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Book Review-Mask of Duplicity (The Jacobite Chronicles Book 1) -Julia Brannan

Monday, January 29, 2018


This is definitely a series and an author I am going to be keeping an eye on. What a wonderful historical novel and romance. The romance was anything but smooth as our head strong heroine, Beth, was not about to be coerced into a marriage just because her brother needed money! He had been gone for 3 years and besides he really was not a nice person and THAT is putting it mildly!

He bullies her into leaving her home-which he thinks is his now-and they go to stay with some relations who haven't spoken to them in years. Bored out of her mind she decides to go shopping--she climbs out her window and is having a marvelous day until --can't tell you!!

One person keeps showing up--to all the ladies teas etc--he was a real gossiper, popinjay and Beth took an almost instant dislike to him. However he always seems to be there to save her.

The ending will have you gasping at first, then smiling--but I was left with a question. Guess I will have to read the 2nd book in this series to find out!


About the Book: (from Amazon)

Awarded an IndieBRAG Gold Medallion
Received a Discovered Diamond review, and Awarded Cover of the Month
Awarded Book of the Month by Chill With A Book Readers' Award.
#2 - Best 1700s Historical Fiction (Listopia)


Following the death of their father, Beth's brother Richard returns from the army to claim his share of the family estate. However, Beth's hopes of a quiet life are dashed when Richard, dissatisfied with his meagre inheritance and desperate for promotion, decides to force her into a marriage for his military gain. And he will stop at nothing to get his way.

Beth is coerced into a reconciliation with her noble cousins in order to marry well and escape her brutal brother. She is then thrown into the glittering social whirl of Georgian high society and struggles to conform. The effeminate but witty socialite Sir Anthony Peters offers to ease her passage into society and she is soon besieged by suitors eager to get their hands on her considerable dowry. Beth, however, wants love and passion for herself, and to break free from the artificial life she is growing to hate. She finds herself plunged into a world where nothing is as it seems and everyone hides behind a mask. Can she trust the people professing to care for her?

The first in the series about the fascinating lives of beautiful Beth Cunningham, her family and friends during the tempestuous days leading up to the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745, which attempted to overthrow the Hanoverian King George II and restore the Stuarts to the British throne.

Join the rebellion of one woman and her fight for survival in...

The Jacobite Chronicles.


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About the Author: (from Amazon)


Julia has been a voracious reader since childhood, using books to escape the miseries of a turbulent adolescence. After leaving university with a degree in English Language and Literature, she spent her twenties trying to be a sensible and responsible person, even going so far as to work for the Civil Service. The book escape came in very useful there too.
And then she gave up trying to conform and resolved to spend the rest of her life living as she wanted to, not as others would like her to. She has since had a variety of jobs, including telesales, teaching and gilding and is currently a transcriber, copy editor and proofreader. In her spare time she is still a voracious reader, and enjoys keeping fit and travelling the world. Life hasn’t always been good, but it has rarely been boring. She lives in rural Wales with her cat Constantine, and her wonderful partner sensibly lives four miles away in the next village.

In 2014 she decided that rather than just escape into other people’s books, she would actually like to create some of her own, in the hopes that people would enjoy reading them as much as she does writing them. It seems that they do, and she has now published several historical novels, and has also branched out into contemporary fiction too.

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9 comments :

Gladys Parker said...

This book is right up my alley! I can't wait to read it and the rest of the series. I hope her brother gets his just dessert. I could not imagine marrying for wealth, although so many did back then.

Julia Brannan said...

Thank you so much for taking the time to read and review my book! I'm glad you enjoyed it. I really appreciate your lovely comments!

Roma Sars said...

Loved this series! Such an amazing read for fans of Scotland during the Jacobite period. I have enjoyed all 5 books and am looking forward to the 6th.

Jamie Tomkins said...

Sounds like an interesting story. I can't wait until I get more time to be able to enjoy books like I used to. :)

Anonymous said...

I devoured all 5 books in the series. I am now eagerly awaiting book number 6. Thanks Julia for taking us on this incredible world of the highlanders.

Lauryn Rescoe said...

Sounds like a very interesting and fun read! Thank you so much for your review. :)

Ashley Chassereau Parks said...

This sounds like an interesting story. I love good books that have some kind of historical background or invoke a vintage feel. Sounds like it would be worth a read for sure!

Linda Linneman said...

I have never read any of this authors books before. This one sounds great. I will have to check this out. Thank you so much for sharing

Jessica said...

I love this entire series!! I came upon the first by chance and quickly made my way through the series! I am reading through it again in hopes that book 6 will be out by the time I get to it. This series has everything from intrigue and suspense to romance and friendship not to mention the historical information that brings to life the time period! I am very particular about my reading and this is my new favorite series!

 
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