Hugh and Bess

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"A delightful novel full of chivalry, romance, and real-life terrors."
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Forced to marry Hugh le Despenser, the son and grandson of disgraced traitors, Bess de Montacute, just 13 years old, is appalled at his less-than-desirable past. Meanwhile, Hugh must give up the woman he really loves in order to marry the reluctant Bess. Far apart in age and haunted by the past, can Hugh and Bess somehow make their marriage work?

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Overview

"A delightful novel full of chivalry, romance, and real-life terrors."
Historical Novels Review

Forced to marry Hugh le Despenser, the son and grandson of disgraced traitors, Bess de Montacute, just 13 years old, is appalled at his less-than-desirable past. Meanwhile, Hugh must give up the woman he really loves in order to marry the reluctant Bess. Far apart in age and haunted by the past, can Hugh and Bess somehow make their marriage work?

Just as walls break down and love begins to grow, the merciless plague endangers all whom the couple holds dear, threatening the life and love they have built.

Award-winning author Susan Higginbotham's impeccable research will delight avid historical fiction readers, and her enchanting characters will surely capture every reader's heart. Fans of her first novel, The Traitor's Wife, will be thrilled to find that this story follows the next generation of the Despenser family.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A novel following in the footseps of Jean Plaidy and Norah Lofts." - Dear Author

"No matter what the topic, [Susan Higginbotham's] readers are sure to be pleased" - Historical Novel Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402215278
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 287
  • Sales rank: 353,579
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Higginbotham's meticulously researched historical fiction brought to life by her heartfelt writing delights readers. Higginbotham runs her own historical fiction/history blog and is a contributor to the blog "Yesterday Revisited." She has worked as an editor and an attorney and lives in Apex, North Carolina, with her family.
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Posted July 24, 2009

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    This is a terrific fourteenth century historical romance

    In 1341 thirteen years old Bess de Montacute is outraged and humiliated that she has been directed by her parents to marry Hugh le Despenser. It is bad enough he is twice her age and her breasts remain childishly flat, but the widow (her spouse died when she was eleven) is galled that his heritage is that of the son and grandson of traitors (see THE TRAITOR'S WIFE). She is aghast that her surname will be that of a disgraced family.

    Hugh is as outraged as Bess over the arranged nuptials to a child bride, but is more accepting or at least hides his ire better. He knows to regain good standing for himself and his family; he must marry the bratty daughter of the Earl of Salisbury, a close advisor and friend to King Edward III. To him it simply means marrying for duty rather than love. As war and plague devastate England, against all odds Hugh & Bess fall in love.

    This is a terrific fourteenth century historical romance starring two people forced into a political marriage who find love. Bess is a reluctant wife as this time she is expected to live with her husband unlike when she previously wed and remained home; High is a fabulous lead male who loathes marrying his young bride, but has no choice if eh wants to remove the stigma. Their changing relationship over a decade as she matures makes for a fine tale of love amidst betrayal, back stabling and war.

    Harriet Klausner

    8 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2011

    Horrible -- Dont waste your time!

    This book was one of the most boring, uninteresting books I've read -- and trust me, I've read a lot of books. The characters are forgettable and not even completely distinguishable. There is a lot of mundane details that we could have gone without in the book. I think the author put them all in there to prove she did thorough research (which she didnt'--see bottom of my review).

    There is almost NO romance to this book. One day, after getting cheated on, Bess suddenly decides she loves Hugh after hating him forever. There is absolutely NO passion whatsoever.

    There isn't much of a plot either. I never got excited, and wasn't sure if there was a climax in the book even.

    By the way, Susan Higginbotham doesn't do her "research" all that well, because I noticed she uses expressions like "you had to give him credit" which did not even exist until the mid 1500s. Research better next time! And try to come up with a plot!

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2011

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    A Lovely Story

    This is a quick read being under two hundred pages. I was captured from the very first page, giggling, as Bess hid in the window seat listening to her parent conversation, not wanting to be rude and interrupt. She is a heartfelt and vibrant character that was easy to relate to. I enjoyed reading of her life and how it unfolded. I wish that I had read The Traitors Wife prior to this one. A wonderfully poignant love story that I will remember and recommend to family and friends.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

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    Boring

    I expected more, from the whole plotline.
    Like an earlier reviewer said, the start is slow and the characters are forgettable.
    On top of that, even their romance was lacking.
    Bess and Hugh have, what it seems to me, a very boring relationship, even after he cheats on her.
    The book goes as far as to make me angry that I even bought it.
    Not worth it.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2012

    I recomend this to all readers of historical fiction.

    This book fit in with other books by Susan Higginbotham. I enjoy all books by this author. Will read more as available.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2009

    A Little Slow

    I was quite disappointed with this book. The whole story line seemed to be all over the place and very, very slow. I got almost to the very end and couldn't take anymore. The characters were forgettable and didn't really captivate me.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 3, 2011

    Great Love Story

    I loved this book! Great mix of ups and downs. A great feel good novel.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    Good

    Enjoyed reading this book. Lots of history

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 11, 2011

    Good

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    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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