Tuesday, 7 May 2019

#BlogTour De Bohun's Destiny by Carolyn Hughes

Today it's my turn on the BlogTour De Bohun's Destiny by Carolyn Hughes. It's historical fiction with a focus on the character driven story.

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About the Author
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.

De Bohun’s Destiny is the third novel in the Meonbridge Chronicles series. A fourth novel is under way.

You can connect with Carolyn through her website www.carolynhughesauthor.com

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About the book
How can you uphold a lie when you know it might destroy your family?
It is 1356, seven years since the Black Death ravaged Meonbridge, turning society upside down. Margaret, Lady de Bohun, is horrified when her husband lies about their grandson Dickon’s entitlement to inherit Meonbridge. She knows that Richard lied for the very best of reasons – to safeguard his family and its future – but lying is a sin. Yet she has no option but to maintain her husband’s falsehood...

Margaret’s companion, Matilda Fletcher, decides that the truth about young Dickon’s birth really must be told, if only to Thorkell Boune, the man she’s set her heart on winning. But Matilda’s “honesty” serves only her own interests, and she’s oblivious to the potential for disaster. For Thorkell won’t scruple to pursue exactly what he wants, by whatever means are necessary, no matter who or what gets in his way…

If you enjoy well-researched, immersive historical fiction, with strong female characterisation and a real sense of authenticity, you’ll love De Bohun’s Destiny, the third Meonbridge Chronicle, set in the mid-14th century, in the turbulent and challenging years that followed the social devastation wrought by the Black Death. Discover for yourself if, in Meonbridge, it is Margaret or Matilda, right or might, truth or falsehood, that wins the day...

This is the third in the Meonbridge Chronicles series, which is set in the 1350s and centred around the inhabitants of a small farming village in Hampshire, England. Each one of the books can be read as a stand-alone novel, despite the fact the books are all connected.

In this book Sir Morys Boune and his sons, and what a delightful bunch they are, have gotten wind of an inheritance loophole, which may allow them to take the lands and property of the De Bohun's. The son and heir of De Bohun was killed, which leaves Morys, Thorkell and Gunnar free to stake a claim. There is an heir though, albeit an illegitimate one.

Young Dickon is put in the middle of this high stakes battle for the De Bohun inheritance, and whether his family likes it or not his life is now in danger. Boune and sons try their hardest to rid themselves of the young boy.

What happens is quite unusual for the time period, the people of Meonbridge bond together to fight for young Dickon. To fight against the snake on the inside and the woman who puts the truth above family and safety.

Hughes makes it easy to track the characters and navigate the often complex structure, and context of certain centuries and countries. There aren't so many characters that the reader loses the story, whilst trying to follow each individual storyline.

It's historical fiction with a focus on the character driven story. A read that flows easily, but also stays as close to historical fact as possible when the plot allows for it.

Buy De Bohun's Destiny at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Riverdown Books; pub date May 3, 2019. Buy at Amazon com.

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