Forsaking All Other
by Catherine Meyrick
Publication Date: April 1, 2018
eBook & Print; 291 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Love is no game for women; the price is far too high.
Bess Stoughton, waiting woman to the well-connected Lady Allingbourne, has discovered that her father is arranging for her to marry an elderly neighbour. Normally obedient Bess rebels and wrests from her father a yearís grace to find a husband more to her liking.
Edmund Wyard, a taciturn and scarred veteran of Englandís campaign in Ireland, is attempting to ignore the pressure from his family to find a suitable wife as he prepares to join the Earl of Leicesterís army in the Netherlands.
Although Bess and Edmund are drawn to each other, they are aware that they can have nothing more than friendship. Bess knows that Edmundís wealth and family connections place him beyond her reach. And Edmund, with his well-honed sense of duty, has never considered that he could follow his own wishes. Until now.
With England on the brink of war and fear of Catholic plots extending even into Lady Allingbourneís household, time is running out for both of them.
You can read the first chapter here.
The beautiful cover for the novel was designed by Jennifer Quinlan of Historical Fiction Book Covers.
Bess Stoughton shivered as the icy wind snatched, yet again, at the hood of her mantle.
The biggest reason I love historical fiction is because I want to be transported to another time and place. Forsaking All Others did just that. I was transported to Elizabethan England, during a time when England was on the brink of war and there was drama between the Catholic and Protestants. England during this time wasn’t the place to be a woman, however. We watch the struggles of Bess Stoughton, a lady in waiting who is also a widow. She comes home after her step-mother has a very hard birth, only to be told that she is going to marry a man of her father’s choosing: an old neighbor (who made me cringe- poor Bess). As a woman of this time period, Bess really doesn’t have much of a say. Women belonged to their father’s or their husbands. Bess doesn’t lie down and take it. She wants to find a husband of her liking. Enter Edmund Wyard. Edmund and Bess start off disliking the other, but they are soon drawn to each other. What follows is drama, romance, secret marriages, and possibly loss as time runs out for Bess.
I was fascinated by this book. Typically, some novels written that take place in this era can be hard to follow for me. But I enjoyed the drama, the history, and the romance was definitely satisfying. If you love a good romance and Elizabethan England, you will not be disappointed in this beautifully written novel. Thanks for letting me read and review it!
About the Author
Catherine Meyrick is a writer of historical fiction with a particular love of Elizabethan England. Her stories weave fictional characters into the gaps within the historical record ñ tales of ordinary people who are very much men and women of their time, yet in so many ways not unlike ourselves.
Although she grew up in regional Victoria, Australia, she has lived all her adult life in Melbourne. She has worked as a nurse, a tax assessor and finally a librarian. She has a Master of Arts in history and is also a family history obsessive.
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