Hugh and Bess

Hugh and Bess

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by Susan Higginbotham
     
 

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"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

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"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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"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402215278
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
08/01/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
287
Sales rank:
609,751
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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Hugh and Bess 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
EVKendall More than 1 year ago
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.
MelP More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
littleredwritinghood More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Great mix of ups and downs. A great feel good novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 19 days ago
I liked the part where Bess was in France and the description of the English camp.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Fell into the pages of this charming novel.
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This book fit in with other books by Susan Higginbotham. I enjoy all books by this author. Will read more as available.
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