About the Book:
A love story wrapped up in a quest, set in a beguiling period of English history.
When Lizzie Hardcastle rebels against her parent's plans for an arranged marriage she sets off on a course that will change her life forever. Encouraged by a young rebel army officer, she runs away from her Yorkshire homeland to try to make a new life for herself in London as a Lacemaker.
But can Lizzie outwit her father and Royalist fiancé's attempts to bring her home, whilst avoiding the dangerous skirmishes of a war torn country. The young rebel officer, Alex Hardy, helps her on her way and the lives of the two become more deeply entangled than either one of them could ever imagine.
As Lizzie's adventure develops she makes some good friends and realises that her quest to become the greatest lacemaker in England could have much greater significance beyond securing her own future. She embarks upon a campaign not only to secure her own freedom but to promote and support the freedom of other women and along the way she wins the heart of her rebel officer.
This is a love story wrapped up in a quest, set in a beguiling period of English history.
About the Author:
Writer of Historical Romance Fiction, and author of 'The widow's Tale,' my debut novel which is available on Amazon and currently attracting some good reviews.
I live in England and I am currently working on my second title in the 'Swords, Saints & Sinners,' series.
The story begins in Yorkshire in 1644, in the aftermath of the battle of Marston Moor. Whilst no particular knowledge of the English Civil War is necessary to enjoy this story, a few notes by way of context might be useful.
The story is set in the first phase of the civil war in England over the period 1644 – 1645 when King Charles I clashed with Parliament. In the course of the conflict neighbours and even families found themselves torn apart and divided. Loyalties were tested and people were pushed to extremes to avoid falling foul of either side. Armies fought battles on farmland, and families found themselves playing host to the officers and soldiers billeted amongst them.There were several incredibly large and bloody battles that were pivotal to the progress of the war and I have tried to do them justice in so far as they play a role in developing the characters themselves and the relationships between the characters in the story and in moving the plot along. This is not however intended as a novel about battles and war.
Perhaps also worthy of mention within the context of the story, is the tendency at this time (and for many years both before and after) for women to be traded in marriage to gain or protect property and titles. In this era, it is possible that as much territory was conquered by Cromwell through sequestration and marital alliances, as through hard fought battles, and it was not uncommon for girls to be married off to avoid taxes and fines from the authorities and to protect the lands and prosperity of the broader family.
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