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Misfit | 1139 comments Mod
Just spotted this on the Kindle freebie list today. Anyone heard of it or the author?

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Misfit | 1139 comments Mod
The blurb:

"Utterly disinterested in politics, war, or power and with no expectations of inheriting more than his father’s casual contempt, since his three elder brothers take precedence, Ludovic, the Earl of Sumerford’s youngest son, settles to a life of smuggling to embellish his non-existent fortune.
Four sons, four secret and complicated agendas, and four very different personalities combine to create an atmosphere of brooding and aggravated unease at Sumerford Castle. The earl watches his sons’ varied interests with considerable misgivings, in particular his mentally unstable heir’s new wife, a strangely unorthodox woman.
Then everything changes.
It is the very end of the 15th century, and Henry VII, the founder of the Tudor dynasty, sits on England’s throne, but how long he will remain there is unsure for there are other claimants to the crown. One names himself Richard Plantagenet, though the king dubs him Perkin Warbeck, and it is Ludovic’s brother Gerald who is risking his life to prove this is no pretender but the rightful king.
Against the background of the brothers’ diverse and complex passions and the menacing and intensifying political situation, the family hides and protects its mysteries. And Ludovic, although looking for something quite different, finds romance in the unlikeliest place.
But it is danger, not love, which finds Ludovic first. Drawn into conspiracies of treason, Ludovic faces arrest and imprisonment. Soon, haunted and tortured on the rack, this youngest son seems likely to lose his very minor fortune, his barely awakening romance, and possibly even his worthless life. But once again not everything is as it appears."

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Brian (brianwainwright) | 149 comments I read it before it was published. Barbara is a decent author and it's an enjoyable read. You have to be able to suspend disbelief in an entire unhistorical noble family though. Definitely worth a try.

message 4: by Misfit (new)

Misfit | 1139 comments Mod
Thanks Brian.

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Joan Szechtman | 401 comments I haven't read her books either, but I believe she's a member of the Richard III Society and many folks on those discussion groups have liked her books. I think this is the third one she's put on Kindle. Maybe download a sample to see if it's to your taste.

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