Started 9/ 27 Finished 10/5
I love historical fiction and Pride & Prejudice! My last three books asked what if? What if one event in history changed? What would have happened to Darcy and Elizabeth if Napoleon had conquered England? The plot revolves around a secret Darcy must keep. It’s a matter of national security.
This story seemed far-fetched until I read the author’s note. Napoleon actually had plans and an invasion force ready to go from 1803-1805. The English lucked out – Napoleon never found the right opportunity to cross the English Channel.
Six years after Napoleon’s invasion of England… Fitzwilliam Darcy is a traitor. He even admits to collaborating with Napoleon’s troops. And Elizabeth Bennet despises all traitors.
But she can’t make sense of Darcy. He doesn’t act like a traitor. He risks his own safety to save young women from the French. And how can she despise a man who loves puppies? Something about him doesn’t add up – and she finds him far too attractive.
Then Darcy’s carefully constructed world crumbles, and he must entrust his closest-held secret to Elizabeth. To protect that secret, Elizabeth must disappear entirely, leaving her family and Darcy behind, to plunge herself into the dizzying world of fashionable London and the dangers of the Loyalist Resistance. Nothing will ever be the same again.
Darcy is determined to find Elizabeth. Now that she knows the truth about him, there’s nothing to keep them apart – nothing, that is, until the day Darcy is forced to choose between his country and the life of the woman he loves…
Started 9/18 Finished 9/27
When I saw this cover, I had to ask who in the heck was Arbella Stuart, and why should I care? I’m amazed how much I learned from a little research.
The real Arbella was a heavy favorite to succeed her cousin twice removed, Queen Elizabeth I. But the Cecils, father and son, favored James VI (Mary, Queen of Scots’ son). I wonder if they preferred working with kings, instead of queens.
In November of 1603, plotters tried to overthrow King James and make Arbella queen. She reported the plot to the King, but ended her days in the Tower. Why? She married Kathryn Grey’s son without the king’s permission. Kathryn suffered the same fate, for the same reason . . . marrying without Elizabeth’s permission.
In Book 3, Perdita and Piper are chasing down Arbella’s letters and her secret husband, which are both historically accurate. Over 100 letters survived, and some of them were published in 1993. Arbella married secretly, and Alexandra used that history to craft this story. What a great idea!
Get ready to challenge everything you thought you knew about British royal history… Derbyshire, England, 1603
Elizabeth I is dead and the Tudor reign is over. As the men in power decide to pass the throne to the Scottish King James, one woman debates changing the course of history.
Two Tudor heirs have been covered up for decades, and with a foreign king threatening the stability of England it could be time to bring the truth to the fore. But there are reasons the Tudor children were put into hiding and exposing them would put not only their lives in danger, but the lives of many others as well…
Marquess House, Pembrokeshire, 2019
Dr Perdita Rivers and her sister Piper have returned to their ancestral home. But the ancient walls still contain riddles which the twins need to solve. Perdita and Piper have already discovered earth-shattering secrets which will change the course of English history forever. But they are missing one vital piece of the puzzle.
Two Tudor rings have led them to cover-ups at the Tudor court, but now they must track down a missing silver locket to slot the final parts of the mystery together. And just when it seems they could be ready to expose the centuries-old conspiracy, old enemies resurface to put their very lives at risk…
Started 9/13 Finished 9/18
Get ready for Book 2! Perdita and Piper find themselves on a new search, for the twins of Catherine Howard. They’ve been hidden for centuries, and their enemies are determined to preserve the secret, by any means necessary.
Elizabeth I is your guide to this mystery. Follow her through the twists and turns of history to the roots of this secret. Buckle your seatbelt . . . you’re in for an incredible adventure!
Was Elizabeth I really the last Tudor princess…?
Nonsuch Palace, England, 1586
Elizabeth I has been queen for 28 years. She has survived hundreds of plots against her but now she faces the revelation of a secret she thought would remain hidden forever…
Elizabeth is not the last of the Tudor line — there are two more legitimate heirs to her crown. Her sworn enemy, Philip II, King of Spain, has discovered the secret and thinks he can control the missing princess as his puppet queen. Can Elizabeth maintain control over her throne? And what happened to the lost Tudor heirs?
Castle Jerusalem, Andorra, 2018
Dr Perdita Rivers and her twin sister Piper are safely hidden in Andorra. Despite their narrow escape from those pursuing them, Perdita is determined to continue her grandmother’s legacy by uncovering her ground-breaking research into the English royal bloodline.
But she soon realizes that nothing about the Tudor era was as it seemed. And now the national identity of Great Britain must be called into question. With their enemies still tracking them and the lives of those they love at deadly risk, Perdita and Piper must succeed in exposing the secrets of history or there is no hope of them escaping alive...
Me as a Reader – I’ve always been a reader, even back when. Now I’m writing books and blogging about them too. I almost started rereading my last book from August, Enchanted Ever After, but then I read the author’s note. Shanna Swendson said she was taking a break from the Enchanted Inc Series, and I thought I would too.
I won’t read the whole series again, just book 9. I hope Shanna returns to the series too! I started imagining what Katie and Owen’s kids might be like, part wizard/part immune. Who knows?! For now, I want to read something different.
I found another of my favorite series. I have a lot of them, and this one’s only 3 books long. It’s mostly historical fiction, with a little fantasy. One of my favorite kind of books! This one has an interesting premise . . .
Started 9/2 Finished 9/13
Imagine – Catherine Howard lived! She was secreted away and delivered twins. Her family covers up her disappearance with the beheading we all know about. That’s one-half of this story.
The other half takes place in Wales with Dr. Perdita Rivers. She’s in the UK exploring an old shipwreck. It’ll take three books to connect the two parts of this story, but don’t worry. The author takes you back and forth between centuries, but won’t let you get lost. You’ll know whose story and which century you’re in. Enjoy!
What secrets were covered up at the court of Henry VIII…?
Whitehall Palace, England, 1539
When Catherine Howard arrives at the court of King Henry VIII to be a maid of honour in the household of the new queen, Anne of Cleves, she has no idea of the fate that awaits her.
Catching the king’s fancy, she finds herself caught up in her uncle’s ambition to get a Howard heir to the throne. Terrified by the ageing king after the fate that befell her cousin, Anne Boleyn, Catherine begins to fear for her life…
2018Dr Perdita Rivers receives news of the death of her estranged grandmother, renowned Tudor historian Mary Fitzroy. Mary inexplicably cut all contact with Perdita and her twin sister, Piper, but she has left them Marquess House, her vast estate in Pembrokeshire.
Perdita sets out to unravel their grandmother’s motives for abandoning them, and is drawn into the mystery of an ancient document in the archives of Marquess House, a collection of letters and diaries claiming the records of
When I write, I can only have one voice in my head, mine. A little noise is fine. But too much, or worse yet, WORDS, and I must change rooms or pull out headphones. Then I can write on!