'Anne O’Brien has joined the exclusive club of excellent historical novelists.’ - Sunday Express
‘Surely the chief cause of our ruin was Viscount Marlbrooke himself? And now you wish me to marry into the family?’
The scandalous, sexual games at the Restoration Court of King Charles, have turned Marcus, Viscount Marlbrooke, into a cynic. It is not love that lies within matrimony but the victory of a bitter inheritance feud, securing his rightful claim to Winteringham Priory. Katherine Harley is an innocent pawn, raised a puritan she may be naive to the ways of the court, but not to the price placed on her hand in marriage.
In the many machinations to secure Winteringham one thing has been overlooked… For plainness can hide a spirited soul and behind Katherine’s solemn exterior lies a woman of unexpected passion - prepared to fight for her freedom.
Praise for Anne O’Brien:
‘One of the best writers around…she outdoes even Philippa Gregory’ The Sun
‘Her writing is highly evocative of the time period… O’Brien has produced an epic tale’ Historical Novel Society
‘Anne O’Brien’s novels give a voice to the “silent” women of history’ Yorkshire Post
‘Once again O’Brien proves herself a medieval history magician, conjuring up a sizzling, sweeping story’ Lancashire Evening Post
‘An exciting and intriguing story of love and historical politics. If you enjoy Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir you will love Anne O'Brien’ We Love This Book
‘A brilliantly researched and well-told story; you won’t be able to put this book down’ Candis
‘A fast paced historical drama that is full of suspense.’ Essentials
About the author
Anne O’Brien was born in the West Riding of Yorkshire. After gaining a BA Honours degree in History at Manchester University and a Master’s in Education at Hull, she lived in the East Riding for many years as a teacher of history.
She now lives with her husband in an eighteenth-century timber-framed cottage in depths of the Welsh Marches in Herefordshire on the borders between England and Wales.
Four romance novellas put a paranormal gloss on elements from Austen's work. Bestseller Balogh (A Precious Jewel) turns in the plodding "Almost Persuaded," wherein Jane Everett and Capt. Robert Mitford realize they're reincarnated soul mates. Gleason makes reference to her Gardella Vampire series with "Northanger Castle," in which pert Caroline Merrill, lover of vampire novels, suspects handsome Mr. Blanchard of being a bloodsucker. Krinard (Bride of the Wolf) sets "Blood and Prejudice" in New York where bookstore staffer Elizabeth Bennet encounters pharmaceutical CEO Charles Bingley and an unusual variety of vampires. Mullany gives us a witchy Emma Woodhouse running a dating service for Washington D.C.'s supernaturals in "Little to Hex Her." Though none show Austen's gift with character, humor, or irony, all but Balogh's are lively, and Mullany's sparkles with genuine wit.