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Token of Betrayal
Roses & Rebels
C.V. Lee
Token of Betrayal
Publish Date: December 15, 2022
Available: Paperback, Ebook

Disillusioned by war, Sir Philippe de Carteret returns home to Jersey to hang up his sword, embrace his duty as seigneur of the island’s most powerful manor, and raise his son in peace and safety.

His plans go awry when the impregnable Mont Orgueil castle falls to the French. De Carteret suspects betrayal from within. To protect the family legacy for his son, he pledges his allegiance to the new lord who governs through terror and oppression, kidnapping and murdering the island’s citizens.

Surrounded by danger, de Carteret and his family are forced to flee their ancestral home. Uncertain of who he can trust, will de Carteret take up his sword again and risk everything to free his homeland?

Based on real people and true events, “TOKEN OF BETRAYAL is an enthralling historical novel you shouldn’t miss out on…This fascinating tale…keeps you hooked from the first page to the last.” ~ Readers’ Favorite review

I loved how Lee developed an amazing cast by boldly bringing out their qualities. This, coupled with the profound depth of emotion, made it easy for me to connect and empathize with the characters.                ★★★★★Keith Mbuya for Readers’ Favorite

This gripping tale blended fact and fiction and introduced depth to an otherwise forgotten historical event.  ★★★★★Jennifer Ibiam for Readers’ Favorite

Set during the War of the Roses, Token of Betrayal is … a genuine treat for history buffs and medieval warfare aficionados. Every character has an agency that drives their motives and actions, and it makes for some compelling character drama that is delicious to consume.  ★★★★★Pikasho Deka for Readers’ Favorite

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Wow! What an exciting portrayal of an amazing historical era! C.V. Lee did her homework with her exceptional debut novel. Rather than just another story about royalty, she concentrated on the average folks who toil and love and live extraordinary lives in their own right. The story overflowed with romance, intrigue, and details that bring readers into the story–the fashion, food, and holidays. C.V. Lee’s deft writing brought me right to the manor house, the prison, the storms at sea–so much excitement! This book provides thrills, deep sighs, and keeps readers holding their breath right to the last exciting page.

This is an excellent, well-researched debut novel. I’m already looking forward to the next book in the series!  ~M.P. Smith

When the 15th-century War of the Roses spills over to Jersey, the conflicts, betrayals, secrets, and heroism seems more concentrated, more personal because all takes place on the island. That’s what makes C.V. Lee’s Token of Betrayal so compelling. No one—from Sir Philippe de Carteret and his efforts to free the island from the French to the maiden who serves as his only son’s tutor—is unaffected. Lee immerses us, viscerally, in time and place: the smell of gunpowder, the taste of peaches, the cold of the castle. Through the decade Token of Betrayal covers, de Carteret’s son, Philippe, grows from a boy to a young man, sees history unfold, and learns the difficulties and darker parts of becoming an adult. I’m looking forward to Book Two and the unfolding of Philippe’s life. ~Michal Strutin