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The Best Historical Novel You'll Read This Year,
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This review is from: A Divided Inheritance (Kindle Edition)
Readers of Deborah Swift's first two novels The Lady's Slipper and The Gilded Lily will have high expectations of her latest book - and they will not be disappointed. A Divided Inheritance is simply outstanding - the richness of the characterisation, the detailed and richly evocative picture of early 17th century London and Spain, make this a novel to be treasured. The plot strand about the expulsion of the Moriscos from Spain is one rarely covered in historical fiction, and is shown here with heartbreaking intensity, and the scenes in the Spanish fencing school are a delight.
Reviewers have compared Deborah Swift's work to Philippa Gregory, and it would be well deserved if she were to enjoy similar success.
For many years my favourite historical novel has been Sharon Penman's The Sunne in Splendour; A Divided Inheritance deserves to be mentioned in the same breath.