Fame and Infamy

Rated 4.67/5 based on 3 reviews
Is it hard to be famous in the 1870's Paris? Ask the sharp-shooting contest winner Miss Nelly McKay, formerly of Butte, Montana. She is already walking the thin line between fame and infamy when she is noticed by Chancellor Bismarck and the German Secret Service. Yet all she ever wanted was to marry a gentleman! More

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About Iva Polansky

Iva Polansky was born in Prague and is now living in Calgary, Canada. Iva is a member of the Historical Fiction Authors Cooperative. We offer quality historical fiction books by independent authors. Visit our website:

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Review by: Carol on Feb. 18, 2013 :
This adventure/romance takes an American frontier woman to France and follows her evolution from a maid to a famous Parisian personality. Mysterious elements work in the background threatening her. A very different type of story.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: John Campbell on March 15, 2012 :
Fame and Infamy has it all: intrigue, atmosphere, love and most of all: delightful characters. Be prepared to become completely beguiled by this well-told tale of one woman’s adventures, which take you from Butte to Paris, from abject poverty to Parisian high life, from abandonment to love. Fascinating tension is ever present as it carries you through the mystery. Iva Polansky’s Fame and Infamy is a must-read story.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: VR Christensen on March 07, 2012 :
Fame and Infamy is a very interesting look at the life of a young woman, who, despite her good intentions, finds herself the victim of her own lofty aspirations. When offered the opportunity to leave her dirty home in the wilds of the American West and travel Europe as a lady's maid to a titled and newly married heiress, she jumps at the chance. Events unfold she could not have expected, and she soon finds herself answering questions in a police station. In embarrassed circumstances, and forced to hide for her life, and yet unable to return home, she suffers very nearly every deprivation, but is saved just in time, only to find herself in a very different sort of hot water.

Nell's story is a rare glimpse of the 'other side' of stylish Victorian Society. The concerns of etiquette and propriety are still very much Nelly's, but in a very different way than we are accustomed to seeing in our typical Victorian heroines.

As far as heroines go, Nell is as strong as they come, yet her flaws continually threaten to undo her. But if a sharp-shooting girl can make it in the Wild West, certainly she can make it in Paris. Can't she?

I found this book to be a truly engaging adventure, well written. With memorable characters and witty dialogue throughout, I don't think this is a book I'll soon forget. Any fan of Historical Fiction should love Fame and Infamy.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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