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Friday, November 8, 2013

Book Blog Tour Stop - A Divided Inheritance by Deborah Swift

About The Book:

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.

My Thoughts:

With her latest book, "A Divided Inheritance," author Deborah Swift creates a fascinating family drama set in a time of turmoil and violence, and adds in the right amount of romance and mystery to keep her fans enthralled to the very final page.

I was astounded at the amount of research that must have been gone through during the writing of this book. Swift not only covers the Jacobean era in England, she also includes the expulsion of the Morisco Muslims from Spain, the art of fencing, and the production of lacemaking as well.  And she winds this history through the story of Elspet and her newly-found (and rather despicable at first) half-brother and their separate journeys that takes them through strife and hardship to find the true meaning of family in the end. It's a history lesson made enjoyable by means of a great tale.

Swift's mastery of storytelling truly shines in this novel. Fans of historical fiction will enjoy "A Divided Inheritance."

About the Author:

Deborah Swift

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 at http://www.deborahswift.co.uk/. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.

To see what other bloggers are saying about "A Divided Inheritance," check out the blog tour schedule here - http://hfvirtualbooktours.com/adividedinheritancetour/

My thanks to Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for including me on this blog tour, and for providing the review copy of the book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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