The Elsingham Portrait

The Elsingham Portrait Expecting a marriage proposal but ending up jilted Kathryn Hendrix wanders into an art gallery and becomes lost in the eyes of a portrait of a beautiful woman painted hundred years before Suddenl

  • Title: The Elsingham Portrait
  • Author: Elizabeth Chater
  • ISBN: 9780449500187
  • Page: 446
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Expecting a marriage proposal but ending up jilted, Kathryn Hendrix wanders into an art gallery and becomes lost in the eyes of a portrait of a beautiful woman painted 200 hundred years before Suddenly, she s transported from 1975 into an eighteenth century English world of luxury and decadence now occupying the body of the woman in the portrait, Lady Nadine Elsinghamxpecting a marriage proposal but ending up jilted, Kathryn Hendrix wanders into an art gallery and becomes lost in the eyes of a portrait of a beautiful woman painted 200 hundred years before Suddenly, she s transported from 1975 into an eighteenth century English world of luxury and decadence now occupying the body of the woman in the portrait, Lady Nadine Elsingham.Kathryn finds herself confronted by the arrogant yet disturbingly handsome husband of Lady Elsingham, Lord John, all the while thrust into an old world that thinks her mad when she tries to explain what s happening in the colonies How will she escape being sent to Bedlam before she can get back to her old life

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    1. One of the literary devices I'm always a complete sucker for is the character plucked from her own time and dropped, clueless, into another, whether through straightforward time travel (if there is such a thing) or some kind of sorcery. It's the latter in The Elsingham Portrait – apparently – and lots of fun. I won this book through LibraryThing's Member Giveaways – thank you to the publisher and LT. Kathryn Hendrix is having a bad day. Her boyfriend invited her to lunch, and she has been [...]

    2. Cute and fluffy timey-wimey fun. The characters were more intriguing sketches than fully-realized portraits, and the whole plot was pretty wibbly-wobbly, with a lot of problems handwaved away, but it was a quick read, and better written than a lot of comparable fluff written today. Glad I picked it up.

    3. It is quite different from the books I usually read but I'm glad I picked it up. It was a free read at and it's a somewhat historic novel combined with time travel, which I gotta admit I never felt curious about, so it was quite a feat to impress me but it did.It's sweet, dramatic and interesting. There is no sudden burst of a happy ending or solution to all of the troubles. There is indeed a happy ending but it's different, not what the main character wanted. Basically, Kathryn wanted to retur [...]

    4. Rather disappointing. The heroine comes across as rather daft and boring, and none of the other characters really have any personality and resemble cardboard.

    5. The Elsingham Portrait byElizabeth Chater (1979, Ivy Books) is a clean (more about this below) time travel Georgian romance, and can also be found in the third Elizabeth Chater Regency Romance Collection. Elizabeth Chater is a favorite author of mine. It looks like this was either Chater’s first or second published novel. 4 starsThe Elsingham Portrait begins in 1974. I didn’t enjoy the first half of chapter one very much. I’m not sure if it’s because I prefer historical fiction, or if so [...]

    6. Kathryn Hendrix is a modern woman living in New York in 1974. She is independent, educated, and bored. She recently gets dumped by her philandering boyfriend and takes off in one of those hissy-fit-in-the-rain moments. She takes refuge in an art gallery and comes across the Elsingham Portrait of Nadine Elsingham. Nadine in a woman with a past from 1775 England. While looking at the portrait, Kathryn time travels to 1775 into Nadine's body. Where Nadine went is anybody's guess. Kathryn must try t [...]

    7. Having read a dozen+ of Elizabeth Chater's regency romances, this was not one of my favorites. It is a time travel fantasy whereby Kathryn, a lonely young lady living in New York at the present time, enters a museum to escape the rain and ponders the over 200 year old portrait of Lady Elsingham. She is mysteriously time-transported back to the time that the painting was created and discovers she is inhabiting the body of Lady Elsingham! There is no mention to whatever happened to the original La [...]

    8. This book was written in the 70's as you follow from the women's rights story line. Its about Kathryn Hendrix a modern woman living in New York in 1974. She gets dumped by her boyfriend ends up in a gallery and sucked into another dimension. She ends up in the body of Nadine, a woman with a past in 1775 England. Wile you never know where Nadine went or why they swapped bodies, Kathryn must deal with the results of the mess Nadine has gotten herself into as well as escape the witch and 1775 super [...]

    9. A story not without a lot of charm and yet I just couldn't get into this story or its characters as much as I would have liked--some depth and warm-bloodedness seemed to be lacking. The whole time travel thing was just confusing to me, and even though another reviewer said the fact that the how and why are never adequately explained takes nothing from the story, for me it did. Now where was Nadine while Kathryn was inhabiting her body in 1775 England? If the vain, greedy, narcissistic evil Nadin [...]

    10. This is a delightful tale of supernatural, suspense, historical romance. Yep, it has all that and once I started reading it, I just didn't put it down. Only a few books have ever forced me to reading in one sitting. Good characters, a good and often simple line of circumstance and steady movement. The "Portrait" delivers and even though the how and why are never explained, it takes nothing from the story. And there are even a couple of good lessons to learn from the happenings. Read it and you'l [...]

    11. Creepy goings-on. A woman falls through some sort of worm-hole in time and becomes the woman in the portrait she was looking at. But she's completely different in temperament from the person whose body she is inhabiting. Can she persuade the other woman's husband that she is different in time to stop him sending her away?

    12. This was certainly a love story that was able to transcend time, not to mention other obstacles that a pair of lovers came across. I don't want to give away too much of the story line, but this story touched me on so many levels. For anyone interested in a "love conquers all" type of story, this is a must read. I can't wait to read whatever the author has lined up next!

    13. A nice read A love story that could have been made more enjoyable by delving further into the characters It seemed as if we had just scratched the surface Still a nice attempt

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