Jenny Barden

"Jenny Barden"
Helpful votes received on reviews: 91% (10 of 11)
Location: London


Top Reviewer Ranking: 241,986 - Total Helpful Votes: 10 of 11
The Scent of Death by Andrew Taylor
The Scent of Death by Andrew Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 24 Feb 2014
An enthralling tale of divided loyalties, illicit passion, and the untangling of a gruesome murder during the American War of Independence, when New York was an occupied city under siege, and allegiances were ever shifting. Compellingly written with characters whose voices ring completely true to their time and situation, stepping out from an age when perceptions of world order were on the brink of momentous change, brought to life by a master storyteller. Brilliant – there’s no other word for it!
The Handfasted Wife (Daughters of Hastings 1) by Carol McGrath
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exquisitely crafted..., 19 Dec 2013
Exquisitely crafted and meticulously researched, 'The Handfasted Wife' takes a poignant look at the lives of some of the leading women affected by the power politics and turmoil at the time of the Norman Conquest. The novel has an original focus on Edith (Elditha) Swanneck, the love-wife of Harold Godwinson, last Anglo Saxon King of England, a lady who is set aside when her husband is crowned with devastating consequences for her and her children. 'The Handfasted Wife' deals sensitively with the effect of war on women at a time when they had little control over their destinies, and with conflicts in faith and tradition when Christianity was supplanting Paganism. A story as finely worked as… Read more
Saxon's Bane by Geoffrey Gudgion
Saxon's Bane by Geoffrey Gudgion
5.0 out of 5 stars A thumping good read, 10 Oct 2013
Gudgion is a consummate storyteller and this is a cracker of a tale that builds to a heart-pounding climax. The shifts in consciousness between heightened awareness of the present and the dream states that connect with dark episodes in the far past are particularly powerful and beautifully executed. I also love the way Gudgion describes the potential for healing affinity btween man and horse, and between man and the land come to that. This novel is steeped with the allure and mystery of our ancient English countryside; it's brutal in places and totally beguiling too.

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