Some five-star reader reviews:
‘Highly recommended if you like a touch of romance in your historical fiction!’
‘Good good good book.’
‘… this is a thoroughly enjoyable read. A very well-researched story, where the narrative licks along irresistibly.’
(Historical Novels Review, Issue 78, November 2016)
‘If you wanted more after reading ‘Root of the Tudor Rose’ this is it ..’
Exactly a year after its predecessor was named the Welsh Books Council’s ‘Book of the Month’, The Witch of Eye was accorded the same honour in July 2016. Though not strictly speaking a sequel to Root of the Tudor Rose, it nevertheless continues the story of some of the characters who featured in the first book. Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, who gave poor Owen Tudor such a bad time, is here again along with his wife, the scheming, manipulative Eleanor Cobham. By now, Humphrey is heir to the throne of his inept, inert young nephew, King Henry VI and the Duchess Eleanor is well aware that she, as Humphrey’s wife, might one day become Queen of England. For this reason, she’s anxious to conceive a male heir to secure her husband’s succession. But she fails in this, miserably and frustratingly, despite using every trick she has up her elegant sleeve.
In desperation, Eleanor seeks help from a few trusted advisers, including a so-called ‘wise woman’ by the name of Margery Jourdemayne, the wife of the tenant-farmer of the monastic estate of Eye-next-Westminster. Margery’s skills as a herbalist enable her to earn a satisfying supplementary income by supplying medicines, cosmetics, lotions and potions to the ladies of the royal court at the Palace of Westminster but she oversteps the mark. Under Eleanor’s special patronage, she becomes greedily over-ambitious to the point where she is suspected of witchcraft. Into this cauldron of intrigue steps Jenna Harding, an innocent young woman from Devonshire who has been forced to flee an abusive domestic relationship. Jenna unwittingly becomes involved in a situation which gathers momentum until it is identified as a plot to kill the King himself, culminating in the most sensational treason trial of the fifteenth century.