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  • Exceptional English Historical Fiction

    What a wonderfully well-done novel of historical fiction! The author puts us squarely in Oxford during the reign of Charles II, when he brought Parliament to Oxford. This book shows us both king and commoners, as well-written historical fiction should do. His descriptions of the people and city of Oxford make you feel you are right there, taking part in all the drama. Historical fiction is at its best what it takes something that could be construed as a broad slice of history and brings it down to the human level. Kings and presidents may make history, but the masses feel repercussions of their decisions—and ultimately may have to pay prices that those in power never have to. Historical fiction needed to show the flow of history, especially how it affects those on the banks of its ever-moving river. This book does that exceptionally well. The struggles of the times are accurately reflected by some conflicts faced by the ordinary people of Oxford at this time of papist fear and hatred. This is not an easy read, especially if your Restoration history knowledge is a little rusty, but it is so engaging and personal—as well as historic—that I found it to be a compelling read.

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  • Recommended!

    An interesting and engaging historical fiction, well researched and well written. The plot was fascinating and historical background well researched. A very good book, recommended! Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.

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  • Blood on the Stone

    Great read and real page turner. Who would have thought a detective novel set in 17th century Oxford. Jake Lynch pulled it off. Very well researched.

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  • Enjoyable historical fiction

    Well written and paced and interesting from an historical perspective.

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