Reviews - Historical

Widow Katya Marlowe, Countess of Stanhope, is a political influencer at a time when women in England and around the world were not recognized as autonomous individuals in the eyes of the law.

The year is 1307 and King Philippe has expelled the Knights of the Holy Temple from France.  Ewan MacKellar and two of his fellow Knights of the Holy Temple flee to Scotland and the protection granted to Templars by Ewan’s grandfather.  Having not been home for 12 years, Ewan is uncertain what to expect when he arrives, however, it was most definitely not news that his brother Ruaidri, now Lair

The Sugar Merchant
James
Hutson-Wiley

Thomas Woodward, merchant of Al-Qahirah, is the main character in this first-person saga set during the years just prior to the Great Crusades.  Orphaned as a young boy when Flemish mercenaries sack his village, Thomas finds himself rescued from a beggar’s life by the monks of Eynsham Abbey.  In exchange for his salvation, Thomas must pledge fealty to the Abbott and his brother monks.

Isobel Campbell has a secret mission: to find a safe place to keep the holiest relic in all of Scotland. She is escorted on this mission by a mysterious crusader, Alexander MacKinnon, who has just returned home to Scotland. 

Independent, unconventional, and eccentric, 30-year-old Elaine Bond is an open book. Since the death of her beloved father, she has come to rely on her friendship with 50-year-old bookseller Basil Wall. His unrequited love for Elaine is only one of many secrets he is keeping, both from her and the community of Brynthwaite, Cumbria. 

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