To All Appearances A Lady Reviews

“Audacious and very impressive. It is the struggle for self-knowledge and moral awareness that makes this a remarkable book.”

Alan Massie, The Scotsman

“Marilyn Bowering has written a whale of a yarn! She takes history, adventure, mystery and romance and fuses all of the elements into a fascinating whole.”

Chattanooga Times

“A  many layered and carefully choreographed novel about the sea coast that moves magically between two generations.”

Linda Spalding, Quill & Quire

“A strangely beautiful, haunting first novel. Bowering has created a magnificent character, at once mythical and human.”

Publishers Weekly

“I found myself rereading sentences, passages, whole pages, slowly consuming the words and the gorgeous details, a bolt of cloth, a whiff of opium smoke, a bit of polished bone.  Delicious.”

Renee Hulan, Malahat Review

“A vivid, absorbing, perceptive, sensitive, and spare. To All Appearances a Lady is a marvellous debut; to all appearances a paragon of dazzling imagination.”

Tom Adair, Scotland on Sunday

“Bowering synthesizes time past, time present and time-in-coincidence to create a boundless time and a boundless work of art.”

Doug Beardsley, Times Colonist

“Bowering’s novel is a powerful one, with a wealth of colour and a fine sense of drama.  It is positively Conradian, not only in its nautical lore but also in its epic sweep.”

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