1689: the Resoration enabled the Morland family to restore their own fortune, but now the Jacobite rebellion brings another threat to their security.
Annuciata Morland, fiercely loyal to the Stuart cause, follows her beloved king, James II, into exile. She leaves her gentle grandson, Matt, to oversee Morland Place in her absence. Without her wise presence, Matt finds himself in an arranged marriage to India Neville and at the mercy of a woman as heartless as she is beautiful. After a lonely and sheltered life he lurches between the exquisite pain of love and the torment of deep despair.
When James III - the Chevalier - returns to claim the Stuart throne, the Morlands are reunited in one country. Death and defeat threaten them, but their loves and loyalty prove stronger than kingly ambitions.
About the Author
Cynthia Harrod-Eagles is the author of the hugely popular Morland Dynasty novels, which have captivated and enthralled readers for decades. She is also the author of the contemporary Bill Slider mystery series, as well as her new series, War at Home, which is an epic family drama set against the backdrop of World War I. Cynthia's passions are music, wine, horses, architecture and the English countryside.
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I am definitely starting to get back into the Dynasty series which is lucky if I ever want to make it past book 22 and into the new books to find out what finally happens. I love the way the characters are all so fully drawn and so varied, even if there are "types" such as the strong Morland woman.I never know quite what to say about each individual title which is interesting - perhaps I am too busy seeing it as a series to be recaptured so that I can move on. But I do know that I have a learned a lot more about English history through reading these than I would ever otherwise have known. The Plantaganet era is still my favourite, but I love the fact that Harrod-Eagles can be so sympathetic to the Plantaganets without being unsympathetic towards the Tudors.In this title I was reminded of the Jacobite era - I had completely forgotten the exile of King James and the fact that King George was "the Usurper." I suddenly remembered with a shock that in primary school our sports teams were divided by British royal houses (back when Australians were definitely still true royalists!). I was in Hanover and it is amusing to read in this book that the Hanoverians are treated about the most unsympathetically of any rulers so far.