Forsaking All Other by Catherine Meyrick Blog Tour with Personal Review :)
Forsaking All Other by Catherine Meyrick
Publication Date: April 1, 2018
eBook & Print; 291 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Love is no game for women; the price is far too high. England 1585. Bess Stoughton, waiting woman to the well-connected Lady Allingbourne, has discovered that her father is arranging for her to marry an elderly neighbour. Normally obedient Bess rebels and wrests from her father a year’s grace to find a husband more to her liking. Edmund Wyard, a taciturn and scarred veteran of England’s campaign in Ireland, is attempting to ignore the pressure from his family to find a suitable wife as he prepares to join the Earl of Leicester’s army in the Netherlands. Although Bess and Edmund are drawn to each other, they are aware that they can have nothing more than friendship. Bess knows that Edmund’s wealth and family connections place him beyond her reach. And Edmund, with his well-honed sense of duty, has never considered that he could follow his own wishes. Until now. With England on the brink of war and fear of Catholic plots extending even into Lady Allingbourne’s household, time is running out for both of them. You can read the first chapter here. The beautiful cover for the novel was designed by Jennifer Quinlan of Historical Fiction Book Covers.
***MY PERSONAL REVIEW***
I really enjoyed reading this book - I LOVED the character of Bess, she is a strong-willed, independent and yet still vulnerable woman. Her father has remarried and had more children and she loathes her stepmother but after visiting them upon the birth of their newest child, she comes to actually enjoy the company of her younger sisters, and they adore her. Of course being widowed and having lost a baby, her father now wants her to immediately remarry the man of his choosing which was normal for that time period. But Bess rails against it, she will not have it happen again, she is determined to get her way. Into the mix comes Edmund who is from a much more prominent family and they have an instant connection, even though Bess would not be considered a proper wife for him. This was a time in history when young people of good families didn't have options, they were told what to do, who to marry and were pressed upon in every way. It's relatable to today in the sense that even though we don't have arranged marriages in our society now, parents still put a lot of pressure on their children to marry well, there are still biases against people and a lot of times the children will rebel - just like Bess is doing. But the question is will Bess continue to rebel and get Edmund to do the same so they can be together? Or will they both do their expected duties to their families and marry as their parents wish? I give this book 5 stars because I love historical fiction and this was a very well researched book and the history is very true to reality. That is what makes a historical fiction book a great one. I am definitely left wanting to read more from this author!