From Publishers Weekly
The War of the Roses rages around the Lanyons in Exmoor, England, prosperous tenant farmers of the landed Sweetwater family. Peter Lanyon and his wife, Liza, bridle at his father Richard's attempts to run their lives as Richard, who hides a dark secret, tries to raise the family's station. Through war, intrigue and natural disaster, Peter and Liza love each other in their fashion, though each has a great lost love, and their mistakes come back to haunt them. As the Lanyons find favor with the Duke of Gloucester (who will be Richard III), it may be a case of being careful what you wish for. There's not enough historical detail to place the Lanyons in their time and place, and the book's pace is slow, but Anand, who writes the Ursula Blanchard mysteries as Fiona Buckley, has a light touch that carries this family saga. (Nov.)
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About the Author
Born in London, Valerie Anand knew at the age of six that she wanted to be an author. At the age of fifteen she saw MGM's film Ivanhoe
-- she walked into the cinema knowing that she wanted to be a novelist and walked out of it knowing that historical novels were the kind she most wanted to write.
Over the course of her long and distinguished writing career Valerie has written many works of historical fiction and is well-known for the Ursula Blanchard series of Elizabethan mysteries written under the pen name Fiona Buckley.
Still living in London, Valerie Anand is a frequent visitor to Exmoor, the setting featured in The House of Lanyon.