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The Bridled Tongue

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Death and life are in the power of the tongue.

England 1586

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 i
Kindle Edition, 356 pages
Published February 1st 2020 by Courante Publishing
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Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you HFVBT and the author for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

The Bridled Tongue
By: Catherine Meyrick

*REVIEW* ☆☆☆☆
Welcome to Elizabethan England, circa 1586, when Elizabeth I was queen, Mary, Queen of Scots, wanted to be queen, and women were otherwise treated with zero respect, belonging far beneath the wise men of the day. The Bridled Tongue is a stark reminder of the atrocities committed against women during this time period. O
The Bridled Tongue by Catherine Meyrick

This brilliant historical fiction by Meyrick was set between Aug 1586 through Dec 1589 with an amazing story told within a very accurate historical timeline.

Our protagonist is Alyce Bradley who was quite the strong heroine, and an opinionated young woman who at the time was very close to being past her prime for a suitable marriage and family. Her father insisted that she marry as there were accusations about her being a witch. With a large dowry she finds
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-shelves
Alyce and Isabel, two sisters reaching womanhood in the late 1500's. The two have always in a way tried to out do the other, and Alyce always was one to not abide by the seen but not be heard unspoken rule expected of women. Isabel seems to have it all, a husband and a child on the way. Alyce however could care less about marriage and children, from what she has seen she doesn't know if she ever wants to be ruled over by a male.

Alyce's father is done with her nonsense, and decides she needs to m
Amy Bruno
It's 1586, Queen Elizabeth I is on the throne with Mary Queen of Scots and the King of Spain nipping at her Royal heels. Alyce Bradley is returning home after being a Lady's maid, turned servant, to a noblewoman where her parents sent her for the last 12 years. In her youth, she had a reputation for being unable to bide her tongue and speak her mind. A thing quite un-womanly or un-Godly even, in those days. And of course, it being the 16th century she is expected to only yearn for marriage and a ...more
Mary Yarde
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing

“Do not look surprised. It is what every woman wants: husband, children, a household of her own.”

Alyce Bradley knew that her father was right, but at twenty-eight years old, Alyce knew her choice for a husband would be few and far between. But she is reassured in the knowledge that she will have the final say on who she chooses to spend the rest of her life with.

Thomas Granville is in search of a wife, one preferably with a large enough dowry to finance his latest venture. He will treat her with
Zoe L.
Mar 18, 2020 added it
This story right here is why I have always said I would have probably been tried and burned as a witch if I had lived way back when. But oh my goodness is this book one wile twist after another. Plus it’s also just an amazing love story!

Whenever I think about what it would be like to live in the 1500s I always immediately think that I would not do well. So when reading about Alyce I really felt a sense of kinship with her. I mean, there’s nothing wrong with a woman who has a wicked tongue! But,
Sarah van der Steeg
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
This novel is about the life of an English merchant class woman called Alyce Bradley between August 1586 and December 1589. It mentions the events of the perceived attempt of Mary Queen of Scots to seize the English throne from Elizabeth the First in 1587, the attempted invasion by the Spanish Armada of Philip the Second in the Summer of 1588, and how these events impacted on the lives of ordinary people. The story is based around the geography of Norwich in Norfolk, Ashthorpe in Northamptonshir ...more
Rosanne Lortz
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As a young woman, Alyce Bradley was sent away her parents' house on account of her unbridled tongue. Now that she has returned, is this daughter of a prosperous merchant too old to find a husband? Determined to avoid a union with a lecherous journeyman, she agrees to marry Thomas Granville, a privateer several years older than her who wants a competent, agreeable, and virtuous wife. Alyce finds herself growing attracted to Thomas, but at the same time becomes painfully aware of the previous liai ...more
Brook Allen
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Meyrick illustrates a powerful understanding of human nature in this arresting tale of a 16th century woman who is strong-willed but conscientious. Alyce knows her faults and limitations, but when she accepts marriage to a man of means, she's suddenly surrounded by bitter jealousy that winds up placing her very existence in peril. It's ALL about human nature: covetousness, selfishness, bitterness... all of the things that can turn family and friends into enemies.

I was impressed with Meyrick's de
Amy Alvis
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Alyce and Thomas's story! It is not what I normally read, more historical fiction than historical romance, but I did enjoy watching the love between them grow. Besides their relationship, we see Alyce's relationship with family and friends, all whom play a role in what could destroy Alyce and Thomas's happiness. If you are a fan of historical fiction with a touch of romance, then this is the one for you! ...more
gj indieBRAG
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
We are proud to announce that THE BRIDLED TONGUE by Catherine Meyrick is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells readers that this book is well worth their time and money!
Vivienne Brereton
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was mesmerised from start to finish. Alyce Bradley, at twenty-eight, already a spinster without hope of making a great marriage, is such a sympathetic character that it’s hard not to fall in love with her from the first page. She has two potential suitors: Robin Chapman, a mealy-mouthed mercer, and Thomas Granville, a thoroughly red-blooded privateer, charming, and definitely a catch.
Although Alyce is famed for her quick tongue: “as sharp as it ever was”, acc
Jul 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the second book by Catherine Meyrick I've read and I was as impressed with this one as I was with the first one.

Reading her books is like time travelling. She recreates the everyday life of the time so easily.
I liked the story and the variety of characters. I loved that the heroine was a strong woman. I also appreciate reading about the time period (late Tudor) dealing with common people instead of having a royal cast.

My only issue is that I found the start a bit slow compared to the en
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a punishment for her behaviour, sixteen year old Alyce Bradley was banished from her home and sent to live with Lady Faulconer, the head of a strict, noble household. Twelve years later, when Lady Faulconer dies, Alyce is unceremoniously sent home to the family she has not seen in all that time and is unsure of the welcome she will receive. While they are happy to see her, her return is problematic and certain aspects of her past behaviour will never be forgotten: her outspokenness and the st ...more
gwendalyn _books_
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you HFVBT and the author for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

The Bridled Tongue by Catherine Meyrick, is an exceptional historical fiction. This brilliantly executed novel is set between August 1586, through December 1589.

Alyce Bradley, a daughter of a mercer of high standing, was banished from her home twelve years ago and sent to live with a noblewoman, Lady Faulconer. Her parents deemed it necessary to squelch any rumors that mig
Charlie Tyler
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An exciting and captivating story about Alyce Bradley, a brilliant young woman, ahead of her times. The story is set in Elizabethan England against the backdrop of the execution of Mary Queen of Scots and the adventures of the legendary Sir Francis Drake. Meyrick’s writing is full of accurate, historical details and her beautiful, descriptive prose makes it easy to imagine the market places full of gingerbread, spiced lavender, marigold brocade with stilt walkers performing; their ribbons flutte ...more
Carole Rae
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This intrigued me from the moment I looked at the cover. Plus I needed a good historical fiction!

The story follows Alyce Bradley. She has always been independent and have a wicked tongue. Now that she is older her father is forcing her to marry but he is letting her have the final word on which suitor. In the end she picks Thomas Granville who is an ambitious privateer. The don't expect more than mutual courtesy and respect but it turns to love. Their happiness and love is threatened when danger
Jessica Belmont
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Bridled Tongue by Catherine Merick is a beautifully written historical fiction set in 1586-1589. During this time, thousands of women were killed for being accused of being witches. The historical accuracy in which Catherine Merick weaves this story is awesome, and there was very clear research done for this.

The characters are also fantastically written. Alyce Bradley, an opinionated woman and Thomas Granville are matched for marriage. What’s wonderful about this story is seeing their relati
Tonya Ulynn Brown
Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An intriguing book that keeps you reading!

I was so worried about how Alyce Bradley was going to get out of her predicament. Meyrick really knows how to build the tension and keep you guessing as to what is going to happen next. I worried myself to find out how all the loose ends were going to come together to resolve the conflict in poor Alyce's life.

The Bridled Tongue gives you a wonderful insight into the everyday life of a late 16th century household and workings of a manor house. Her attent
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A well written, very historically interesting book.i loved Thomas from the first. Alyce had a sharp tongue and was guarded , though with her family who could blame her. Her parents sent her away to live with a cruel woman for 12 years and never visited. When she comes home they try to sell her in marriage. Her sister is the worst of the lot. She is so jealous and believes every bad that happens is bc of witchcraft. The family is irredeemable by the end as well as the rest of the villians. I enjo ...more
Patrick Chelf
Nov 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
Ridiculously predictable.

A thoroughly unlike able, thick witted, and weak heroine...dependent on salvation by her dashing husband to dig herself out of one idiotic hole or another. Poor and superficial historical elements don’t save this insipid quasi-romance. Slow paced. Predictable. And filled with an entire cast of truly unlikeable characters. No one has any depth of character, all are described as the cardboard archetypes of various historical romance “dramatic personae”. Just bad. And bori
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book and couldn’t put it down. I got the book Tuesday lunchtime, read on the train going home and Tuesday evening, in my lunch break Wednesday and although I didn’t get home from work until nine pm, didn’t go to bed until I’d finished just before midnight, such a riveting read. This is her second book and I think she’s going from strength to strength. Definitely one for the watch list.
May 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good historical fiction....engaging story.....

This was a good way to spend a dismal wet day. Story is fast paced with unusual story line. A real depiction of life back then? Maybe....maybe not. Would recommend it to anyone needed to fill a long day of being locked down because of coronavirus. No stress reading.
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. I could not wait for this to come out after reading Forsaking All Other and I was not disappointed! While it's a much darker and more complex story than the previous one, this still has all the elements of history and romance that you'd expect. It's beautifully well written and researched and just such a great story. ...more
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great historical romance that felt very true to its historic context. I was immediately drawn into Alyce's story from the beginning and I loved how well the author was able to recreate the historic setting. This one had a lot of similar plot points to Meyrick's previous book, but I thought the execution was much crisper and I loved the romance between the hero and heroine. ...more
Jeni Neill
Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Exciting to find a book set in the exact era that I am currently interested in. The in-depth research involved in this book was commendable. Alyce's family were so unsupportive as to be extremely unpleasant and I found their dynamic interesting and thought provoking. An imaginative tale that gives a good sense of time and place. ...more
Gale Laroche
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful book

This is a very well written interesting book. How difficult life was for a woman back in those times. I usually skip through portions of a book when I read but read every page of this one!
Judy Martin
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
excellent story..good historical background

The female characters, good or malicious are well drawn, complex and very relatable. The weaker characters, men and women, form a good backdrop to the storyline. Really enjoyable read.
S franke
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it

Slow to start but very good. I liked the unusual plot line.
The fact that this is an older woman seeking a family life is so interesting. Not the usual. I enjoyed the feel for history here too.
Good read
Jenny Q
Mar 16, 2020 marked it as historical-editorial
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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

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