In Duking Days, Anita Davison takes the reader on a journey from Loxbeare Manor House to the aftermath of the Battle of Sedgemore to Lambtons, an ale house in London.
Ms Davidson recreates the sights, sounds and smells of the era including that of the ill-fated rebellion led by the Anglican Duke of Monmouth, illegitimate son of Charles IInd, in an attempt to win the throne from his Roman Catholic uncle, the unpopular James IInd.
At the beginning of Duking Days Helena Woulfe's position as the only daughter in a loving family has changed for ever. Her father, uncle and eldest brother have joined the rebellion.
When the rebellion fails, Helena, her mother and young brother are at the mercy of those appointed by King James to punish traitors. Helena and her family are not only in danger of losing their lives but also in danger of losing everything they own, and Helena is desperate to discover the fate of her menfolk.
Helena is forced to grow up fast and realises her only security as an attainted man's daughter lies in a suitable marriage.
While I read Duking Days I hoped Helena would triumph over her misfortunes.
I can't wait to read the sequel: Duking Days,