the times neatly sewn in. The beauty of the book is that you cannot anticipate how it will go;
you can only hang on for the ride." (-Cori Van Housen Historical Novel Review)
Anyone who enjoys stories about love, horses and war will love this novel. We are treated to a rich portion of history in this well-researched and thoroughly likable book. (-Bookloons review by Barbara Lingens)
"Emery Lee has given the reader a highly detailed and researched plot. While reading this novel, there was never a time when I knew what was going to happen next. Unexpected twists kept you guessing until the very last page." (-Svea Love) --http://muse-in-the-fog.blogspot.com/2010/03/book-review-highest-stakes-by-emery-lee.html
"I had really high expectations (of the book)and I was not disappointed. I would suggest this book to anyone with even the slightest interest in horse racing and a love of romances with star-crossed lovers." (Books Like Breathing - Grace) --http://bibliophile23.wordpress.com/2010/03/29/the-highest-stakes-emery-lee/
"Lee brings the atmosphere of the Georgian era to life with lush descriptions that beg the reader to see, hear, feel and touch it all....with a lively cast of characters and surprising twists and turns that are reminiscent of Fielding's Tom Jones or Defoe's Moll Flanders."
-RT BOOK REVIEWS
"A rich and rewarding read." - The Historical Novel Review Blog
"I would suggest this book to anyone with even the slightest interest in horse racing and a love of romances with star-crossed lovers. " - Books Like Breathing
"Emery Lee has given the reader a highly detailed and researched plot... Unexpected twists kept you guessing until the very last page." - Confessions of a Muse in the Fog
"Love does conquer all in this story, but while we anxiously read to find out how, we are treated to a rich portion of history in this well-researched and thoroughly likable book." - BookLoons.com
"A very enjoyable work of historical fiction, providing a compelling story against the backdrop of thoroughbred horse racing. Definitely recommended. " - Medieval Bookworm
" I was fascinated whenever Lee told of English racing and English foundation bloodlines." - Kittling
"I truly rejoice when the author grabs the essence of the time and setting and paints it onto the pages of their books. Lee is definitely an author to watch!" - History Undressed
"Enriching and heartwarming... If you love horses, historical romance, and a dash of witty characters, then this book is for you." - I Heart Book Gossip
"Romance and history at it's best. " - Celtic Lady's Reviews
"Emery Lee's debut novel has succeeded in producing the kind of story that will make readers take notice and look forward to seeing what she writes next" - Deb's Book Bag
From the Author
Since THE HIGHEST STAKES' release, I have done a number of guest blogs to answer questions about my creative process, why I chose Georgian England and Colonial Virginia as my settings, and how I researched the novel. I also wrote about the history of horseracing and my own passion for equines. I would now like share some of these thoughts and add some background information on the novel itself.
It is always said that one should write what one knows, but I will add that one should also write one's passions. In my case, this would mean converging horses, history and romance, elements that at first glance appear very much at odds, but the combination, to me, was irresistible. I wanted to create a hero, (Robert Devington) who would overcome many obstacles to find love and happiness, with his ultimate fate hanging on a horse race.
My research in this endeavor was both extensive and diverse, going back to the early 18th century and the creation of the Thoroughbred itself. The horses (all progeny of the Byerley Turk, and the Darley and Godolphin Arabians) are seamlessly woven into the plot in which the success of Sir Garfield's racing stud is elemental to his schemes of social advancement, and a racing wager becomes the only pathway Devington sees to win his true love, Charlotte.
A story of star-crossed lovers and horseracing, THE HIGHEST STAKES transports the reader to the hard-drinking, vice-ridden, horseracing world of Georgian England. Fascinating and titillating, this was an era of corruption, arranged marriages, and high stakes gambling; when racing and breeding became the obsession of the uppermost elite, and a match race might replace a duel in settling a point of honor. It was also an age in which a powerful and privileged aristocracy used an outer façade of honor and politesse to cover its multifarious sins.
Through the fictional love story of Robert Devington and Charlottte Wallace, a tale of drama, danger, thwarted love, and retribution unfurles...
Enjoy the ride!