Troubador High Heatherton

Released: 28/04/2016

ISBN: 9781785891281

eISBN: 9781785895111

Format: Paperback/eBook

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High Heatherton


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.

Flowers of Languedoc, the 6th book in the Philip Devalle series is now being published and will be out soon!

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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

''Well-developed supporting characters''

I received this book from Net Galley in return for an unbiased review. This was a thoroughly enjoyable book of a fictionalized account of the Rye House plot to kill King Charles II. Phillip Devalle is the central character will do anything to gain ownership of his family home, High Heatherton. Sent home from France after the war, Phillip sells his soul to the devil, agreeing to put together a plot to kill the king, and regain title to his home. Well-developed supporting characters keep the story interesting.

by By Deborah Crain

By E Vikander '' It is 1681 in post-restoration England, religious turmoil still roils the people. Lord Philip Devalle, an Englishman serving in the French army under King Louis XIV, is abruptly retired by the King due to envy of his popularity and is told to serve the King at Versailles. Poor reward for a man of action. Philip is persuaded by Lord Shaftesbury to come to England into his service. In turn, Shaftesbury will ensure that Philip inherits High Heatherton—his family home that is held by his insane brother who is committed to Bedlam—if he disposes the King of England (Charles II) and puts the King’s son Monmouth on the throne. What follows is a series of treasonous schemes and fluctuating loyalties in this thoroughly enjoyable tale of a fictionalized version of the Rye House Plot. Devalle is a hero that everyone would admire. Thomson sweetens the story with endearing supporting characters. This is a fast read with lovely, flowing writing style, and a quick moving plot.

by By E Vikander

Judith Thomson

Brought up in Lincolnshire, Judith studied Art in Leicester before moving to Sussex, where she still lives.

She is passionate about the seventeenth century and has gained much inspiration from visits to Paris and Versailles. She has written several stories based around actual events of the period, set in both England and France, and following the lives of some of the same characters.

She likes to paint, enjoys boating on the French canals and scuba diving in the Red Sea. She has helped on a local archaeological dig and enjoys exploring the ancient landscape of Britain as well as following Native American trails in the deserts of southwest U.S.A.

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