by E.B. Wheeler
Publication Date May 1, 2018
Genres: Clean Romance, Historical Fiction, Biographical Fiction
Setting: England English Civil War - UK - 1642-1651
Main Character Ages: 18-24, 25-34
Written for: Adults
Based on a true love story from the British Civil War.
Dorothy Osborne's family has sacrificed everything for King Charles of England, living in exile in France after the king's defeat by Parliament. Dorothy knows it is her duty to marry well and help her family, which means finding a wealthy suitor: Royalist, or maybe French, but never a Parliamentarian, and not someone of her own choosing.
William Temple struggles to commit to his father's Parliamentarian cause, making his family wonder if he'll ever commit to anything. William wonders too, until he meets Dorothy Osborne. The connection between them is instant, but their families will go to any length to keep them apart. Can their love survive separation and the upheavals of the British Civil War?
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Yours, Dorothy was steeped in history and filled with phrases and references to customs that were new to me. I have not read many books that take place during this time when Oliver Cromwell and the Roundheads (aka Puritans) had control of Parliament and the government. The fact that Dorothy and her family were Royalists added perspective I don’t remember getting from books from this era.
Personally, I think it is a brave thing for an author to base her fiction on historical figures as anyone who wants can research them and tell the author why they portrayed them incorrectly. Secondary characters and those in the background, sure, those would be easier. Author E.B. Wheeler breathed life into William Temple and Dorothy Osborne, real people who have, apparently, scads of information about their lives available to researchers. Theirs is a beautiful love story from a time when it was unfashionable, even scandalous, to marry for love.
Using fragments from actual letters that passed between this couple was a great idea. Just the right amount shared from them kept it interesting.
The struggles Dorothy experienced, not only because of her overbearing brother Harry but also from the loss of fortune due to their political stance, were touching and made very evident. It is hard to picture in our present day that there was once a time when affording paper to write a short letter was a luxury. It is equally difficult in our society imagine a woman would have so much pressure put upon her to marry for the sake of her family.
If you enjoy historical fiction with a more serious yet hopeful tone, this is a book you should be sure to read.
Interview with William Temple
What is your greatest strength?
For much of my life, I might have said I wasn’t sure, but now I believe my stubbornness and passion are great assets.
What motivates you?
Mostly Dorothy. Seriously, though, I feel happiest when I’m active – when I have a noble cause to work towards.
How would you describe yourself?
Handsome and brilliant with the soul of a poet. Maybe that’s why some people have accused me of being arrogant?
What is your greatest fear?
I’m afraid of failing – of letting down the people I love.
What makes you smile/laugh?
I try to find the humor in whatever situation I’m in. The war has been hard on England, and we sometimes have to choose between laughing or crying.
What is your most treasured possession?
Dorothy’s letters and my books.
What is it about Dorothy that attracted you to her?
She has beautiful eyes that reflect her strength and intelligence, but it was when I saw how brave she was – willing to sacrifice herself to protect her family – that I felt I had to know her better.
If you could accomplish just one thing in your lifetime, what would that be?
I would like to help everyone understand that there are better methods than war to resolve differences in politics and religion. To help us all learn to live in peace with those differences.
Please visit the post with the interview of author E. B. Wheeler for a giveaway of this book.