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The Monmouth Summer [Kindle Edition]

Tim Vicary
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Book Description

1685. King Charles II dies unexpectedly, and is succeeded by his brother James II, England's first Catholic monarch since Bloody Mary. English Protestants feel threatened, and King Charles’s illegitimate son, the handsome young duke of Monmouth, rises against his uncle in armed rebellion.

The rebellion turns young Ann Carter’s world upside down. Eighteen years old, she is betrothed to Tom Goodchild, a Protestant shoemaker; but secretly loves Robert Pole, an officer in King James’s army, who offers to take her to London as his mistress. Ann knows it is her duty to marry Tom, but does not love him; so when he marches away with the rebels, she imagines him being killed – which would set her free. But she knows such thoughts are wicked; her father is a rebel soldier too, like all the men of her village. So who should she pray for, when musket balls start to fly? What matters most – love or loyalty?

If God could see into my heart, she wonders, what would He tell me to do?

Her father, Adam, is a brave man tormented by fear. He has two fears: first, that he may be a coward, and run from the enemy; and second, that he is not one of God’s Elect, and will go to Hell when he dies. But like all the men of Colyton, ‘England’s most rebellious town’, he marches to war, risking his life for what he believes.

When England’s most notorious judge, Judge Jeffreys, is sent to punish the rebels, Ann and her father are faced with the hardest choices of all.

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About the Author

Tim Vicary is an award-winning author and teacher at the university of York, England. He has published four historical novels and three legal thriller, one of which, A Fatal Verdict, won a B.R.A.G Medallion 2012. He has also written school textbooks and more than twenty short books for foreign learners of English, two of which were winners in their categories in the Language Learner Literature Award for the Extensive Reading Foundation in 2010 and 2011. Tim Vicary lives in the English countryside near York with his wife and two dogs and horses.

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  • File Size: 705 KB
  • Print Length: 391 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1481264966
  • Publisher: White Owl Publications Ltd (November 15, 2011)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0068G990C
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Monmouth Summer - fantastic read October 9, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
When I was asked to review this book, I jumped at the chance. As readers of this blog will know I have a bit of a thing for all things Seventeenth Century (despite having not really done much on it recently...), and a book set in the midst of the 1685 West Country Rebellion seemed like my perfect historical novel. Now I've said in before, and I'll say it again - I'm not a big fan of historical fiction; but this turned out to be one book that was the exception to the rule. In a nutshell, I thought that this book was a masterpiece. My love of the Seventeenth Century includes pretty much everything from James I onwards, but I have a particular love of the English Civil Wars, Restoration and more recently, Monmouth's rebellion in 1685. Over the past year or so I have been devouring non fiction books on James Duke of Monmouth and his rebellion; and it also helps having grown up near many of the towns featured in both the historical rebellion, and this novel. And from the get-go, I devoured this book.

Vicary's writing style is second to none in this book. From the very first page, as we are introduced to the people of Colyton, and in particular the Carter family, the world in which the characters live in seems to burst from the page and come alive. Vicary weaves his prose together masterfully, and as I read I could quite clearly imagine the scenes being described. And as the story began to pick up pace, and the rebel armies of the Duke of Monmouth began to clash with the Royalist troops, it was as if I could hear the musket shots in my ears. It's not often that a book does this to me, and when it happens it is a real breath of fresh air.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't finish it July 26, 2013
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I like the idea and the setting but found it was too slow for me. I put it down after reading about a third of the book, maybe I will finish it. It's not a terrible book, too many battle scenes and not enough interpersonal dialogue with the two main characters.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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This is a very interesting fictional account which takes place during 1685; a period leading up to The Monmouth Rebellion, also known as The Revolt of The West.

King Charles II dies leaving no heir to the throne so his catholic brother James II succeeds him. He is not a popular choice with the English Protestants and there is much unrest as rebels against the King gather support for an uprising under the leadership of King Charles' illegitimate son; The Duke of Monmouth who returns to English shores from Holland armed with a battle plan.

The story follows the villagers of Colyton who join forces and go off to join the Duke's rebel army. Ann Carter is the village heroine who is betrothed to her childhood friend Tom Goodchild (village shoemaker) whilst secretly in love with Robert Pole (senior officer in the King's army who is keen to persuade her to be his kept mistress). Ann struggles with her heart and her faith; her loyalty to her family and her desire to break free and experience life outside the confines of the village.

As the battle gets underway, she becomes caught up in the danger whilst on a mission to fulfill a request from her father. Each person struggles with conflicts both on and off the battlefield as they come to grips with their own secrets, fears and question their faith. As the fighting increases and the story unfolds, the villagers find themselves in a tangled web where life or death decisions must be made.

This book, although a little slow to begin with, launches right into the action and really had me visualizing the battle sequences as I was reading. It also has something for everyone (romance, action, history, drama) and pushes at the boundaries of loyalty and betrayal.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating January 7, 2013
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When Charles II died and was succeeded by his Catholic brother, James, England was torn between loyalty to the Crown and fear of papists. The Protestants, who had flourished under Cromwell and Charles, now had to worship in secret. When the inevitable rebellion came, in support of Charles' illegitimate son, James Duke of Monmouth, a great deal of the support came from these dissenting groups. This is the story of the people of the village of Colyton, `England's most rebellious town', and their struggle to defend their faith.
Caught in the middle of a war that is none of her making, Ann Carter knows she should support the Monmouth cause and the men of her village, including her betrothed, but she secretly hopes that the war will release her from her boring fiancé, leaving her free to follow her illicit love, the dashing Robert Pole, son of the local lord and an officer in the King's army.

Tim Vicary has captured the era with deadly accuracy. In those days life was brutal and held cheap. Women were chattels and any life other than that of dutiful wife was considered improper. Amid the violence and horror of the rebellion, Ann struggles with her conscience and her secret desires.

This is a beautifully-written and well-researched work full of fascinating detail about life in 17th century England. In fact, if you want to learn history without trying, this is the way to do it.
But you should read it for other reasons too. Mr Vicary knows how to write a good tale. His characters are utterly believable and the plot is exciting, drawing the reader in to an alternative world. This is what I believe fiction should do, and if it teaches you something about a very interesting period of history, then that is a bonus.

I recommend this book without reservation.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
Well paced and well written.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Interesting look at that time in history
Published 4 days ago by Gwenn Raphael
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I enjoyed reading about something in history I knew nothing about.
Published 4 days ago by Ruth Haste
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Deleted it from my Kindle before I finished the first chapter. Silly romance stuff.
Published 5 days ago by B. Sisk
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but slow read.
Tim has a good handle on the history, battle scenes are a little dry though.
Published 5 days ago by Latham
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Reading
I very much enjoyed this read. Reading is my passion, but having a busy lifestyle, it is difficult to find time to read a book to the end. I found the time for this one! Enjoy
Published 8 days ago by patijoy
5.0 out of 5 stars Not only is the read compelling as great fiction, it provides the...
A superb historical novel. Not only is the read compelling as great fiction, it provides the reader with a strong sense of the social and cultural milieu of late Seventeenth... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Howard Wolf
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Published 9 days ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
Very easy read and keeps my kindle full so that I can read something all the time.
Published 10 days ago by Dottie G.
5.0 out of 5 stars I like this author because she writes in a way to ...
I like this author because she writes in a way to keep your attention and makes you want to live in that time period. Recommend anyone who enjoys this style of novel to read it.
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More About the Author

Hi. My name's Tim Vicary and I'm an author and a university teacher at the Norwegian Study Centre at the University of York, England. I've written three crime/legal thrillers in 'The Trials of Sarah Newby' series, and I'm currently writing a fourth. I've also written four historical novels, two children's books, and about twenty graded readers for foreign learners of English in the Oxford Bookworms series, published by Oxford University Press, two of which, Titanic and The Everest Story, won awards from the Extensive Reading Foundation in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

My legal thriller, A Fatal Verdict, was awarded a B.R.A.G Medallion for an outstanding independently published book in 2012, and in 2013 Bold Counsel won the Awesome Indies Seal of Approval.

I live in the English countryside, near York. When I'm not writing I like horse-riding, cycling, and swimming.


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