Hugh and Bess

Hugh and Bess

by Susan Higginbotham

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ISBN-13: 9781402227608
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/01/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 374,032
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Susan Higginbotham is the author of four historical novels, including The Stolen Crown, The Queen of Last Hopes, and Hugh and Bess. The Traitor's Wife, her first novel, is the winner of ForeWord Magazine's 2005 Silver Award for historical fiction and is a Gold Medalist, Historical/Military Fiction, 2008 Independent Publisher Book Awards. She writes her own historical fiction blog and is a contributor to the blog Yesterday Revisited. Higginbotham has worked as an editor and an attorney, and lives in North Carolina with her family.

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Hugh and Bess 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 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.
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.
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.
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.
lindymc on LibraryThing 14 hours ago
Having read the very wonderful novel, The Traitor's Wife, by this author, I was really looking forward to this book, but I was disappointed. Neither the characters, nor the story was as well-developed; I wanted more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A 14 year old girl married to a 32 year old man and their romance. A real turn off.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the part where Bess was in France and the description of the English camp.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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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