Friday, 12 February 2016

The Silvered Heart by Katherine Clements

The Silvered Heart

The Silvered Heart by Katherine Clements
Published: 11th February 2016
Publisher: Headline Review
Pages: 464
Available in Paperback and on Kindle

1648: Civil war is devastating England. The privileged world of Katherine Ferrers is crumbling under Cromwell's army and, as an orphaned heiress, she has no choice but to marry for the sake of family.
But as her marriage turns into a prison and her fortune is forfeit, Katherine becomes increasingly desperate. So when she meets a man who shows her a way out, she seizes the chance. It is dangerous and brutal, and she knows if they're caught, there's only one way it can end...


The Silvered Heart by Katherine Clements is a historical novel loosely following the life of Lady Katherine Ferrers. Katherine was born a rich heiress who was orphaned at a young age and to save her fortune forced into a loveless marriage with Thomas Fanshaw. As the civil war forces the Fanshaws out of favour the family fortune soon dwindles and Katherine is forced to take drastic measures to find some money. Embarking on life of danger as highway robber Katherine eventually finds someone who she can truly love.

I loved Katherine’s character, her determination to not just sit back and let her husband ruin them but to put herself in danger to find some money to keep her household together was inspiring ass many woman in history seem to only do what their husbands tell them. She doesn’t seem to be a very happy character as she believes she’s in touch with the devil. So I was glad when she found some happiness with Rafe.

I loved all the uncertainties that were portrayed in this book, how fortunes changed overnight and how allies were made and lost just as frequently. It was a time when England’s future was uncertain and the author has captured this feeling brilliantly.

The authors writing style is very detailed which totally engrosses you in the time and place of this novel and it felt very real to read. The bleak gruesomeness of the time have been captured very well, a little too well in places as there were some moments which made me a little squeamish.

I think this was a very interesting portrayal of the legend of the “Wicked Lady” from a lady who has a talent for historical fiction. I’m intrigued to read what she writes next.

I’d like to thank the publishers and bookbridgr for this review copy and I would like to rate The Silvered Heart by Katherine Clements 4/5.

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