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Joan Pryce is not only a Catholic during the English Reformation but also Welsh, and comes from a family of proud revolutionaries. But when a small act of defiance entangles her in a deadly conspiracy, a single misstep may lead her straight to the gallows. Now, Joan must navigate a twisting path that could cost her life, her freedom, and her chance of finding love.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 10th 2016 by Cedar Fort, Inc.
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Tressa (Wishful Endings)
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4.5 Stars

BORN TO TREASON was a thoroughly enjoyable story! It's about a young women torn between her religious convictions, political unrest, and two men vying for her heart. Set during the Protestant Reformation in Wales gave the story a constant underlying feel of intrigue and danger. It was a sad, but beautiful story, with a hopeful and sweet ending. Perfect for historical romance readers who enjoy a touch of suspense.

By the time this story was over, I had come
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Sheila
May 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is a historical fiction book that was written by someone that knows their history. It is always so obvious when an author has done the hard work to get details right. I have been intrigued for a long time by this time period, the English Reformation and the reign of Queen Elizabeth the 1st. The feeling of great religious unrest is the basis for this story as Joan is Catholic, and her father died revolting against the Queen and now Joan is an orphan living with her godparents. She also ...more
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
It took me a little while to get into this book but it happened and I couldn't help but feel all kinds of emotions while reading it. I don't know that I felt a lot of emotional connection to the characters but the subject matter definitely had me thinking and feeling grateful and fortunate.

Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres for this exact reason. I'm able to learn about a period and place in time in a way that brings it to life. I will admit that I'm quite ignorant when it comes to
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Adriane
Not a bad story, I only wished it didn't take reading halfway into the book to get a real interest in it. I felt like I didn't really know Joan as a person rather than her actions and religion.
LAWonder10
Apr 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
After an awkward beginning, the tales increases in adventure, mystery, and intrigue. This tale takes place during one of the many very difficult times of history. As in most instances, the wealthy prosper - if they do not defy those who have power over them - and the poor suffer inhumanely. It is a time of inhumane torture of those who government feel threatened by, stripping them of all their worldly goods. This story centers on one young woman stripped of her wealth and position after the ...more
Katie W
Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
There are many things that I take for granted, I'm just now realizing. I am fortunate enough to live in a place where I can worship who and how I want to, without fear of punishment. Joan isn't so lucky. Living in Wales in the 1500s proves to be a fearful, and sometimes deadly, time. The Queen of England wants to reform religion and those who insist on worshiping as Catholics are tortured and hung. Joan is intent on keeping her faith and in aiding those who are doing what they can to rebel ...more
Mandy Al-Bjaly
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adore historical fiction novels. They are so much more powerful than textbooks because we not only learn about events, but also the minds, hearts, and living conditions of the people involved in and around those events.

In a historical fiction novel written right, we feel everything like the people living in the time would feel it.

When I read “Born to Treason,” by E. B. Wheeler, I learned about the fear, violence, desperation, and confusion surrounding the Welsh Catholics during the
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Karie
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really, really enjoyed BORN TO TREASON. Emily is an excellent writer and BORN TO TREASON showcases her abilities admirably. Joan Pryce is one of those characters that feels really true to life--the reader can really get into her head and understand not only what she is feeling, but why she is feeling that way. The details of domestic life in the 16th century are neatly woven into the narrative and bringing to life what it was to live in a manor--the persistent cold and damp, the daily ...more
Becca
May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
MY REVIEW / THOUGHTS:

This was such a fantastic story about sticking to your convictions and beliefs. While Joan tries to keep her religion close to her heart without getting put to the gallows she takes on a life changing course to stay true to herself and her beliefs.

This setting is beautiful, and the author put me right in the action. There was such a great story of, betrayal, love, and conviction. I felt Joan's love for what she believes in to flow through out the book. Although she knew what
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Erica
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Read this one on the long trans-Atlantic flight home from Europe. The beginning was a bit tricky, but once I figured out what was going on, I was intrigued by the tale of Joan and her situation. As an active Christian, I tried to think how I would feel and what I would do in her situation. Living in current times, with freedom of religion, it's crazy to think you could be killed for worshipping in a different manner than a political leader; but millions of people lived this way for hundreds of ...more
A.L. Sowards
Really enjoyed this one. The writing was beautiful, and the characters were complicated and interesting. I’m not an expert on Elizabethan England and Wales, but it felt like Wheeler did her homework and I loved the historical accuracy and detail. I liked the themes of being true to your beliefs and how different characters pursued that in different ways. I enjoyed the clean romantic element, and how it played an important role, but not the only role in driving the plot.
Becca McCulloch
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I rarely give 5* to a book but this one earned that coveted last star. The research and language are perfect examples of what historical fiction should be. The book grabbed me by page 5 and shoved my "to be read" pile aside. Joan is a strong protagonist who easily carries the novel but it's the history that turns the pages. The persecution of Catholics and desire for a Welsh printing press made for high intrigue and a deeply human and relatable story.
Rebekah Lee
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
EXTREMELY well written. Beautiful style of writing. Exciting, exhilarating, and inspiring. The story makes you think, and does an excellent job of taking your into the time of the Reformation in a way that makes you feel like you REALLY ARE in history. The love story is pretty sweet too. :) Wonderful job.
Kimberly Thomas
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very well written. I felt I was there living the story with Joan and found myself gasping and holding my breath during certain parts. Even with the story being fiction, I enjoyed the historical parts the author included throughout the book and especially at the end. If you enjoy history, this is a must read.
Lydia
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Truly delightful. Great historical story mixed with well crafted characters. This novel will hold your attention through the end as the twists in the story leave you glued to find out the unforeseen ending.
Crystal
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I felt that this historical fiction was well done. I was able to imagine myself living in the tense environment and could relate to the very human responses and then rational reasoning that the main character of the story worked through.
Booklovinglady
Interesting story. Different, but interesting; I liked it. I learnt something as well because judging from the author's note at the end, it was well researched. Well done E.B. Wheeler.
Miriam
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was very well-written and well-researched. I also thought the telling was very balanced.
Jodi Brown
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love, Love, Love this book! It is on my personal shelf of "favorites" that will be read over and over again. The history was spot on, the characters deep, and the plot was believable, and engaging. Loved the main characters and I can't wait to read it again!
Cindy Steel
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book. The subject matter in this book was very interesting and different. It was not a page turner for me but I read it whenever I had a few minutes and I enjoyed it.
Torri Rhayne
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited for this book! The cover is absolutely stunning. And the title entices you to its side.

It was super cool to learn about this time in history. I usually only hear about this time when I am learning about Shakespeare in my Theatre classes and maybe a little in World History. But we always focus on England itself, I don’t think Wales has ever even come up in any history class. It was cool to see such a struggle with letting go of your faith. I know if someone told me that I couldn’
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Aimee
Review appeared first @ Reading Lark: http://readinglark.blogspot.com/2016/...

The reign of Elizabeth I is not a good time to be either Catholic or Welsh; Joan Pryce knows by experience that it’s even harder to be both. When her father dies after being tortured for his beliefs, Joan is forced by her Protestant cousins to move in with her godparents. Eager to honor her faith and wanting to do what she can for her people, young Joan agrees to deliver some pages of a Welsh translation of the Bible
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Cathy
May 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing to me on so many levels. I liked Joan, I was saddened for her from the very beginning of the story. She's just lost her father, and she knows that he died because of his Catholic religion. She's about to lose her home because her father's successor's are kicking her out of it. And she wants to continue in her Catholic religion, a lot of that has to do with her dead mother's teachings, but she knows that her life will end the exact same way that her father's just did. So she ...more
Hema Penmetsa
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As an avid reader of historical fiction, I was pretty excited to pick up this book and my enthusiasm was well-placed. I’m drawn to books that place imaginary characters among real people and during true events and teach me about the history of a time period, and this book does exactly that. I had very little idea about the persecution that the Catholics of Wales faced during the 16th century (not to mention the rigidity of Welsh social class and the consequential dos and don’ts!), and this book ...more
Melanie
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was so interesting! It takes place during a time period that I'm not that familiar with so I feel like I learned a lot from reading it. Joan Pryce is a Welsh Catholic during a time when it's dangerous to be. After her father's death, her aunt takes over their home and she is sent to live with her godparents, Master and Mistress Lloyd. While there, she reunites with her childhood friend, Nicholas Bowen, who has changed a lot since she's last seen him. He's not happy to see her at all, ...more
Meagan Myhren-bennett
Born to Treason
By E.B. Wheeler

Joan Pryce has lost her father, been turned out of her childhood home, and sent to live with her godparents. Living in the late 16th century is a dangerous if you are a Catholic in English ruled Wales. And Joan is both Catholic and Welsh. Determined to live her life so that it will mean something, Joan is about to get caught up in something she never dreamed possible - treason against the Queen of England. But treason comes with a price and sometimes the innocent
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M R
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful historical account of the Welsh struggle for independence during a time of both political and religious subjection. Similar to the style of the classic Witch of Blackbird Pond. Mistress Joan is ashamed her father sold his soul to save his life, only to lose. She fears she will never be free to be herself, a Catholic Welsh. Her godparents take her in, and despite their Catholic sympathies, do not go against Queen Elizabeth's law. Drawn to two different men, the often cold, but ...more
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
***4.5 stars***

Historical Fiction is one of my favorite genres to read. This is a wonderful story that is intertwined with a period of Welsh history. The book is set during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Catholicism was outlawed and people who practiced their faith were imprisoned and some executed.

Joan is Catholic. She believes and loves her faith. When an opportunity arises to help out in her cause to let Catholics worship legally and publicly, she decides to help. The path she has chosen is
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Loralee
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! I read it some months ago, but failed to leave a review then. Joan and Nicholas are excellent heroine and hero in this book. Both of them are strong, three dimensional characters whose personalities fit well together. As a woman, I appreciate well-written heroines I can believe in and relate to who are not too weak, but not stereotypical Strong Female Characters either. The kind whose authors worked too hard making them Strong that they are no longer relatable or plausible. ...more
Chelsea Dyreng
Jun 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book has all of the elements needed in a great read: a strong female protagonist, a love triangle, a masquerade, an excellent sword fight and a satisfying end. It is a very well-researched book (you can tell this author has hands-on experience with this time period . . . after all, it says in her bio that she weaves and plays the hammered dulcimer!) but the author's historical knowledge isn't the only thing that makes this book a good read. It is filled with beautiful prose, witty dialogue ...more
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E.B. Wheeler attended BYU, majoring in history with an English minor, and earned graduate degrees in history and landscape architecture from Utah State University. She's the award-winning author of THE HAUNTING OF SPRINGETT HALL, BORN TO TREASON, and NO PEACE WITH THE DAWN, as well as several short stories, magazine articles, and scripts for educational software programs. She was named the 2016 ...more