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Monday, July 25, 2016
Books We Love's Tantalizing Talent ~ Author Anita Seymour
Although London born and bred, my
inherent interest in history led me to discovering that I am the third
generation of Prussian/German immigrants who came to London in 1880. I have
always been able to express myself better in the written word than the spoken
one, so writing is something I have always done. I had no aspirations to become
an author, that evolved through the powers of an online critique group where I
learned that maybe my embryo story of a family caught up in the Monmouth
Rebellion might be more than a personal exercise.
Ever since I was a child, I have
always loved the historical side of England, where the buildings, rivers and
churches retain shadows of the people who once inhabited them. London in particular
has a unique atmosphere, and although I don’t believe in ghosts, I enjoy
discovering how those who once occupied its streets and alleys used to live,
and especially those who lived during the time of the Stuart kings.
Helena Woulfe, the daughter of a
wealthy Exeter nobleman leads a privileged life, however, when rebellion sweeps
the West Country, her family is caught in its grip. After Monmouth’s bloody
defeat in battle at Sedgemoor, Helena sets off for Somerset to find the three
missing members of her family.
With the Woulfe estate confiscated
by the crown, Helena and her younger brother Henry hope the anonymity of the
capital city will be more forgiving to the children of a convicted rebel.
However, Helena finds her search for security and respectability in London are
threatened by someone who wishes harm to a traitor's daughter.
It is 1688 and in London, and Helena
has what she always wanted, respectability and security, although her brothers
remain a worry - Aaron schemes in Holland with the Prince of Orange to depose
the reigning king James II, and Henry carries his own sorrow, pining for
another man's wife.
Prince William arrives in England to
re-establish the Anglican Church, and when anti-Papist riots break out in
London, Helena is forced to flee from her home – again.
While Helena strives to keep what
she holds dear, can she and her brothers attain what they desire and above all,
will they ever learn the fate of their missing Father, who disappeared after
the Battle of Sedgemoor?