Reviews for Beautiful Invention: A Novel of Hedy Lamarr:
"Hedy Lamarr is feted as much for her intellect as for her beauty in this captivating novel . . . The pacing of the story is spot-on: Hedy’s personal and career trajectories are excellently balanced by the secondary characters . . . . Porter’s insightful account of a gifted yet often misunderstood inventor and movie star makes for a winning novel." ~ Publishers Weekly
deftly weaves Hedwig Kiesler’s life as an intelligent, daring woman with the seductive, exotic Hedy Lamarr MGM invented and displayed to a fascinated public. It’s fast, fun, fascinating, enjoyable, intriguing, and recommended." ~ Historical Novels Review
“The golden age of the silver screen is brought to vivid life…Margaret Porter paints an indelible portrait of the reluctant starlet—as immigrant, inventor, and fierce patriot.” ~ Leslie Carroll, author of Notorious Royal Marriages
is a tender and poignant depiction of Hedy Lamarr’s life. Porter successfully divides her focus between Hedy’s acting career and the complex politics of the times . . . Porter details the uncertainty of Hedy’s career immediately after her arrival in the USA and peers behind the façade of glamour gilding both the mundanity and the debauchery of Hollywood’s Golden Age." ~ Caitlyn Lyle Farley
"Set against the backdrop of World War II, including a heady mix of Hollywood stars, this book provides an insight into the life of one of the film greats. Her rise from lowly script girl to big screen fame is charted in detail, providing us with clues to the real woman behind the glamorous persona . . . Hedy Lamarr, once touted as one of the most beautiful woman in films, is vividly brought to life in Beautiful Invention.
Those interested the early days of Hollywood glamour will love this book." ~ Readers' Favorite
A Pledge of Better Times (2015) received excellent reviews in book trade and other publications: "Brimming with vivid historical figures and events...rigorously researched and faithfully portrayed." ~ Publishers Weekly "Captures both the dramatic societal upheavals and the sparkling wit and court life of the time, especially in the character of Lady Diana, a wonderful fictional creation...a very rewarding reading experience." ~ Historical Novels Review "A richly evocative peek into a world long gone...with political and ideological maneuvering and romantic entanglements." ~ New Hampshire Sunday News "A true delight for fans of monarchy...Porter does a sensational job portraying the time period...the relationship between Charles and Diana is complex and interesting." ~ The Examiner
The original edition of Road to Ruin earned the Reviewer's Choice Award for Best New Author. The paperback edition was a mass market bestseller. This title has consistently remained in print in a variety of formats and languages. Novella The Apple Blossom Bower was an eBook genre bestseller on Amazon.
My 3 novels partly set on The Isle of Man are re-packaged and digitally published as The Islanders Series, which was the focus of a chapter in the academic study Island Genre, Genre Islands: Conceptualisation and Representation in Popular Fiction by Ralph Crane and Lisa Fletcher (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017).