Penelope, Queen of Ithaca is a young woman when her husband, Odysseus, leaves home to fight in the Trojan War. Now, nearly twenty years later, she is a woman of mature years who waits patiently for her husband to return. It has been years since the fall of Troy and, alas, she has heard nothing about what has become of her husband. On the island of Ithaca, Penelope is forced by the sacred laws of hospitality to tend to the needs of her guests who never seem to leave.
When tragedy suddenly strikes the Summers family, they have no choice but adapt to the situation. They have lost a beloved husband and father. Now Mrs. Summers and her four daughters (Sarah, Emily, Viola, and Georgiana) face the cruel reality of penury. What are five genteel females to do?
Maggie’s life is unique. As a time-traveler, she inhabits three different time periods. In 1861, she is Miss Margaret Wakefield, daughter of a well-to-do senator wary of spies during the beginning of the Civil War. In 1941, she is Lieutenant Maggie Hollingsworth, a Navy nurse just before the start of World War II. In 2001, she is Meg Clarke, a promising medical student working at Georgetown University Hospital.
Annabelle Armitage is the undeniable “belle” of her family. She is largely neglected by her selfish father, Mr. Charles Armitage, the Vicar of St. Charles and St. Jude and her invalid mother, Mrs. Armitage, who always fancies herself ill. Annabelle was featured as a minor character in the first installment in the “Six Sisters” series, Minerva. In “The Taming of Annabelle,” she is the heroine and central focus of the story. Now that her older sister, Minerva is affianced to Lord Sylvester Comfrey, our vain heroine sets her sights on him. She decides that she will seduce Lord Sylvester and steal him from her sister.
Keren’s family are Jewish captives who live in Babylon, trying to make a living in a difficult place. When Lord Daniel, governor of the province of Babylon, takes Keren into his home, she promises to faithfully serve him as a scribe. While living there, she becomes someone he trusts deeply and is instructed in lessons alongside his sons, where she meets Jared, their best friend.
Lady Caroline Morton, daughter of the late Earl of Morton, has fallen upon hard times. Necessity has compelled her to seek employment as a lady’s companion to a nouveau riche widow, Mrs. Frogerton. She also helps to instruct her employer’s daughter, Dorothy, in the finer points of being a proper lady. Caroline’s disapproving aunt, Lady Eleanor Greenwood, invites her and the Frogertons to a house party in the countryside.
Newlyweds Mr. Knightley and Emma are hosting a party at Donwell Abbey. In attendance are some of Jane Austen’s most beloved characters living happily ever after: Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth, Colonel Brandon and Marianne, and Edmund Bertram and Fanny, among others. In an interesting interconnected web, all the characters are tied together in one way or another. Mr. Knightley is friends with Mr. Darcy, and so on.
Miss Kate Linnet, daughter of Sir Cavendish Linnet, is the long-suffering oldest sister who takes care of a gaggle of younger sisters. Since her mother passed away, they have been her responsibility. There is sweet, good-natured Nora; the troublemaker, Sadie; and Tilly, the youngest sister who is still quite childlike. Kate is smarting from the moment where she was jilted at the altar by the odious Lord Greyson Colter.
In the twilight years of the French monarchy, Giselle serves Queen Marie Antoinette and helps her to perfect her appearance. Outside the palace walls, the common people are in uproar and protest in the streets. At Versailles, the facade of normalcy exists but Giselle starts to see that everything is not as it seems. The closer Giselle gets to the queen the more she sees the heavy burdens that weigh on her shoulders.
Theodosia Burr, daughter of Senator Aaron Burr, is a young socialite who comes of age in 1800. In a time where female education and independence of spirit are not encouraged, she is something of a rarity. The other ladies around her prefer to talk of mindless topics—such as courtship and gossip—while she likes intelligent discourse. The product of a well-rounded education overseen by a caring father, she is entirely unconventional.