How can a mother just stand by when her daughter is being cozened into sin?
It’s 1360, eleven years since the Black Death devastated all of England, and six years since Emma Ward fled Meonbridge with her children, to find a more prosperous life in Winchester. Long satisfied that she’d made the right decision, Emma is now terrified that she was wrong. For she’s convinced her daughter Bea is in grave danger, being exploited by her scheming and immoral mistress.
Bea herself is confused: fearful and ashamed of her sudden descent into sin, but also thrilled by her wealthy and attentive client.
When Emma resolves to rescue Bea from ruin and tricks her into returning to Meonbridge, Bea doesn’t at first suspect her mother’s motives. She is happy to renew her former friendships but, yearning for her rich lover, Bea soon absconds back to the city. Yet, only months later, plague is stalking Winchester again and, in terror, Bea flees once more to Meonbridge.
But, this time, she finds herself unwelcome, and fear, hostility and hatred threaten…
Terror, betrayal and deceit, but also love and courage, in a time of continuing change and challenge – Children’s Fate, the fourth MEONBRIDGE CHRONICLE.
I love historical fiction. and after reading the previous books in this series I couldn’t wait to dive into this one.
Carolyn has created, and fully brought to life in the readers mind an entire community of intriguing, complex characters, with each book in the series focusing on a different character and allowing you to learn more about them as individuals and their own stories. Children’s fate has its focus set on the younger generation and the various challenges that they face in a world that presents them with limited opportunities and superstition.
The way in which the author brings the setting to life, and you find yourself fully immersed in a different world from the one in which we live today. The struggles of life when living in Feudal England in the 1460’s is highlighted perfectly, and how very different it was for those with money and those without.
This book had me gripped right from the start, and I found myself fully captivated by the storyline, the characters, and the times in which they lived. Each characters story is intriguing, and you feel a true connection to them that has you needing to know how their story concludes. It evokes so many emotions, from sheer happiness, to sadness, fear, anger and also relief when things finally took a turn for the better.
A truly captivating story full of intriguing characters that had me hooked from beginning to end. I adored this book and can’t wait to immerse myself in future books by this author.
Author Bio –
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.
Children’s Fate is the fourth novel in the MEONBRIDGE CHRONICLES series. A fifth novel is under way.
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