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The Freemason's Daughter
     

The Freemason's Daughter

by Shelley Sackier
 

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Saying good-bye to Scotland is the hardest thing that Jenna MacDuff has had to do—until she met Lord Pembroke. Jenna’s small clan has risked their lives traveling the countryside as masons, secretly drumming up support and arms at every stop for the exiled King James Stuart so that he may retake the British throne. But their next job brings them into

Overview

Saying good-bye to Scotland is the hardest thing that Jenna MacDuff has had to do—until she met Lord Pembroke. Jenna’s small clan has risked their lives traveling the countryside as masons, secretly drumming up support and arms at every stop for the exiled King James Stuart so that he may retake the British throne. But their next job brings them into enemy territory: England.

Jenna’s father repeatedly warns her to trust no one, but when the Duke of Keswick hires the clan to build a garrison on his estate, it seems she cannot hide her capable mind from the duke’s inquisitive son, Lord Alex Pembroke—nor mask her growing attraction to him.

But there’s a covert plan behind the building of the garrison--a secret that cannot be revealed. Will Jenna hide her family’s mutinous plot and assist her clan’s cause, or protect the life of the young noble she’s falling for?

In Shelley Sackier’s lush, vivid historical debut, someone will pay a deadly price no matter what Jenna chooses.

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
★ 2017-02-04
It's 1714 Great Britain, and a rebellion is brewing.James Stuart lives in exile, and George of the German House of Hannover is about to ascend the throne. Jenna's family, Scottish stonemasons, are Jacobites secretly working to return James to the throne in accordance with the divine right of kings. Alex, Lord Pembroke, has a duty to support George I's government as inheritor of his father's seat in the House of Lords. His father, the Duke of Keswick, has hired the masons to build a garrison to imprison and execute Jacobites—but Jenna's family has other plans for the structure: to aid the rebellion. Jenna and Alex inevitably meet and fall in love, but if Alex discovers Jenna's secret, her life, and those of her family, will be forfeit. Third-person narration alternates between Jenna and Alex, but it's Jenna's freethinking that will pull readers in. Her most prized possession is a copy of Newton's Principia; she's been taught to speak the King's English rather than with the broad Scottish accent of her family; and she has the freedom to choose her life's path during a time when women had very few choices. The cast, unsurprisingly, is an all-white one. An intriguing exploration of the intersection of politics, religion, and customs of the period—historical fiction at its best. (Historical fiction. 13-18)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062453440
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/11/2017
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
1,073,871
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.21(d)
Age Range:
13 Years

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Meet the Author

Shelley Sackier is the author of The Freemason's Daughter and Dear Opl. She blogs at peakperspective.com about food, family, and the folly that is life while living atop a mountain in the Blue Ridge. You can read more of her work at www.shelleysackier.com and follow her on Twitter @ShelleySackier.