How can you uphold a lie when you know it might destroy your family?
It is 1356, seven years since the Black Death ravaged Meonbridge, turning society upside down. Margaret, Lady de Bohun, is horrified when her husband lies about their grandson Dickon’s entitlement to inherit Meonbridge. She knows that Richard lied for the very best of reasons – to safeguard his family and its future – but lying is a sin. Yet she has no option but to maintain her husband’s falsehood…
Margaret’s companion, Matilda Fletcher, decides that the truth about young Dickon’s birth really must be told, if only to Thorkell Boune, the man she’s set her heart on winning. But Matilda’s “honesty” serves only her own interests, and she’s oblivious to the potential for disaster.
For Thorkell won’t scruple to pursue exactly what he wants, by whatever means are necessary, no matter who or what gets in his way…
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I can’t believe I’ve not read anything by this author before as I thought this was a brilliantly researched, immersive and fascinating book that really brings the fourteenth century to life.
Firstly the author has clearly done her research as the reader is thrown into fourteenth century life with all the rules, hardship and unfairness it involved. This book had all the drama you’d expect with the class divide and the difference between daily life for the poor versus the rich vividly described. I haven’t read many books set in this time so I eagerly absorbed all the fabulous details.
There are some brilliant characters in this book. I especially liked the two female characters, Margaret and Matilda who were both strong woman in a time when it was difficult to be a strong woman. The ‘villans’ Sir Boune and his sons are also great characters to read about, especially as the reader is privy to all their devious plotting which made for a very exciting read. I found I really enjoyed reading about all of them and following their story throughout the book.
This is a surprising gripping book with lots of action to keep the reader firmly glued to the page. I soon found myself completely immersed in the story and I loved the extra little details the author used to help bring the story to life. I felt I wanted to keep reading to find out what happens but also to slow down and enjoy it as I didn’t want it to end.
This is the third book in the series but I thought it could easily be read as a standalone as anything you need to know is explained. I’m very interested to go back and read the other books in the series as I am eager to revisit the fascinating world the author has created. I hope this isn’t the last in the series!
Huge thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random resources for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of this book. If you like fascinating, unusual historical fiction you’ll love this book!
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Carolyn Hughes was born in London, but has lived most of her life in Hampshire. After a first degree in Classics and English, she started her working life as a computer programmer, in those days a very new profession. It was fun for a few years, but she left to become a school careers officer in Dorset.
But it was when she discovered technical authoring that she knew she had found her vocation. She spent the next few decades writing and editing all sorts of material, some fascinating, some dull, for a wide variety of clients, including an international hotel group, medical instrument manufacturers and the Government.
She has written creatively for most of her adult life, but it was not until her children grew up and flew the nest, several years ago, that creative writing and, especially, writing historical fiction, took centre stage in her life.
She has a Masters in Creative Writing from Portsmouth University, and a PhD from the University of Southampton.