Hello Sunshines, I hope you are all safe and well, I was supposed to have posted this on Friday but for some reason, I had scheduled it in the diary to post today, Doh!! My fault entirely!! Apologies to Catherine and Amy at HFVBT for the mix up. Anyway, I am super excited to be apart of this amazing blog tour and to be sharing my review of the awesome; The Bridled Tongue by Catherine Meyrick, so sit back and enjoy, and hopefully better late than never?!
The Bridled Tongue by Catherine Meyrick
Publication Date: February 1, 2020
Publisher: Courante Publishing
Format: Paperback & eBook; 342 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance
Death and life are in the power of the tongue.
Alyce Bradley has few choices when her father decides it is time she marry as many refuse to see her as other than the girl she once was–unruly, outspoken and close to her grandmother, a woman suspected of witchcraft.
Thomas Granville, an ambitious privateer, inspires fierce loyalty in those close to him and hatred in those he has crossed. Beyond a large dowry, he is seeking a virtuous and dutiful wife. Neither he nor Alyce expect more from marriage than mutual courtesy and respect.
As the King of Spain launches his great armada and England braces for invasion, Alyce must confront closer dangers from both her own and Thomas’s past, threats that could not only destroy her hopes of love and happiness but her life. And Thomas is powerless to help.
‘People never forget. When the fancy takes them, they bring the old stories out and embroider them further.’
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Well, this was wonderful, what a brilliantly, enthralling and richly textured story! I haven’t read any of Catherine Meyrick’s work before – how she has passed me by, I don’t know but I defiantly will be reading more of her work.
Set between 1586 and 1589, this tells the story of our heroine; Alyce Bradley who at the age of 28 she is told by her father that she is basically a bit long in the tooth and her suiters will be slim on the ground, but being an heiress she has isn’t worried of her future as she knows she has the last say in whom she ends marrying. This is a good job really as being an outspoken and very opinionated young woman who also has links to suspected witchcraft in her family in the form of her much-loved grandmother. So when she meets handsome privateer; Thomas Granville; a man who is seeking a large dowry, it is a match of convenience that does blossom into romance.
I love the relationship between Alyce and Thomas, at first, there was a bit of a match of convenience but they are so perfect for each other, both industrious, intelligent and opinionated. I love the beautiful romance and there is wonderful chemistry between them, there is mutual love and respect for each other.
Their happily ever after isn’t going to be straightforward as first Alyce and the readers must endure the horrors and uncertainty of the dreaded Witch Trail, the actual scenes with Alyce in the prison and what she has to go through are very difficult to digest, their moments where you will just stare at the page over what you have just read. But, these horrific things actually happened to a lot of those poor people who were suspected of Witchcraft and so we need to read and learn about them, for me the way Catherine Meyrick has written it, it all draws you into their dark and perilous world and makes this a really engaging, thrilling and exciting read.
I adored the backdrop of the Elizabethan age, which I think is a fascinating and at times quite bizarre era and this book is full of the most remarkable and vivid detail, along with some amazing and era-accurate characters – plus a few actual historical characters pop up throughout. This is a hugely satisfying book, if you love your historical romance which is full of drama and thrills, plus are fascinated by the deadly Witch trials then this is the book you need to read.
About the Author
Catherine Meyrick is a writer of historical fiction with a particular love of Elizabethan England. Her stories weave fictional characters into the gaps within the historical record – tales of ordinary people who are very much men and women of their time, yet in so many ways not unlike ourselves.
Although she grew up in regional Victoria, Australia, she has lived all her adult life in Melbourne. She has worked as a nurse, a tax assessor and finally a librarian. She has a Master of Arts in history and is also a family history obsessive.
Blog Tour Schedule
Tuesday, March 17
Review at Books and Zebras
Thursday, March 19
Review at Historical Romance Lover
Friday, March 20
Review at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals
Sunday, March 22
Review at A Darn Good Read
Tuesday, March 24
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books
Wednesday, March 25
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit
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