Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Granada Gold by SA Carney


Book Blurb

Armageddon falls on my twelfth birthday:  I see my Christian parents conquer Moorish Granada. I am Juana Trastamara, part-English, heiress of the Alhambra, and future troubled Queen of Spain.


Granada Gold is based on the true story of young Juana Trastamara. During the Granada War, she befriends Lord Edmund Sales, commander of the English longbow archers fighting for Christian Spain. In 1492, Juana’s parents – Queen Isabel and King Fernando – defeat the Moors, expel the Jews, and send Columbus sailing across the Atlantic. These events shatter her tight-knit family. 


Rich with Moorish gold, the Trastamaras confront their deadly rivals, the Habsburgs. Juana’s arranged marriage to the womanising Habsburg duke, ‘Phillipe the Handsome’, is a personal disaster. Trapped in an increasingly abusive marriage, Juana has only one place to turn: England. Through Lord Sales, Juana meets Tudor King Henry VII, who falls deeply in love with her. The stage is set for international royal passion, betrayal, and death. 

Based on real historical characters, Granada Gold takes readers inside the world of the legendary Alhambra palace. SA Carney – an investigative historian – reveals newly-discovered twists in the Trastamara-Tudor-Habsburg family saga.

My Review


With its stunning cover, Granada Gold definitely caught my attention. It is a biographical fiction novel about Queen Juana, the daughter of King Ferdinand of Aragon and Queen Isabella of Castile. There are vivid descriptions of the Alhambra and daily life in 15th century Spain that I found intriguing. It was a tumultuous period in history where Granada was ruled by Juana’s Christian parents who became famous for not only expelling Jews, but also for funding the voyages of Christopher Columbus.

I sometimes found myself wishing for the story to move forward at a faster pace. From my own knowledge of this time in history, when Juana married Philip of France, she truly did suffer through a difficult marriage. I felt the author perhaps focused too much attention on her love for Lord Sales and her time before the marriage rather than dwelling on the more conflicted period of Juana’s life. Could it be because there is a sequel in the works that will continue the story?

Although the story does pick up speed during the last third, I think it will succeed more if marketed in the young adult category. All in all, Granada Gold is a very detailed accounting of Juana’s early life that sheds clarity on the political and religious climate of the times and the sense of excitement and adventure that gripped Spain with the discovery of the new world.

Friday, January 24, 2014

The Bloody City by C B Hanley




PUBLISHER'S BLURB

1217: Lincoln is not a safe place to be. A French army has captured the city, and the terrified citizens huddle in the rubble of their homes as the castle, the last remaining loyal stronghold in the region, is besieged. Edwin Weaver finds himself riding into grave danger after his lord volunteers him for a perilous mission: he must infiltrate the city, identify the traitors who are helping the enemy, and return to pass on the intelligence. The last man who attempted such a thing was captured over the castle war was a warning. The city is awash with violence and blood, and Edwin is pushed to the limit as he has to decide what he is prepared to do to protect others. He might be willing to lay down his own life, but would he, could he, kill?


REVIEW BY ANITA

This is Ms Hanley’s second story featuring Edwin Weaver, once a commoner but now in the service of Lord William Warenne for his brains, not his fighting skills when he takes his army to help William Marshall and his son, William, break the siege of Lincoln - in fact all the leading barons in the ‘Barons War’ appeared to go by the name of William!

Edwin is certainly not a soldier, but he is given some basic defensive skills by his comrades who take pity on him. This also gives the author a perfect opportunity to explain fighting techniques and weapons of the era which is fascinating in itself.

Once inside the city, Edwin discovers the townsfolk are suspicious of strangers, with secrets of their own and no one quite knows whom to trust. The author pulls no punches as to the realities and hardships of Medieval life – where dying of hunger was a real possibility.

The author brings new life to a period of history I knew nothing about before reading this story, and includes plenty of suspense, action and gentle moments, including the fascinating character of Lady Nicola de la Hay, the custodian of Lincoln Castle.

Against the backdrop of the siege itself is Edwin’s solving of a crime and a love story involving Alys, whose father died whispering a secret to his daughter which plunges her into danger other than the burden of having to provide for her siblings in the besieged city.

For those who love Medieval fighting stories with lots of authentic detail, this is a must. 




Anita Davison is a Historical Fiction Author whose latest release, ‘Royalist Rebel’ a biographical novel set in 17th Century England, is released by Claymore Press under the name Anita Seymour

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Claiming The Rebel's Heart



LAUNCH DAY FOR ALISON STUART'S LATEST CIVIL WAR ROMANCE

PUBLISHER'S BLURB

As the English Civil War divides England and tears families apart, Kinton Lacey castle is one of the brave few loyal to the roundhead cause.

With her father away, Deliverance Felton will do whatever it takes to defend her family home against the royalist forces ranged against it. She can shoot and wield a sword as well as any man and anything she needs to know about siege warfare she has learned from a book...but no book can prepare her for what is to come.

Captain Luke Collyer, soldier of fortune and a man with his own reasons for loyalty to the parliamentary cause, is sent to relieve the castle. Everything he knows about siege warfare in general and women in particular he has learned from experience, but when it comes to Deliverance Felton has he met his match?

Deliverance will not give up her command lightly and Luke will have to face a challenge to his authority as fierce as the cavalier foe outside the walls. He will do whatever it takes to win Deliverance’s trust but will he run the risk of losing his own, well guarded, heart?

REVIEW BY ANITA

Having read other works by Alison Stuart, I prepared to settle into a romantic story with a hefty dose of well-researched reality of the 17th Century, and this novel does not disappoint. The novel is set in the Hertfordshire countryside during the first year of the Civil War, when the Royalists were at their height and expected to crush the ‘Rebels’ with ease.

Deliverance Felton is a worthy heroine, strong minded and feisty, she is determined to defend her home near Ludlow and wield a musket herself if need be. Captain Luke Collyer, sent by her father to defend Kinton Lacey against the Royalist forces occupying Ludlow isn’t quite prepared for this headstrong girl who has her own ideas about fortifications to her home.

Their relationship begins shakily, with Deliverance putting a musket ball through Luke’s hat, and goes rapidly downhill when a trip to Ludlow to see what the King’s army is planning ends with them being chased from the town and Deliverance injured.

Luke discovers to his horror that as well as his growing attraction to Deliverance, their Royalist neighbours and enemy Charles Farrington has a brother who was once betrothed to the other lady of the house, Deliverance’s beautiful sister, Penitence.

What with this and ornery neighbours, Luke’s task is growing more dangerous every day – can he defend these two women and Kinton Lacey from being pulverised by the superior Royalist cannon? The siege has only just begun when they discover their food supplies have been sabotaged and someone is sending information to the enemy. Can the situation get worse?  Well of course it can, but I’ll leave that to prospective readers, and I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

There is also some fascinating information about weapons and defensive fortifications during the Civil wars which I found fascinating, and add to the authentic feel of the story. The two main characters jump off the page, and then there is Luke’s friend Ned who tries to talk Luke down from his hot temper, while Penitence is the voice of reason in the face of Deliverance’s pride and strong will.  This is a lovely story of burgeoning love in an impossible situation where no one can predict what will happen - well, not quite.

Alison Stuart
   
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A word from Alison: This is the first in a series - the Harcourt Chronicles, although why it is called the Harcourt Chronicles is a bit of a spoiler that will have to wait! This period of history is my passion and I would love to share it with you.
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Under the Wide and Starry Sky





Back Cover Blurb

From Nancy Horan, New York Times bestselling author of Loving Frank, comes her much-anticipated second novel, which tells the improbable love story of Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson and his tempestuous American wife, Fanny. 


At the age of thirty-five, Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne has left her philandering husband in San Francisco to set sail for Belgium—with her three children and nanny in tow—to study art. It is a chance for this adventurous woman to start over, to make a better life for all of them, and to pursue her own desires.  Not long after her arrival, however, tragedy strikes, and Fanny and her children repair to a quiet artists’ colony in France where she can recuperate. Emerging from a deep sorrow, she meets a lively Scot, Robert Louis Stevenson, ten years her junior, who falls instantly in love with the earthy, independent, and opinionated “belle Americaine.”



Fanny does not immediately take to the slender young lawyer who longs to devote his life to writing—and who would eventually pen such classics as Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In time, though, she succumbs to Stevenson’s charms, and the two begin a fierce love affair—marked by intense joy and harrowing darkness—that spans the decades and the globe. The shared life of these two strong-willed individuals unfolds into an adventure as impassioned and unpredictable as any of Stevenson’s own unforgettable tales.

Book Review


Author Nancy Horan has penned a beautiful love story about Robert Louis Stevenson and Fanny Vandegrift Osbourne Stevenson. It is a story about a strong woman who was not afraid to pursue life despite enduring a humiliating marriage with a philandering husband. The author does a wonderful job of bringing to life the late 1800's with excellent descriptions and details of day to day life. Like most biographical novels, there are times when one's life is not full of excitement or problems. And this is the case with Fanny and Robert's life.  The author manages this very well, and although the story is very slow at times, the result is a full and thorough accounting of their lives together. I especially enjoyed learning more about Robert Louis Stevenson, his failing health, and his determination to write works of the highest quality. 


Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Lost Duchess by Jenny Barden


Back Cover Blurb

An action-packed epic Elizabethan adventure with a thriller pace, a high tension love story, and the romance of the high seas. Emme Fifield has fallen about as far as a gentlewoman can. Once a lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth, her only hope of surviving the scandal that threatens to engulf her is to escape England for a fresh start in the New World, where nobody has ever heard of the Duchess of Somerset. Emme joins Kit Doonan’s rag-tag band of idealists, desperados and misfits bound for Virginia. But such a trip will be far from easy and Emme finds her attraction to the mysterious Doonan inconvenient to say the least...
Review
From it's shocking and gripping opening chapter of this novel by author Jenny Barden, the reader is hooked. I could not help but feel empathy for the heroine's plight and her need to start a new life away from the scandal that threatens to destroy her life through no fault of her own. So she finds a way to escape to the New World via a ship of settlers. It is to the infamous Roanoke that they are to venture to, where the mystery of what happened to its inhabitants has yet to be understood. What follows is a wonderfully complex story of intrigue, mystery, hardship, and betrayal. 
There is not one, but two horrible villains, and a wonderfully smart, savvy hero named Kit Doonan, that one cannot help but like. I was impressed with the author's historical research that really brought to life the struggles early settlers faced in America. The heroine, Emme, is also portrayed with credibility and empathy. This book is definitely an adventure story with strong elements of danger and a definite love story weaved therein. With its roots in Colonial America as wells as Elizabethan England, there is much to enjoy if one loves history. A nicely written novel with a compelling story!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Duke of a Gilded Age

PUBLISHER’S BLURB

When American-born Wesley Parker inherits a dukedom in 1890, he must learn to be an aristocrat. Assigned to the task is his attorney’s daughter, prim Belle Oakhurst. As they travel to England together on a luxurious ocean liner, their tempestuous relationship encounters more than rough seas. Although Wesley is increasingly attracted to Belle, she is already engaged. While Belle begins to regret her hasty promise to marry, she is bound by honor and duty to keep her pledge. Furthermore, a thoughtless fabrication on her part threatens to expose her as a liar. Neither Wesley nor Belle can foresee that their voyage across the Atlantic will be fraught with peril, and will cost more than one man his life.

REVIEW BY ANITA

The gauche and unsophisticated but charming and down to earth Westley Parker was warned not to become attached to the lovely Annabelle Oakhurst as the young lady is engaged to marry Sir Errol back in England - so of course I wanted to know how Wesley and Belle would end up together as it was inevitable from the start.

Although he has had a genteel upbringing and his manners are impeccable, he needs help with the protocol of the aristocracy, which Belle is happy to teach him. She takes him to all the right shops and sightseeing in New York, all of which are described beautifully with an authentic atmosphere of the 1890’s.

Ms Rogers’ characters are memorable, and I especially loved the enigmatic valet, Cavendish, a man with a secret past and an education well above his station in life. Belle is especially lovely, although her only flaw is she tried to impress a fellow passenger by saying her estranged grandfather was a baronet and had to face the humiliation of being corrected in public. Their fellow passengers are an interesting bunch, made up of heroes, villains and the unspeakable Mrs Stilton, whom I would have given a worse fate than Ms Rogers did, but this is her steamship novel, not mine!

A very enjoyable read.
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Anita Davison is a Historical Fiction Author whose latest release, ‘Royalist Rebel’ a biographical novel set in 17th Century England released by Claymore Press under the name Anita Seymour
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Monday, January 13, 2014

Lost in the Light

PUBLISHER'S BLURB

A SOUL HELD CAPTIVE… One October morning in 1932, Vicente Sorolla entered the white house on the hill and was never seen again .
Now, Detective Dori Orihuela witnesses his brutal murder in her nightmares. Drawn to this tough but tender woman, Vicente materializes out of her butler's pantry and asks her to find his lost love, Anna. Dori wonders if she's not only about to lose her badge, but also her sanity. Instead, she learns how to live and love again from a dead man who becomes her friend.
LOST IN THE LIGHT takes us back to the wild days of Prohibition when whiskey could make a poor kid into a king, and turn a nice girl into a woman who can stand on her own feet. Mary Castillo's latest novel weaves romance, history and mystery into an eerie, humorous, touching and unforgettable story.

REVIEW BY ANITA

Detective Dori Orihuela is recovering from what US Law Enforcement describes as a ‘Righteous killing’ [OK, put that down to my diet of US Cop shows] She is also the owner of a 120 year-old Edwardian mansion in dire need of a restoration; a job she cannot afford but the builder happens to be an ex-boyfriend still sufficiently besotted to give her a hefty discount.

Still suffering from flashbacks, when Dori has an image of a man being beaten to death in her house, she puts it down to mental instability.  However, the ghost of Vicente Sorolla is not to be dismissed so easily. Murdered in 1932, he needs Dori's help to find a woman named Anna. Vicente is disarmed by Dori’s 21st century tough cop/strong woman attitude but quickly learns to like and respect her.

The story shifts back and forth from present day to the thirties prohibition. The author handles both ages very differently, in that Dori’s life is peppered with humour, and the angst of a single, independent woman, plus cynicism in equal measure, while Vicente’s life was gritty, hard and provided scant happiness.  The story showed how a Mexican boy with few prospects could get caught up in the world of organized crime, but it is done in a pragmatic way and no one is sorry for Vicente,  especially himself.

Dori talks about her Mexican background, the details and attitudes of which I found interesting without being overly sentimental. I loved the fact Dori’s family lived slightly nefarious lives - i.e. when she learned her great-grandmother was a ‘laundress,’ she says that the only thing that lady probably laundered was money!

This novel kept me turning pages as there are so many questions to be answered. Will Dori and Gavin get back together again? What happened to Anna and can Dori help Vicente? Will Dori ever mend her fragile relationship with her mother? And will Meg the lonely librarian contribute something to this mystery or is her role to make a play for Gavin and make Dori jealous?

This book is a paranormal mystery, with a little romance thrown into the mix, and an excellent read. I didn’t miss a heavy romance element as the action, plot and story arc was great.  There are some questions that never get answered, for instance, is Dori the first person Vicente has enlisted since he died?  

I received a complimentary copy of this e-book in exchange for an honest review.

Anita Davison is a Historical Fiction Author whose latest release, ‘Royalist Rebel’ a biographical novel set in 17th Century England, is released by Claymore Books under the name Anita Seymour

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Whispers of Vivaldi

If you’ve never read a Tito Amato mystery novel, 
then you are surely in for a pleasant surprise. 

Whispers of Vivaldi by Beverle Graves Myers


Back Cover Blurb

Venice, 1745—an age of reckless pleasures, playful artifice, and baroque excess. An accident has reduced Tito Amato’s glorious singing voice to a husky croak. A tragedy— but also an opportunity. The once celebrated male soprano is now determined to prove himself as a director. With the theater losing subscribers to a rival company headed by an unscrupulous impresario, San Marco’s Maestro Torani charges Tito with locating the perfect opera to fill the seats in time for the opening of Carnival.
 
Surprisingly, a second-rate composer provides the very thing—an opera so replete with gorgeous melodies the public speculates it was written by the late Antonio Vivaldi. Even more disconcerting are the rumors swirling around Angeletto, a male soprano imported from Naples to sing the lead. Is the singer truly a castrato or a female soprano engaging in a daring but lucrative masquerade? 

Both matters lead the perplexed Tito into dangerous waters that turn murderous when Maestro Torani undergoes a series of increasingly vicious attacks ending in his death. And Tito is the prime suspect. His own life as well as the future of Teatro San Marco now depend on his skills as a sleuth….

Review

If you’ve never read a Tito Amato mystery novel, then you are surely in for a pleasant surprise. With its stunning cover, the story is wonderfully complex with plenty of intrigue, betrayal, innuendo, and murder. Oh, and did I mention the wonderful setting of Venice?

The story centers around the famous Teatro San Marco, Venice's premier opera house, which is struggling to keep its doors open. A rival company has opened and is gaining fame and popularity with opera goers who are quickly abandoning the Teatro San Marco. Desperate to keep its doors open, Tito Amato, a castrato, persuades the director to produce a newly discovered opera by the Great Vivaldi, a native son of Venice. Tito offers to travel to Milano to coax a promising young castrato singer with gaining fame to on the lead role. Much to Tito’s surprise, the singer agrees and follows him back to Venice. That’s when Tito discovers that the young male singer is really a woman. When the director of Teatro San Marco is discovered murdered, Tito becomes the main suspect and sets out to prove his innocence.

Because of my strong Veneto roots, and having been to Venice several times, I was truly impressed with the author’s knowledge and research of the Serenissima, its buildings, and history. She truly brought the story alive with rich descriptions that gave me a strong sense of being there. The main characters, especially Tito, are compelling and as big as life. And of course, the plot was simply enthralling. I definitely recommend this novel not only to lovers of Italian historical fiction, but to aficionados of wonderful, cozy mysteries. This is definitely a book to savour!


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Secret Rooms


 A True Story of a Haunted Castle, a Plotting Duchess, and a Family Secret

For fans of Downton Abbey: The enthralling true story of family secrets and aristocratic intrigue in the days before WWI

After the Ninth Duke of Rutland, one of the wealthiest men in Britain, died alone in a cramped room in the servants’ quarters of Belvoir Castle on April 21, 1940, his son and heir ordered the room, which contained the Rutland family archives, sealed. Sixty years later, Catherine Bailey became the first historian given access. What she discovered was a mystery: The Duke had painstakingly erased three periods of his life from all family records—but why? As Bailey uncovers the answers, she also provides an intimate portrait of the very top of British society in the turbulent days leading up to World War I.

The Secret Rooms is a historically factual novel about author Catherine Bailey who accidentally stumbled upon a dark, yet fascinating family secret while doing research for a completely different book. Sounds interesting, doesn't it? Catherine Bailey was given access to the Munitions Room in the Belvoir manor house, the home of the Duke of Rutland. There she searched through decades and centuries of letters and records pertaining to the family. The Duke of Rutland died in the Munitions Room, laying ill on an old couch, and refusing to leave the room for more comfortable surroundings. Why did he refuse to leave the room? What secret was he guarding? Why, in a room where records were so meticulously kept and catalogued, were there so many letters missing between specific dates. What follows is the author's own journey as she searches for the missing letters and the dark secret the dying duke had struggled to keep buried, and the ruthless mother who would stop at nothing to protect her son.

This is a very detailed book about the author's step-by-step research in uncovering the missing letters. I became engrossed in the description of the vast labyrinth of rooms and corridors in the manor and the lives of its past and present inhabitants. The novel begins with a bang and gripped me from the first page. Sometimes, the details of the search became a little dry, but overall, the story was fascinating and definitely worth following to the end. It gives reader excellent insight on the powers that come with the great wealth and aristocracy of a noble family.

Sisters of the Bruce



Back Cover Blurb

Set against the wild and perilous background of Scotland in the late 13th century, the adventurous lives of Robert the Bruce’s five sisters come to life through their own words in a series of letters. Courage and tenacity are often associated with Scotland’s great hero, but few appreciate the enormous challenges experienced by these remarkable sisters. Their intimate account of family life resonates still with love, loss and hope. 

Isa leaves home to sail to the land of the Vikings to become Queen of Norway whilst her sister, Kirsty, finds herself Countess of Mar and chatelaine of the great Kildrummy Castle in Scotland’s far northeast. Danger looms and the younger sisters, Mathilda and Margaret, escape to Orkney with Kirsty’s children. As Scotland spirals into war, Robert’s sisters face the wrath of King Edward of England, whose vengeance wrought the brutal death of William Wallace. Kirsty is incarcerated alone in an English nunnery, whilst Mary endures years of misery within a cage hanging from the walls of Roxburgh Castle. Under Robert’s kingship, old wounds heal and Scotland’s fighting force achieves a resounding victory at the Battle of Bannockburn. Only then are the fragile, traumatised women released, through the ransoming of English nobles, to return home to rebuild their shattered lives…

Review

Sisters of the Bruce recounts history through the eyes of Robert the Bruce's sisters as told through letters they sent among each other recounting their own personal experiences. It is evident the author has done a great deal of research into the era and working hard at getting the timeline of events as accurately as possible. The story is powerful and gave me a very strong feel for the desperation and perils of war as experienced by the people. It was an era of hardship and misery and this was clearly portrayed throughout the book. 

The fact that this was an expository novel, really appealed to me. And when the sisters wrote history through their own personal experiences and surroundings, I truly enjoyed the story. Sometimes, however, the novel turned dry when the character's point of view diminished into a textbook-like prose, and I struggled to keep interested. I think this novel would be better classified as "creative non-fiction" rather than "historical fiction". Nevertheless, this work is a very worthy read if only to understand the horrible treatment the women suffered as a result of the political climate and the harsh period in which they lived.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Secrets and Lords

PUBLISHER’S BLURB


High Society, Bad Behaviour - The summer of 1920 brings illicit affairs to stately home Deverell Hall. Lords, ladies, butler and maids all succumb to the spirit of the roaring 1920s as sex and scandal take over.
Lord Deverell's new wife has the house in thrall to her theatrical glamour. His womanising son, Sir Charles, has his eye on anything female that moves while his beautiful daughter, Mary, is feeling more than a little restless.
And why does his younger son, Sir Thomas, spend so much time in the company of the second footman?
Into this simmering tension comes new parlour maid, Edie, with a secret of her own – a secret that could blow the Deverell family dynamic to smithereens.


REVIEW BY ANITA

Edith arrives at Deverell Hall as the new parlour maid, and is told from her first day to avoid his lordship's eldest son, Charles, a womanizer who is not only conducting a liaison with the lady of the house, but who allegedly got another servant in the family way, and subsequently deserted her.

Edie isn’t really a maid; she's playing a part, but it’s one for which she is ill-prepared. Her speech is too cultured and she spoils an ormolu clock by cleaning it incorrectly, her sewing is bad and her silver service worse; setbacks that reduce Edie to tears. On top of that, within twenty-four hours of her arrival, while purporting she is determined not to - she attracts the attention of the blackguard, Charles.

However, when he does the hooking-his-little-finger thing and orders her to his room, does Edie even hesitate for as long as it takes to check she has clean knickers on? Nope, she’s up those stairs as fast as she can go.  In fact, she capitulates so easily, it's hard not to believe this wasn't her intention from the start.
Edie is a reluctant mistress and makes it clear to Charles she is only in his bed so as to keep Lady Deverell out of it; hardly an effective seduction technique, but Edie has him coming back for more.

Despite her ineptitude as a parlour maid, Lady Deverell, the former actress Ruby Redford, takes Edie to be her personal maid, a promotion resented by the other staff, and done ostensibly to keep Edie out of the grasp of Charles, for the lady of the house wants him for herself - and of course she’s having him, too!
So why does Edie think Lady Deverell needed saving? Presumably so she could go on being supported in the manner into which she has manipulated herself - an ex-actress who has landed a rich, older member of the peerage. That Charles will keep his side of the bargain seems unlikely and Edie has no weapons to ensure he does.

Ms Elyot is an accomplished writer, the narrative is eloquent, and the atmosphere of a post WWI aristocratic household well drawn. I guessed Edie's secret, but her methods do seem a little odd.

The plot picks up toward the end and things begin to happen, thus, for those who like explicit sex and gleaming Rolls Royces being polished by buff chauffeurs thrown in, this could be the story for you.


Anita Davison is a Historical Fiction Author whose latest release, ‘Royalist Rebel’ a biographical novel set in 17th Century England released by Claymore Press under the name Anita Seymour.
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Friday, January 3, 2014

The Assassin's Wife


Back Cover Blurb

Second Sight is dangerous…Nan's visions of two noble boys imprisoned in a tower frighten her village priest. The penalty for witchcraft is death. Despite his warnings, Nan’s determination to save these boys launches her on a nightmare journey. As fifteenth-century England teeters on the edge of civil war, her talent as a Seer draws powerful, ambitious people around her. Not all of them are honourable.

Twists of fate bring her to a ghost-ridden house in Silver Street where she is entrusted with a secret which could destroy a dynasty. 
Pursued by the unscrupulous Bishop Stillington, she finds refuge with a gypsy wise-woman, until a chance encounter takes her to Middleham Castle. Here she embarks on a passionate affair with Miles Forrest, the Duke of Gloucester’s trusted henchman. But is her lover all he seems?


Review 

The Assassin's Wife is novel based on the true mystery of the missing princes from the Tower of London. The setting is the turbulence of the War of the Roses. Nan is a young woman born with prophetic site. From a young age, she has experienced disturbing dreams pertain to the fight for England’s throne between the houses of York and Lancaster.

But to be clairvoyant in the 15th and 16th centuries is dangerous. Many are put to death for being witches. When she is befriended by gypsies, she learns to hone her gift of sight. When she marries Miles Forest, a shady character who does the Duke of Gloucester’s dirty work, she becomes a Lady-in-Waiting to Lady Anne Neville. What follows is a tension-filled plot as Nan weaves through peril in an attempt to save the young princes.

The novel is wonderful, richly-plotted, and well-written. It has an enchanting, fast-paced story line that definitely held my interest to the end. I look forward to future books by this author.