Published: 28/04/2016
ISBN: 9781785891281
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Judith spent her childhood in Lincolnshire and went to Art College in Leicester before moving to Sussex, where she still lives. Her love of the seventeenth century began at the same time and it has ne... read more

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High Heatherton
by Judith Thomson

Giles knew Monmouth to be a fine commander, for he had served under the Duke when they had fought against the Covenanters at Bothwell Brig, but Giles also knew that Monmouth was no match for the wily Shaftesbury.

Philip Devalle, the younger son of an earl, is left penniless when his family estate, High Heatherton, is inherited by his older brother who is declared insane and locked away in Bedlam. When Philip leaves the French army and returns to England he has only one aim – to acquire High Heatherton for himself.

Lord Shaftesbury, an old associate of Devalle’s and a prolific schemer, promises to use his influence with the courts to help him get High Heatherton back. But Shaftesbury’s help comes at a hefty price. He wants Philip to lead a daring plot – a plot to place King Charles’ illegitimate son, the Duke of Monmouth, who Shaftesbury can easily manipulate, on the throne.

Philip has enemies in England, enemies who would be only too pleased to see him fail, but he knows to tread carefully if he is to avoid being tried for treason. All too soon Philip fears that he has got himself in too deep and has set in motion a plan that he is unable to stop. It’s a dangerous game that Philip is forced to play, one which could cost him everything, including his life...

Full of intrigue and inspired by authors such as Bernard Cornwell and Simon Scarrow, High Heatherton will appeal to those who enjoy historical fiction, as well as fans of Judith’s previous novels Designs of a Gentleman: The Early Years and Designs of a Gentleman: The Darker Years.

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'High Heatherton' was published in April 2016. Judith's previous novels, 'Designs of a Gentleman - The Early Years' and 'Designs of a Gentleman - The Darker Years' are also available in both paperback and Kindle from Amazon.The fourth book in the series, 'The Orange Autumn', was published by Matador in April 2017 and follows the further adventures of Philip Devalle, as he plays his part in the 'Glorious Revolution' which placed William of Orange on the throne of England. Her latest novel, 'The Distant Hills', which is the fifth in the series, is due out in April 2018.



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ByEmma Newellon 6 August 2017
Format: Paperback
Awsome novel! This authors work shows further depth in her story telling with new aspects to her characters personalities and attention to detail in her history. This the 4th novel I have reason is this series and it keeps getting better. An enlightening view of the history of William of Orange, I have learned a lot and enjoyed the adventures of the fictional characters weaved into this important part of history. The lead character Philip as always has my total and utter support!!!


5.0 out of 5 stars17th Century Bliss
ByISBNRevieweron 25 April 2016
Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have loved this book from start to finish. Judith's style is a pleasure to read. The plot and characters are so well written that I couldn't put High Heatherton down - and now can't wait for her next book.

ByDavid Lintonbonon 4 April 2016
Format: Paperback
England was at times a turbulent place to live in the 17th century, as the religion of the country still played a huge part, according to who was on the throne. In this case the tug of war is between Catholic King James largely hostile protestant nobility plotting to over throw him and place Charles’s illegitimate son the Duke of Monmouth on the throne, with our hero Phillip and the people of the country torn apart within their own families.
I found this book full of suspense, intrigue, plots and counter plots, clarified much of how the ordinary people were affected at this time, through the plain words of matter-of-fact Phillip, a minor wronged noble through and through. His distress revolves around being used as a pawn in the Monmouth rebellion and those who faced the end of their traditional way of life. While at the same time trying to secure his rightful inheritance his family home High Heatherton. All of which makes for an epic page turning read.
Phillip is made of tough stuff, and in one sense he manages to make good out of disaster. Of course the fate of Monmouth and his followers isn't so bright, but they were trapped in a no-win situation.
This a great novel for anyone who is a fan of the 17th century, or human relationships, and I'll be reading it again.

5.0 out of 5 starsA good read for fans of historical fiction
ByMaryon 30 March 2016
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
This book is about Philip Devalle, who is the hero of Judith Thomson's earlier books. Because it contains further adventures in his life, I could have read it as a standalone novel, although I have read the previous book.
The book is engaging from the start, and I was immediately drawn into the story. Without wishing to give any clues to the content, so as not to spoil the read, I will say that the book contained a number of situations that kept me reading on, just to see what would happen next. I got engaged with the characters and hooked by the suspense. I was reluctant to put the book down.
I enjoyed the novel and found it a compulsive page turner. The book is set in seventeenth century England and France, and it was very well researched. I enjoyed the details of everyday life and dress in particular, and the portrayals of Louis, the Sun King, and Charles II. The characters are very real and the book is a good read for fans of historical fiction.

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This book is about Philip Devalle, who is the hero of Judith Thomson's earlier books. Because it contains further adventures in his life, I could have read it as a standalone novel, although I have read the previous book.
The book is engaging from the start, and I was immediately drawn into the story. Without wishing to give any clues to the content, so as not to spoil the read, I will say that the book contained a number of situations that kept me reading on, just to see what would happen next. I got engaged with the characters and hooked by the suspense. I was reluctant to put the book down.
I enjoyed the novel and found it a compulsive page turner. The book is set in seventeenth century England and France, and it was very well researched. I enjoyed the details of everyday life and dress in particular, and the portrayals of Louis, the Sun King, and Charles II. The characters are very real and the book is a good read for fans of historical fiction.

by Mary


 

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