Written in their Stars (The Lydiard Chronicles #3) by Elizabeth St.John

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London, 1649. Horrified eyewitnesses to King Charles’s bloody execution, Royalists Nan Wilmot and Frances Apsley plot to return the king’s exiled son to England’s throne, while their radical cousin Luce, the wife of king-killer John Hutchinson, rejoices in the new republic’s triumph. Nan exploits her high-ranking position as Countess of Rochester to manipulate England’s great divide, flouting Cromwell and establishing a Royalist spy network; while Frances and her husband Allen join the destitute prince in Paris’s Louvre Palace to support his restoration. As the women work from the shadows to topple Cromwell’s regime, their husbands fight openly for the throne on England’s bloody battlefields.
But will the return of the king be a victory, or destroy them all? Separated by loyalty and bound by love, Luce, Nan and Frances hold the fate of England—and their family—in their hands.
A true story based on surviving memoirs of Elizabeth St.John’s family, Written in their Stars is the third novel in the Lydiard Chronicles series.

REVIEW

Another triumph, another fascinating read. The author has retained that emotional tug at her reader’s hearts throughout the series, while at the same time providing a powerful tale of shattered dreams, hopes, and survival in a country torn by civil war, and rife with divisive politics that tear families apart. The trials and tribulations of the family, overwhelming at times, are rendered beautifully through the strength of the characters; characters who pull the reader into the turmoil, the chaos, the victories in an ever changing reality.  Let the pages turn, my fellow readers – Luce, Nan and Frances are calling you.   5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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About the Author

Elizabeth St.John spends her time between California, England, and the past. An award-winning author, historian and genealogist, she has tracked down family papers and residences from Nottingham Castle, Lydiard Park, to the Tower of London. Although the family sold a few castles and country homes along the way (it’s hard to keep a good castle going these days), Elizabeth’s family still occupy them – in the form of portraits, memoirs, and gardens that carry their imprint. And the occasional ghost. But that’s a different story…

For more information, please visit Elizabeth St. John’s website. You can also find her on FacebookTwitter, and Goodreads.

 

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Command the Raven – Uncivil War 2 by M.J. Logue

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Entry number two in this fascinating series continues the struggle known as The English Civil War.  At least that’s the major backdrop to the tale.  What the author has crafted is a tale of relationships, not just the evolving respect between Hollie and Luce, but also Hollie’s relationships with Het, Elijah(Hollie’s father) and Oliver Cromwell.  Holly will always be a cantankerous cuss but there are other sides to him that show signs of shedding the hardened shell he wears.  The story rolls seamlessly through the historical events and you get the sense of being there in the cold, the mud and the heat, all mostly experienced in the idle boredom inherent in a sporadically fought war.  Though it may have been boring for the characters, it was during those times that the verbal by play and introspection shine through the narrative.

To use the parlance of the times, it is a cracking read.  5 stars

Red Horse: An Uncivil War #1 by M.J. Logue

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To say that this was a serendipitous find is an understatement.  The author somehow accidentally found my humble, yet edifying review blog and liked what she saw, contacted me and the rest is history.  To say that I enjoyed the heck out of this book is also an understatement.  The characters are wonderfully crafted (including a couple of the horses)…the story is gripping…the settings are such that you feel like you are there but the best part is watching the relationship between Captain Hollie Babbitt, a cantankerous s.o.b. and his new aide Luce Pettitt, the nephew of the Earl of Essex.  Luce, naive and in over his head, finds himself thrown immediately into situations he is not seemingly cut out for and that is the meat of the story…can he survive not only battle against the King’s forces but also against this seemingly unchangeable cavalry commander.  All in all, a well researched and well written account of the early stages of the Civil War and there is more to come and that is a good thing.  5 stars.

About the author:

 M J Logue has been passionate about the English Civil War since writing her first novel over 20 years ago. After a brief flirtation with horror and dark fantasy, she returned to her first love, historical fiction, and now combines the two. She has a degree in English literature, trained as an archivist, and likes Jacobean theatre, loud music, and cheese.  

When not attempting to redeem the reputation of the Army of Parliament, she lives in Cornwall with her husband and son, three cats, and a toad under the back doorstep.
There is little more to divulge, other than – “I had rather have a plain, russet-coated Captain, that knows what he fights for, and loves what he knows, than that which you call a Gentle-man and is nothing else. ”

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Will be adding this series to the TBR list.

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Continuing a trend of increasing quality, Assassin’s Reign is indeed better even than the excellent Hunter’s Rage, which was itself a triumph.

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