COUNTERPOINT: Theo, Earl of Suffolk: The Lydiard Chronicles 1603-1630 Kindle Edition
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Her writing style captivates and her stories intrigue me. I loved it and highly recommend Counterpoint to any lover of historical fiction and of English history.
This is a quick, fun read which tells how Theo, Earl of Suffolk, met and fell in love with Lucy St. John. It's set at a house party which readers of The Lady of the Tower will remember, but in Lady the story was told from Lucy's point of view. In this version we hear Theo's side of it, and come to understand how he fell for Lucy even as he was attracted almost against his will to her bolder, sexier sister, Barbara.
Having read Counterpoint, I understand Theo and his torn loyalties so much better. He's a realistically flawed character who has the right instincts but is bound by circumstance and his own weakness. While Counterpoint provides a rewarding new slant for fans of The Lady of the Tower and its sequel, By Love Divided, it's also an introduction to Elizabeth St. John's excellent writing and her beloved seventeenth century. She knows exactly which details will bring the past to life - a marzipan castle as a table centrepiece, old ladies at a dance "roosting like starlings on a bare winter's branch", the way Barbara slaps playing cards down on a table inlaid with mother-of-pearl.
Recommended for historical fiction fans. I'd love more of these, maybe a Barbara story next time?
"...a stunning writer, she puts in the right amount of detail to bring a story alive, but not so much that you feel you have inadvertently wandered into a history lecture"