How can you uphold a lie when you know it might destroy your family?
It is 1356, seven years since the Black Death ravaged Meonbridge, turning society upside down. Margaret, Lady de Bohun, is horrified when her husband lies about their grandson Dickon’s entitlement to inherit Meonbridge. She knows that Richard lied for the very best of reasons – to safeguard his family and its future – but lying is a sin. Yet she has no option but to maintain her husband’s falsehood…
Margaret’s companion, Matilda Fletcher, decides that the truth about young Dickon’s birth really must be told, if only to Thorkell Boune, the man she’s set her heart on winning. But Matilda’s “honesty” serves only her own interests, and she’s oblivious to the potential for disaster.
For Thorkell won’t scruple to pursue exactly what he wants, by whatever means are necessary, no matter who or what gets in his way…
If you enjoy well-researched, immersive historical fiction, with strong female characterisation and a real sense of authenticity, you’ll love De Bohun’s Destiny, the third Meonbridge Chronicle, set in the mid-14th century, in the turbulent and challenging years that followed the social devastation wrought by the Black Death. Discover for yourself if, in Meonbridge, it is Margaret or Matilda, right or might, truth or falsehood, that wins the day…
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CAROLYN HUGHES was born in London, but has lived most of her life in Hampshire. After completing a degree in Classics and English, she started her working life as a computer programmer, in those days a very new profession. But it was when she discovered technical authoring that she knew she had found her vocation. She spent the next few decades writing and editing all sorts of material, some fascinating, some dull, for a wide variety of clients, including an international hotel group, medical instrument manufacturers and the government.
She has written creatively for most of her adult life, but it was not until her children grew up and flew the nest several years ago that writing historical fiction took centre stage in her life. She has a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from Portsmouth University and a PhD from the University of Southampton.
De Bohun’s Destiny is the third novel in the MEONBRIDGE CHRONICLES series. A fourth novel is under way.
You can connect with Carolyn through her website http://www.carolynhughesauthor.com and social media:
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This is the first book I’ve read by Carolyn Hughes, and boy, did I stumble upon a gem!
I absolutely loved this. The richness of the language, the strong historical vibe that oozed pertinent facts and intricate details without these intruding ever upon the story being told – the perfect blend of history and fiction.
What a cast of characters, too!
Lady Margaret is forced to hold together the estate and all its trappings after her husband is killed. But it is his lie – albeit made for the best of intentions to keep cousin Morys Boune and his sons away from Meonbridge – that is eventually the undoing of their peaceful existence.
Assisted by her daughter Johanna, better known now as Sister Rosa, Lady Margaret is prepared to do whatever it takes to keep Meonbridge out of the grasping hands of her husband’s cousin. Her grandson – Dickon – must be the heir to the estate and the family’s wider interests – come what may.
And let me tell you, a great deal came their way as cousin Boune sought to take the lands for himself and his sons. By foul means, naturally – the man didn’t have a “fair” bone in his body.
This was a story of treachery and villainy coming up against community and courage.
I truly felt for Sir Giles, whose slip of the tongue alerted the evil Boune to the situation regarding the “illegitimate” heir of Meonbridge. To say, Giles was conflicted would be an understatement, but his honour and loyalty to the De Bohuns was unfaltering when the time came to fight for Meonbridge.
The story was one of high drama and family, community and a desire for peace and justice. On top of that, the author drew such vivid imagery with her stunning descriptions that I was totally caught up in this world. Events moved at great pace making this a real page turner for me. So much so, I need to read the previous books by this author, hopefully before the next book is ready 😉
All in all, an amazing read; definitely one of my favourites of the year so far.
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