The Devil On Her Tongue

Paperback | June 24, 2014

byLinda Holeman

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A spellbinding story of loss, romance and betrayal set in 18th-century Portugal, from internationally bestselling Canadian historical fiction author Linda Holeman.
     Diamantina is 13 when her father, a Dutch sailor who washed up on the Portuguese island of Porto Santo, abandons her and her African-born mother and sets off for the New World. Unbaptized, tainted by her mother's witchcraft and her foreign blood, the girl is an outcast who seems doomed in her struggle to survive. Diamantina refuses to accept her destiny and vows to escape her circumstances and forge a life of her own, no matter the cost. But as the price of her desires rises, can she live with the choices she has made? Diamantina's odyssey to change her life is a sweeping narrative of starvation and plenty, cruelty and love, disaster and triumph.

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A spellbinding story of loss, romance and betrayal set in 18th-century Portugal, from internationally bestselling Canadian historical fiction author Linda Holeman.      Diamantina is 13 when her father, a Dutch sailor who washed up on the Portuguese island of Porto Santo, abandons her and her African-born mother and sets off for the Ne...

LINDA HOLEMAN is the author of The Lost Souls of Angelkov, as well as the internationally bestselling historical novels The Linnet Bird, The Moonlit Cage, In a Far Country and The Saffron Gate, as well as eight other works of fiction and short fiction. Her books have been translated into twelve languages. A world traveller, she grew up...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 9.2 × 6.36 × 1.18 inPublished:June 24, 2014Publisher:Random House of CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307361624

ISBN - 13:9780307361622

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good summer read! I really enjoyed this book. My Portuguese roots is what drew me to read it, and it did not disappoint. The story is told through the eyes of Diamantina, and an eventful life she has. It is beautifully written with many trials and tribulations. I was also drawn in by the description of the Portuguese Islands and the history.
Date published: 2015-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Amazing! This is now the 6th book of Holeman's that I have read, and is now my favourite (second to The Linnet Bird). She has such a gift for weaving an elaborate story that you can't put down, with such unexpected twists, and her characters are so diverse and wonderfully deep. The story of Diamantina is beautiful, heartbreaking and thrilling, a pure joy to read.
Date published: 2015-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Mesmerizing I cannot express enough how much I enjoyed this novel by Linda Holeman. The plight of Diamantina at times is heart-wrenching, but with resilence and courage, she perseveres to make a better life for herself. Born poor, the daughter of a witch who is ostracized by the villagers, and later abandoned by her father who reluctantly leaves them for the New World, the heroine faces numerous conflicts as she fights to make her own way and live life on her own terms. Beautiful prose and compelling characters made this a wonderful read! It is very much a story of extremes - wealth vs poverty, love vs hate, honesty vs deceipt, cruelty vs generosity, and much, much more. This lush story set in beautiful, exotic setting, swept me away. It is women's historical fiction at its best - moving, compelling, and engrossing. Read it and see for yourself.
Date published: 2014-07-13

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“I couldn’t put it down…. A great summertime read.”
—Linda Diebel, The Hamilton Spectator
 
“This book had me at the opening sentence, never once did the pace falter or the characters disappoint.”
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