Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Jennifer C Wilson’s ‘The Raided Heart’. Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation, and to the author and publisher for my e-copy of the book, in return for my thoughts.
What’s it about?
Meg Mathers, the headstrong youngest sibling of a reiving family on the English-Scottish border, is determined to remain at her childhood home, caring for the land and village she’s grown up with.
When an accident brings her a broken ankle and six weeks in the resentful company of ambitious and angry young reiver Will Hetherington, attraction starts to build.
Both begin to realise they might have met their match, and the love of their lives, but 15th century border living is not that simple, as Meg soon finds herself betrothed to the weakling son of a tyrannical neighbour, Alexander Gray.
When tragedy strikes, can Meg and Will find their way back to each other, and can Will finally take his own personal revenge on Gray?
One of the aspects of this historical romance that I really appreciated was the scene setting; it captured the life of a 15th century reiving community and had memorable and well-drawn characters. I felt completely at ease in the world Jennifer C Wilson had created in this novel, despite the tumultuous times in which it is set.
Meg is a likeable character, although to begin with, I think I had imagined her as older, given her position in the bastle (lots of historical detail to learn!). Will is troubled, and there is an uneasy relationship between them in the beginning. The level of romance, as it develops, suited me; it doesn’t overbear the historical elements.
The unpredictability of borderland boundary safety and protection during the hard winter months leads to Meg’s brothers playing a dangerous game between rival factions, and I enjoyed the tension this gamble brought to the story.
Alexander Grey is the monster of the piece, and he pulls off a few horrible stunts. I did find some of his actions predictable, but this didn’t spoil anything, as he is a character without any moral compass whatsoever, and I always find a bit of joy in these villains.
Readers who enjoy historical romance, will I’m sure, enjoy ‘The Raided Heart’. A solid recommendation from me!
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About the author:
Jennifer C. Wilson is a marine biologist by training, who developed an equal passion for history and historical fiction whilst stalking Mary, Queen of Scots on childhood holidays (she has since moved on to Richard III).
Enrolling on an adult education workshop on her return to the north-east of England for work reignited her pastime of creative writing, and she has been filling notebooks ever since.
In 2014, Jennifer won the Story Tyne short story competition, and has been working on a number of projects since, including co-hosting the North Tyneside Writers’ Circle.
Her Kindred Spirits novels are published by Crooked Cat Books and her time-slip novella, The Last Plantagenet?, by Ocelot Press.
She lives in North Tyneside, and is very proud of her approximately 2-inch sea view.
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