On July 30, 3023, my latest novel, Betrayal of Trust, was released. This book contains the story that started me on my journey to authorhood (although I don’t think that is a real word).
While my first book, Token of Betrayal, could in no way be considered a romance, Betrayal of Trust, while filled the treachery and political intrigue that marked the era, is at its heart a love story. Over the several millennium of human existence, few romances are celebrated and kept alive in our collective memory. Think Cleopatra and Mark Anthony, Samson and Delilah, Paris and Helen of Troy. I searched for a book about the love story between Philippe and Margaret but could not find one. It saddened me to think that this amazing true tale of love, bravery, and courage could be lost forever to history.
What makes their story amazing? Well, what would you do for love? King Edward VIII gave up the English throne to marry Wallis Simpson. What of Philippe and Margaret? I won’t divulge what happens in my book because that would be an enormous spoiler. Let’s just say it’s been described by reviewers as monumental and cinematically penned. And while it was years before I put pen to paper, or more truthfully sat down in front of my computer, theirs was a story I could not forget.
What would you do for love?
15th century. England devolves into chaos as two families fight over the throne during the Wars of the Roses, and the repercussions spill over onto the Isle of Jersey. In an era when shifting alliances and acts of treason are commonplace, three lives become entangled in a web of love, deceit, and revenge.
Meet Philippe de Carteret, an insecure young man, thrust into his ancestral role as the island’s premier seigneur. He inherits a manor in ruins with no means to pay for the repairs.
Add Clement Le Hardy, embittered by the loss of his heritage. He vows to reclaim his rightful legacy and exact retribution on Philippe for his misfortunes.
Enter Margaret Harleston, a headstrong maiden, with powerful connections and a substantial dowry. Determined to forge her own path, she rebels against societal constraints.
This gripping tale, based on real people and true events, takes readers on a page-turning journey from the windswept cliffs of Jersey to the gritty streets of London, culminating in a real-life feat of bravery that is still celebrated on the Isle of Jersey today.
But enough of me gushing about my own book. I want to share what ARC readers say about my book.
“I liked both Margaret’s character and Philippe’s. Her, because she was intelligent and educated and athletic while still being sensitive and vulnerable. . .So she wasn’t an unrealistic super buff Mary Sue to be a strong woman. . . Philippe was kind and honorable but not an over the top super sensitive man right away, he had to work through his wounded pride and learn to trust Margaret. I liked how he was thoughtful but not a show-off, and not seeking power . . . He seemed more contemplative and perhaps awkward at first . . . And he isn’t corrupt or sleazy but does seem to have a sense that there’s a time to make intelligent concessions and not go down as a martyr.” ~ Cristina D.
“So many spots I just couldn’t stop reading. Exciting! Suspenseful! Romantic! Well done.” ~ Laureen
The Saga Continues
Although Betrayal of Trust is Book 2 of my Roses & Rebels series, it can be read as a stand-alone. But if you want to start at the beginning of this epic saga, Token of Betrayal includes the coming-of-age story of one of my main characters, Philippe. It also includes the fascinating history of the French Occupation of the Isle of Jersey during the 15th century. A third book is planned for the series although it is still in its infancy stage. Book 3 will delve into life in England and on the Isle of Jersey during the 16th century under the House of Tudor and the Reformation.
Betrayal of Trust is currently available on Amazon in paperback, eBook, and on KindleUnlimited for a limited time. Token of Betrayal is available at your favorite retailers. Betrayal of Trust will be more widely distributed before the end of the year.
I hope you read it, enjoy it, and let me know your thoughts.
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C.V. Lee writes historical biographical fiction featuring forgotten heroes and heroines of the past. She is a member of the Historical Novel Society, Alli, and a founding member of Paper Lantern Writers. You can find her on Facebook @cvlee.histficwriter and on Instagram @cvleewriter.