Published by Headline on May 7, 2015
Genres: Fiction, Historical
Format: E-Arc, Paperback
Source: Netgalley, Publisher
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1648. Orphaned heiress Lady Katherine Ferrers is forced into marriage for the sake of family honour... But with Cromwell's army bringing England to its knees, her fortune is the real prize her husband desires. As her marriage becomes a prison and her privileged world crumbles, Katherine meets her match in Rafe - a lover who will lead her into a dangerous new way of life where the threat of death lurks at every turn...
Enter Kate Ferrers, highwaywoman, the Wicked Lady of legend - brought gloriously to life in this tale of infatuation, betrayal and survival.
The Silvered Heart had me hooked from the beginning. So much so that I had to stay up until the early hours in the morning to finish it. The story flows beautifully creating an atmospheric and intense read.
Katherine is a complex character. At times she seems selfish and self-absorbed but at other times it is clear she is hard-working and fiercely loyal. She is a character that I could admire and dislike at the same time. But I felt I had an understanding with her and could relate to her. One character I wished we could have known more about was Martha Coppin as she seemed to have a lot of influence over Katherine, but as a secondary character the background isn’t really necessary.
My only complaint with this book is that it took so long to get to the highway robbery bit. I was nearly half-way through the book. Well it’s not really a complaint because this book is fantastic and it was fascinating to see what turned Katherine into becoming a highway robber.
I enjoyed the fact that the history of the time was thrown into the story. It wasn’t overwhelming – instead it helped to support the story and explain the times. I never really enjoyed history lessons as a child so it is nice to now learn more about our history from stories and to get more of an understanding. The author manages to make the story all-engrossing while giving you a fabulous history lesson. In fact the lesson is so good that you will leave this book wanting to know more about the period.
The Silvered Heart is a story that is filled with twists and turns, romance and betrayals as well as a few highway robberies. It is an effortless blend of historical fact and fiction. A book that will keep you hooked and one that should definitely be on your reading list.