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  • The Bridled Tongue

    THE BRIDLED TONGUE is set in the late 1500's when Alyce returns home from being in service. Her sister, Isabel, has always been in competition with Alyce but now feels as though she has won. After all, she is married - even if there are whispers of his infidelities. Things soon turn around after Alyce is betrothed, and marries, a man of higher standing than her husband. Will Isabel leave the competition behind, or will it turn deadly? I think you know which way it will go - after all, there would be no story otherwise. What you need to do though is read this one for yourself. Instead of just reading my review which skims along the surface, take the time to delve into the depths of this amazing novel that will keep you turning the pages. The timeline is historically accurate, with a few fictional additions. The scenes are brilliantly described and will make you feel as though you are there. Sibling rivalry can be harsh indeed, especially when it is encouraged. The circumstances between Alyce and Isabel are incredibly well thought out and explained. It was also easy to see how things could get so out of hand. One thing I loved was seeing the relationship develop between Alyce and Thomas. From acceptance, to respect, to love. Simply delightful and wonderful to read. This book is a 5-star review from me. It couldn't be anything else. A fantastic portrayal of the times and absolutely recommended by me. * A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. * Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

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  • This book is a MUST read!

    Have you ever read a book, turned the last page and whispered "wow!" under your breath? As my eyes focused once again on my surroundings, I noticed three things: • Three cups of half-drunk tea • A small mountain of tissues • An empty tissue box. The Bridled Tongue captivated me. No, it ensnared me in a vice in which I could not break free from. My husband walked into the room, took one look at me in my ugly crying state, and abruptly turned back around muttering under his breath about his hatred of fictional characters—what does he know? The poor bloke only reads Haynes Manuals. He would not know what to do with a fictional character if one walked up to him and hit him! This novel is about Alyce Bradley, a woman who is born before her time. She is a strong yet incredibly caring character who feels things really deeply. She is an empath with a heart that is overflowing with love. If only she could find the right man. But, alas, she has to marry Thomas Granville—mind you, I don’t think I would have minded overly much if I had to marry Thomas Granville, but knowing my luck his reading interest would have been limited to “how to make a fortune by privateering for dummies” or some such non-fiction. But I am getting off the point. So, Alyce, our heroine, marries Thomas, our hero, and they live happily ever after. Wrong!! And this is where this book differs from other historical romances because there is nothing simple about this courtship, for Thomas has many enemies, and Alyce has the most dysfunctional family ever to walk the earth. A family so dysfunctional that they cannot bear to see Alyce happy. The vile Isabel Sutton, Alyce’s sister, really ruffled my feathers, I don’t mind admitting to that. Oh, I just cannot put into words how much I loathed that woman. Spiteful, jealous, and darn right dangerous. I don’t think I have ever hated an antagonist as much as I did her. If there are any witches to be found in this book, then the fingers should have been pointing her way because she has a wicked tongue condemning so dreadfully. With my hand on my heart, I can say that I absolutely despised her, which is, I guess, the reaction the author had hoped to achieve from her readers. Although there is a lovely romantic story within the pages of this novel, this is also a book that really brought to life the era, and it also demonstrated how innocent people, especially women, were condemned by vicious tongue and jealous hearts. I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was absolutely brilliant from start to finish and I think it is one that I will certainly come back to—I just need to buy some shares in Kleenex first! * I recieved a copy of this book from the author for review consideraion.

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