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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.Read more ›
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.
Andria Saxelby for The Kindle Book Review
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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I loved it from the very first page. It was a woman's struggle for survival, just like we do today. I look forward to reading other books by this author.Published 1 month ago by BDG
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I liked learning about that period in history; however, I'm not sure this book should be classified as Christian even though it does tell about Puritan people.Published 3 months ago by Joanne B.
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