Wednesday, November 27, 2013

HFVBT: Deborah Swift's A Divided Inheritance--Review #DividedInheritanceTour


My thoughts
Once again, I am extremely impressed with Deborah Swift's talent of weaving a historical tale. The Gilded Lily was the first of her works that I read and with A Divided Inheritance, she continues to demonstrate her ability to write engaging and well-researched historical fiction.

In this intricate novel, we learn of the lace making business, fencing/sword play and the religious controversies of Jacobean England and Spain of the period. All this may sound like it would read like non-fiction, but Swift intersperses the lives of her characters and so we get a great story along with a learning experience.

Although the characters, especially Zachary, are not immediately likeable or endearing, as the story progresses, an understanding of their motivation and inner workings comes to light. By the end of the story, these characters will stay with you.

Deborah Swift is an exciting voice in historical fiction. I look forward to her future releases and to going back to read her earlier work. Highly recommended.

About the book
UK Publication Date: October 23, 2013
Pan MacMillan
Paperback; 480p
ISBN-10: 033054344X

A family divided by fortune. A country divided by faith.

London 1609...

Elspet Leviston’s greatest ambition is to continue the success of her father Nathaniel’s lace business. But her dreams are thrown into turmoil with the arrival of her mysterious cousin Zachary Deane – who has his own designs on Leviston’s Lace.

Zachary is a dedicated swordsman with a secret past that seems to invite trouble. So Nathaniel sends him on a Grand Tour, away from the distractions of Jacobean London. Elspet believes herself to be free of her hot-headed relative but when Nathaniel dies her fortunes change dramatically. She is forced to leave her beloved home and go in search of Zachary - determined to claim back from him the inheritance that is rightfully hers.

Under the searing Spanish sun, Elspet and Zachary become locked in a battle of wills. But these are dangerous times and they are soon embroiled in the roar and sweep of something far more threatening, sending them both on an unexpected journey of discovery which finally unlocks the true meaning of family . . .

A Divided Inheritance is a breathtaking adventure set in London just after the Gunpowder Plot and in the bustling courtyards of Golden Age Seville.


About the author

Deborah Swift used to work in the theatre and at the BBC as a set and costume designer, before studying for an MA in Creative Writing in 2007. She lives in a beautiful area of Lancashire near the Lake District National Park.  She is the author of The Lady’s Slipper and is a member of the Historical Writers Association, the Historical Novel Society, and the Romantic Novelists Association.

For more information, please visit Deborah's website. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.


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A copy of this book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for providing it.

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  1. I've not read either of her books, but will be putting both of these on my TBR list. Great review, great blog!

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