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Fortune's Wheel: The First Meonbridge Chronicle (The Meonbridge Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition
It's June 1349. In Meonbridge, a Hampshire manor, many have lost their lives to the Black Death, among them Alice atte Wode’s beloved husband and Eleanor Titherige’s widowed father. Even the family of the manor’s lord and his wife, Margaret de Bohun, has not entirely escaped..
But, now the plague has passed, the people of Meonbridge must work together to rebuild their lives. However, tensions mount between the de Bohuns and their tenants, as the workers realise their new scarceness means they can demand higher wages and dictate their own lives.
When the tensions deepen into violence and disorder, and the men – lord and villagers alike – seem unable to find any resolution, the women – Alice, Eleanor and Margaret – must step forward to find a way out of the conflict that is tearing Meonbridge apart.
“A thoroughly researched book, with care given to ensuring that the characters have 14th century attitudes and knowledge…gives a strong sense of the reality of the past.” Catherine Meyrick, author of Forsaking All Other
If you enjoy well-researched, immersive historical fiction, set in a turbulent and challenging time, with strong but credible female characters, you’ll love Fortune’s Wheel, the first of the MEONBRIDGE CHRONICLES.
"Exceptionally well written...astoundingly well researched...grab yourself a copy and get list in an altogether different time."Brook Cottage Books @BrookCottageBks
"This is probably in my top 5 favorite books this year...The writing in this novel blew me away! a wonderful spin on history. Overall I give this book 10 out of 5 stars." Laura H., NetGalley & The Reading Wolf
"Completely intriguing, fascinating and surprisingly emotional...more please!" The Book Magnet @thebookmagnet
"An accomplished, fascinating historical fiction novel - and an impressive debut." What Cathy Read Next, @Cathy_A_J
"Well written, gripping and satisfying. I loved this book." Kate O., NetGalley
"Historical fiction at its best!" Jeannette S., NetGalley
"Would be a great book for a book group!" Ruth M., NetGalley--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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- ASIN : B07KGF963Y
- Publisher : Riverdown Books (12 November 2018)
- Language : English
- File size : 3573 KB
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- Print length : 324 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 120,603 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Apart from references to cottars, trenchers, pottage and the like, there is no real sense that this is 14th century England, with all its filth, poverty and servitude, or that a great plague has wiped out half the population, leaving some survivors reeling with grief and despair, while opportunists sought to improve the lot of the common man.
And while Ms Hughes has, according to the blurb, done extensive research into the period, did they really have spicy dipping sauces in medieval times?
There was none of that in this book. Set in the time just after the Great Plague, or ‘Mortality’ as it’s referred to here; this is the story about ordinary people trying to continue their lives after so many of their loved ones have died as victims of the plague. But it’s not boring – oh no, far from it. I found myself deeply involved in the lives of the characters, struggling within the Manorial system that existed in those days and how the shape of their lives can change at the whim of their masters. I learned a lot about life in the fourteenth century and about the Manorial System and so on. I think human nature hasn’t changed much – if I didn’t know better, I would have said it was the start of the Trade Unions!
I am not into going into lots of detail about the story because I think it spoils it for the readers but I will say that Ms Hughes has beautifully interwoven the various storylines so that the reader can easily slip out of one into another and back again with no difficulty; in fact, it is a village, a community whose lives are interwoven and so the whole thing is very natural.
I was so involved that I was rather surprised when it ended, although I suppose it ended in a good place, leaving some story lines to continue in the next book.
Thanks very much, Ms. Hughes, I thoroughly enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading the next one.
I very much enjoyed the book and particularly liked Alice, Eleanor and Margaret, three strong female characters coping in a society where women are second class citizens and the poor are oppressed by the rich.
This book is the first in a trilogy and I very much look forward to meeting the inhabitants of Meonbridge again in the next volume.