up and puts the bookshop and printing business to rights Located near the Covent Garden theater district, Sophie soon finds herself thoroughly entrenched in the theatrical community, including the famous actor manager David Garrick who encourages her to pen her own plays Eventually Sophie needs to get out of Dodge in a hurry and retreats to the theaters at Bath where she meets up with old friend Hunter who is surprised at how nicely Sophie has grown up , as well as two lords with a great interest in the theater business, Roderick Darnly and Sir Peter Lindsay Hoyt Since this is a romance, you know that just as our pair discover true love there s going to be complications and separations, and Sophie finds herself at the mercy of our two debauched noblemen Is Sir Peter really the dear knight in shining armor he seems, or does he desire Sophie for other reasons What deep dark secrets does Darnley hold and what it his compelling interest in Sophie The story from here on out takes plentiful twists and turns and ups and downs as Sophie and Hunter fight the baddies, have numerous Big Misunderstandings and separations whilst trying to keep their true love alive I actually enjoyed this book a great deal, especially the different setting of Covent Garden, and Ware did a nice job of weaving her fictional characters in with the historical ones It was interesting to see how the plays came together along with the struggle women had whilst writing plays and succeeding in a man s world, as well as getting anything past the King s censor The first two thirds of the book were pretty near unputdownable I love a good romance , but in the end things got a wee bit too much with the melodrama, the separations waaaaay too long, and IMHO could do with editing out about 200 or so pages and wrap things up quicker Still, a good quick read despite its length and I d recommend it for romance fans, as well as those interested in all things theatrical 3.5 5 stars

  2. says:

    My reading experience for this can be summed up in three simple words I don t care.Don t care about the snowflake heroine, don t care about her spineless love interest, don t care about her adventures, don t care about her romance s , don t care about the meet n greet parade from this eratake your pick And the pacedear lord, the pace was excruciating I quickly lost all desire to wade through the same subjects on an endless feedback loop Sophie s age, Sophie s height, Hunter s drool wor My reading experience for this can be summed up in three simple words I don t care.Don t care about the snowflake heroine, don t care about her spineless love interest, don t care about her adventures, don t care about her romance s , don t care about the meet n greet parade from this eratake your pick And the pacedear lord, the pace was excruciating I quickly lost all desire to wade through the same subjects on an endless feedback loop Sophie s age, Sophie s height, Hunter s drool worthy physique, Sophie s disgust over Lord Whatshisname s risqu tastes, Hunter s accent, blah blah blah , nevermind the blatant infodumps on culture, people, objects At one point Ms Ware lectures the reader on sedan chairs SEDAN CHAIRS headdesk Either your audience knows about sedan chairs already, or they can grasp pertinent info via context clues STFU MOVE ON Standard 2 star DNF I suspect others might enjoy itthan yours truly shrug Sophie, honI worked at a bookstore for almost 10 years Sometimes you have to dispassionately stock something that squicks your own tastes Example I had a couple customers who regularly special ordered alien slave porn cowboy menage Do I like alien slave porn or cowboy menage I do not But it didn t permanently damage my internal sensibilities to handle the damn things It s called Doing Your Job Yet in this era of repressive Big Brother clergy who raided your bookshop literally days before, threatened to jail your beloved father for passing around Shakespeare where does Sophie hide Lord Pervert s skeevy engravings UNDER THE FRONT COUNTER YOU STUPID CHIT

  3. says:

    Hoo boy you know, I love me some historicaly romance but this was actually unreadable A story about a female playwrite during the reign of King George would normally be the kind of thing I would eat up in one afternoon on the couch I slogged through as much as I could, but yow the phrase, We made beautiful perfect love just shouldn t be written seriously Ever Sorry.

  4. says:

    Author Ciji Ware earned a lifelong fan in me ever since reading Island of the Swans READ MY REVIEW last year and was reinforced when A Cottage by the Sea READ MY REVIEW was re issued by Sourcebooks earlier this year So, when I got an email about reviewing the latest Ware re issue, Wicked Company, I jumped on it quick In her author notes Ciji Ware states that the inspiration for writing Wicked Company came up unexpectedly while conducting research for Island of the Swans The main character Author Ciji Ware earned a lifelong fan in me ever since reading Island of the Swans READ MY REVIEW last year and was reinforced when A Cottage by the Sea READ MY REVIEW was re issued by Sourcebooks earlier this year So, when I got an email about reviewing the latest Ware re issue, Wicked Company, I jumped on it quick In her author notes Ciji Ware states that the inspiration for writing Wicked Company came up unexpectedly while conducting research for Island of the Swans The main character of Island of the Swans, Jane Maxwell, had a sister who had written and produced several plays Ciji then researched further and found that there were about 98 women who wrote plays and had them run in London s most famous play houses between the years 1660 1800 And even though they were among the most popular writers of the day most of us know little about these extraordinary women.In Wicked Company, Ware brings 18th century London and the struggles of a woman playwright to life Sophie McCann is the daughter of a Scottish printer from Edinburgh who eventually comes to London and finds herself immersed in the theatrical world of Drury Lane and Covent Gardens Ciji has a great talent for creating awesome and unforgettable characters and while Sophie s naivet got on my nerves a smidge I still really enjoyed her Her tenacity and ambitiousness was inspiring and you really rally for her My only issue with this book was that after a while it seemed that everything and anything bad happened to Sophie, but I think the author was just trying to show the various obstacles that playwrights had to deal with at the time and for that I think she did a bang up job.Wicked Company is a great read and I very much recommend it

  5. says:

    Wicked CompanyThis book overall had a good storyline but it was not as well written as the 4 Seasons books It seemed to almost plod along at times but as it did have a long awaited happy ending, I am giving it a 4 star instead of 5 Overall, I love Ciji Ware s books and will readI think this was an aberration.

  6. says:

    I ve come to enjoy historical fiction in recent years, especially books focused on women, and Ware s Islands of the Swans, the first of hers that I ve read, immediately made me a fan.So I m not happy to report that this one disappointed me It s clear Ware did her research when she unearthed the fact that there were almost one hundred female playwrights in 18th century England, something certainly not well known today Most of the time, the women had to write under a male name to get their wor I ve come to enjoy historical fiction in recent years, especially books focused on women, and Ware s Islands of the Swans, the first of hers that I ve read, immediately made me a fan.So I m not happy to report that this one disappointed me It s clear Ware did her research when she unearthed the fact that there were almost one hundred female playwrights in 18th century England, something certainly not well known today Most of the time, the women had to write under a male name to get their works produced on the stage But a number authored plays under their own names that went on to be popular for many years, even after the death of the author.Ware crafted a fictional Sophie McGann as her heroine, daughter of a bookseller printer in trouble with censors for stocking books they deemed unsuitable reading, including plays She encounters handsome and talented but penniless Hunter Robinson and helps him get work on the stage.Eventually her talents attract the attention of wealthy and smarmy Lord Darnly, who wants both her writing skills and her ability to procreate.Thus ensues a long cat and mouse game where Darnly continually manages to get Robertson out of the picture, Sophie refuses him, and she gets Robertson back Along the while, she has to dodge her counterfeit baronet husband and gambler, Peter Lindsay Hoyt, while also writing her plays.My disappointment comes from the characterizations of Sophie and Hunter For someone as clever as she is, she doesn t ken the real threat of Darnly enough to stay out of his clutches Hunter s pride and ego get into the way each time she yet again has to get him out of deep trouble, even when he s half dead in prison on false charges This goes on through almost all of the novel s 600 pages And the ending is far from satisfying I really wanted Sophie to dump the whole lot of them and start anew elsewhere.That said, if you enjoy theater, you ll love Ware s accounting of all that goes into producing a play, including the backstage and off stage intrigues, the writing and rewriting, the crashes of the duds and the successes of the hits I suspect not much has changed in today s theater world

  7. says:

    I jumped at the chance to read and review this I am a geek for old time theatre and love stories of women busting through the gender restrictions of their time.Jumping from Edinburgh to London to Bath and everywhere in between, this is the story of Sophie McGann, a young woman who hasof her share of hard times, trying to fight for a voice in the theatre She suffered through an annoying censor who was one of many who had their opinion that the theatre was no place for petticoat playwrigh I jumped at the chance to read and review this I am a geek for old time theatre and love stories of women busting through the gender restrictions of their time.Jumping from Edinburgh to London to Bath and everywhere in between, this is the story of Sophie McGann, a young woman who hasof her share of hard times, trying to fight for a voice in the theatre She suffered through an annoying censor who was one of many who had their opinion that the theatre was no place for petticoat playwrights, and other road blocks such as her work being stolen and having to choose between her work and love.It amazed me how this little Scottish woman persevered through every hardship that came her way, and believe me, there was a lot of hardship It seems every time she turned around, there was something there to take her down I wondered if Sophie was going to ever get any type of happy ending.Wicked Company blended both fiction and real historical figures I loved the focus on the women playwrights, who have been largely forgotten Sophie came across a few of them at Drury Lane, such as Kitty Clive and Elizabeth Griffith This book opened my eyes to their work, which I plan to further explore in the future.Wicked Company was right up my alley I loved it It was a thick historical novel set in the 18th century with a wickedly strong heroine and with a great view of the gritty world of the theatre The descriptions and characters were spot on I know this sounds clich , but I felt like I was right there with Sophie, experiencing her frustrations.This is one of my top books read this year

  8. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here It s a long winded, crappy Harlequin romance with annoying and one dimensional stereotypes for characters As soon as boy meets girl , we know that they will end up together Sophie is a prude and a drip and an amazingly fertile one , inconcievably devoted to Hunter no kidding that s his name of the wide shoulders and tight buns, despite his unpleasant, rude, and verbally abusive behaviour On the rare occasion that he s both nice and around, they kiss have sex, then he abandons her for mon It s a long winded, crappy Harlequin romance with annoying and one dimensional stereotypes for characters As soon as boy meets girl , we know that they will end up together Sophie is a prude and a drip and an amazingly fertile one , inconcievably devoted to Hunter no kidding that s his name of the wide shoulders and tight buns, despite his unpleasant, rude, and verbally abusive behaviour On the rare occasion that he s both nice and around, they kiss have sex, then he abandons her for months to years Lather, rinse, repeat The romance plot bears a faint resemblance to Mansfield Park, but at least Fanny didn t marry the guy who knocked her up, then ran off to the colonies for years to save his skin.Why did I actually finish reading this book Well, the plot as it relates strictly to the theatre was fairly well done, and the historical details are quite interesting And I finish 99% of books that I start Otherwise, unless you re a theatre history buff, and perhaps not even then, don t even try

  9. says:

    Not a bad book, but I would have enjoyed it muchhad I been 18, instead of ahem a lady of a certain age It was a romance dressed up as historical fiction, but at its heart it was really a romance The minor historical inconsistencies how an 18th century character would act in a situation vs how a person of modern day sensibilities would act drove me nuts I love the cover, but I don t care enough about the two main characters to waste my time finding out if they ever discover true lov Not a bad book, but I would have enjoyed it muchhad I been 18, instead of ahem a lady of a certain age It was a romance dressed up as historical fiction, but at its heart it was really a romance The minor historical inconsistencies how an 18th century character would act in a situation vs how a person of modern day sensibilities would act drove me nuts I love the cover, but I don t care enough about the two main characters to waste my time finding out if they ever discover true love and happiness in a cruel world I ve got my own cruel world to deal with

  10. says:

    Whew, this one was quite a ride Lots of purple prose, gutsy heroine up against alpha male hero idiot, and lots of neat tidbits about the glory days of the English theatre Great fun, lots of details, some truly wicked bad guys, and one of the nastiest female rivals around For the longer review, please go here Whew, this one was quite a ride Lots of purple prose, gutsy heroine up against alpha male hero idiot, and lots of neat tidbits about the glory days of the English theatre Great fun, lots of details, some truly wicked bad guys, and one of the nastiest female rivals around For the longer review, please go here

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