Born to Treason

Born to Treason

by E. B. Wheeler


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ISBN-13: 9781462118465
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Incorporated/CFI Distribution
Publication date: 05/10/2016
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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Joan Pryce is not only Catholic but also Welsh, and comes from a family of proud revolutionaries. But when a small act of defiance entangles her in a deadly conspiracy, a single misstep could lead her straight to the gallows! Joan must decide between fighting for freedom and finding her true love.

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Born to Treason 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The strength of Born to Treason is in its historical detail. Wheeler’s writing easily evokes the contrast between the beautiful landscape and the ugly political and religious friction of the English Reformation. In the stories I’ve read, it’s usually high-born Protestants fighting against the corruption of the Catholic Church. Flipping that narrative and making the story about honest Catholic subjects affected by the laws of the English Reformation automatically created a compelling story. Wheeler also avoids the pitfall of giving her female character more freedom than would be realistic in that period of history. Joan is a strong, brave young woman committed to do right, but everything she does is still within the social confines of her day. I love that the author gave Joan difficult choices to make, and that, even though her heart is in the right place, her actions are not without consequences... You can read my full review @ Reading Lark:
SSTALEY More than 1 year ago
This book is a historical fiction book that was written by someone that knows their history. It is always so obvious when an author has done the hard work to get details right. I have been intrigued for a long time by this time period, the English Reformation and the reign of Queen Elizabeth the 1st. The feeling of great religious unrest is the basis for this story as Joan is Catholic, and her father died revolting against the Queen and now Joan is an orphan living with her godparents. She also meets up again with the man who she thought some day she'd marry, but she hasn't seen Nicholas for many years. He's changed in many ways and Joan isn't sure how she feels about him at first. This story has a slow start, but as things progress, you get to learn more about Joan and the kind of person she is. The reader soon sees that Joan is truly at heart very kind and caring and wanting to help the oppressed. She is courageous and fights for her beliefs, even with her own life at stake. Though there is some romance in the story, this book's strong points revolve around the adventure and mystery as she becomes wrapped up in the intrigue of secretly fighting for her people,The Welsh, and her beloved Catholic church. I felt on edge a lot while reading this story hoping that Joan and the others would succeed in their quest for freedom. There is some violence as the Queen's men had a job to "take care" of the Papist Traitors who were revolting against the Queen. There are some twists and turns in the story, especially having to do with the romance that fully blossoms near the end of the book. I can assure you that it will make you smile. This book will make readers of historical fiction and historical romance feel very fulfilled when finished. This clean read can be enjoyed by older teens and adults.
Mandy More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adore historical fiction novels. They are so much more powerful than textbooks because we not only learn about events, but also the minds, hearts, and living conditions of the people involved in and around those events. In a historical fiction novel written right, we feel everything like the people living in the time would feel it. Born-to-Treason-blog-tour-banner When I read “Born to Treason,” by E. B. Wheeler, I learned about the fear, violence, desperation, and confusion surrounding the Welsh Catholics during the English Reformation. I never knew anything about the cruelty and violence of this time period. In fact, when researching about it online, it was really hard for me to find information about Protestant violence towards Catholics. It was easy to find information for the opposite, though. The author makes it clear in her explanation of the time, though, that violence happened on both sides. I think it is easy when reading history to make judgments about one group of people or one religion based on certain events. But, reading a book like “Born to Treason,” reminds you that there are good people who want what is right everywhere. Perhaps more importantly, you are reminded that what is “right” doesn’t mean the same thing for everyone, and that the true answer is sometimes unclear. This book was a quick read, and drew me in right away. I really couldn’t put it down, and always wanted to know what was going to happen next. I loved the complexity of the key characters, Joan, Hugh and Nicholas. Wheeler did a wonderful job of making each character unique. Even characters who were a part of the same cause did not always agree with each other. The choice between treason to the crown and staying true to faith, the choice between fighting and staying silent, the choice between helping friends or turning them in to preserve your life and what you hold most dear, was never easy to make. Joan struggled throughout the book to find peace in her heart and mind. Her father had died from the effects of torture due to his Catholic devotion. She wanted to help the cause of freedom for her religion and for her beloved Wales. Her heart was also torn by the affections, or lack thereof, from two friends who were so different in their passions, manners, and beliefs. “Born to Treason” will make you worry, make you cringe, make you angry, make you despair, make you blush, make you hope, make you fall in love, and make you ponder what true courage entails. I highly recommend this book for its historical value, brilliant images of landscape, insight into life in 16th Century Wales for all stations of people, and for the times you will find yourself clutching your chest, unable to breathe steadily for anticipation of what will happen next, or for dreaming of who the man is behind the mask…
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
Delightful work of historical fiction you won't want to put down... Born to Treason By E.B. Wheeler Joan Pryce has lost her father, been turned out of her childhood home, and sent to live with her godparents. Living in the late 16th century is a dangerous if you are a Catholic in English ruled Wales. And Joan is both Catholic and Welsh. Determined to live her life so that it will mean something, Joan is about to get caught up in something she never dreamed possible - treason against the Queen of England. But treason comes with a price and sometimes the innocent pay it. Years ago Joan was promised to Nicholas Bowen, but for years silence has been all that has been between them. Does the young man who once held the title of friend have a place in her life now or has too much come between them? As Joan rebuilds her life, she fights to stay true to her beliefs while not endangering those who have offered her a home. But how does one stay true when the very thought could bring about the loss of all she holds dear. Born to Treason explores the plight of the Welsh as they seek the freedom to worship God as Catholics amongest the Protestant leanings of English rule. One doesn't often have an opportunity to read a book that is based in Wales and I found this to be an interesting change. Joan was an interesting and intriguing person and I enjoyed getting to know her. I would love to read more about Nicholas and learn more about his story before Joan came back into his life. This is an excellent choice if you are looking for clean reading historical fiction, This book is appropriate for most readers 12 and up in my opinion. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
WishEnd More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars BORN TO TREASON was a thoroughly enjoyable story! It's about a young women torn between her religious convictions, political unrest, and two men vying for her heart. Set during the Protestant Reformation in Wales gave the story a constant underlying feel of intrigue and danger. It was a sad, but beautiful story, with a hopeful and sweet ending. Perfect for historical romance readers who enjoy a touch of suspense. By the time this story was over, I had come to love these characters. Joan isn't always wise or prudent, but her heart and intentions are both good. She's in such a difficult position believing as she does, without her parents to guide and protect her, and being pulled in different ways. I loved how full her heart was and how willing she was to seek out the truth when it was really important instead of being swept away by others' opinions or desires. Nicholas is such an interesting character. He has so many layers, from his cold demeanor, to one of resolve, to a warmth when his heart is soft and caring, and to that of a fierce protector. Both of them have faced such sorrows and have been left alone, but if they're lucky enough, they can find home in each other. The plot moved at a pretty good pace. The suspense and intrigue kept the story fairly tense. Then there are places where friendships are created or rebuilt and others of sweet closeness between Joan and her charges or Nicholas. I loved the glimpses of hope, desire, doubt, and then of action that each continued to unveil and develop these characters. This was a fairly quick read at just over 200 pages and it was a story that held my interest from start to finish. In the end, was it what I wished for? Yes. This was a story told well, with lovable characters, convictions and love to fight for, and a sweet, slowly building romance. Definitely worth reading if you enjoy historical romance! Content: Some violence, but clean. Source: Received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way.
LadyCeltic2001 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed BORN TO TREASON. Emily is a talented writer, and BORN TO TREASON showcases her abilities admirably. Joan Pryce is one of those characters that feels really true to life--the reader can really get into her head and understand not only what she is feeling, but why she is feeling that way. The details of domestic life in the 16th century are neatly woven into the narrative and bringing to life what it was to live in a manor--the persistent cold and damp, the daily occupations that needed to be performed even by the heads of household to meet everyone's needs, even the relative scarcity of good clothing. Add those to some excellent character and plot development, and there were no info dumps required to get the reader up to speed. I cannot tell you how much I *loved* that! Instead, Emily brought the conflicts of the time to life by letting us see how Joan felt about them, how her loyalty to religion and country called into question her right to exist, according to the policies of the current government. This was difficult for me to read, because I really admire Elizabeth the First for balancing the forces in England and making her reign possible, but I sympathized with Joan and how the policies Liz 1 put in place negatively affected her life. But I truly admired the fact that Joan didn't make any reckless choices, either--she did what she could, but didn't overreach her abilities and resources. She was careful with the people around her, and how her decisions could affect their lives. She had the maturity I would expect from a character her age in that time period. I had a hard time putting the book down--the entire story was intense, but not overwhelming. Emily, I tip my hat to you. Now will you please write a story about Nicholas? Because he was pretty awesome too, and I think his history would be an intriguing read. Gentle Reader Alert: I found nothing of concern.
lilacqueen75 More than 1 year ago
There are many things that I take for granted, I'm just now realizing. I am fortunate enough to live in a place where I can worship who and how I want to, without fear of punishment. Joan isn't so lucky. Living in Wales in the 1500s proves to be a fearful, and sometimes deadly, time. The Queen of England wants to reform religion and those who insist on worshiping as Catholics are tortured and hung. Joan is intent on keeping her faith and in aiding those who are doing what they can to rebel against this, but it's very dangerous. This story really made me take a close look at my convictions and to think of the lengths I'd go to in order to stand up for what I believe in and I honestly don't know if I would have the strength to do what Joan does. Joan is orphaned and goes to live with her godparents. She has no idea who to trust in this tumultuous time, yet she is so willing to risk her safety for those whom she deems are in greater need of help. An unofficial betrothal to her father's friend's son falls apart in the past, but Nicholas is intriguing and aloof. Joan really is a character to admire, especially because she's so young (around 18). I enjoyed the story line, watching the events unfold in a gradual fashion. At times, the pacing seems to meander, but there are splashes of intensity and danger. This will be a definite hit with those who love historical fiction. Content: some violence and descriptions of violent acts, but it's not overly graphic; heavy religious elements, as that's what this story is about; very mild romance. *I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*
quibecca More than 1 year ago
MY REVIEW / THOUGHTS: This was such a fantastic story about sticking to your convictions and beliefs. While Joan tries to keep her religion close to her heart without getting put to the gallows she takes on a life changing course to stay true to herself and her beliefs. This setting is beautiful, and the author put me right in the action. There was such a great story of, betrayal, love, and conviction. I felt Joan's love for what she believes in to flow through out the book. Although she knew what she was doing was illegal, she kept with it and love found a way to make things work. I love how clean this book was and how involved it kept me. I am in love with the ending!!! I have enjoyed Wheeler's story, and know you will you. Take a chance, buy the book! You will not be disappointed.