Troubador My Husband

Released: 28/05/2018

ISBN: 9781789013122

eISBN: 9781789011098

Format: Paperback/eBook

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My Husband

The Extraordinary History of Nicholas Brome


Inspired by real bloodstains and from detailed research comes a refreshingly different historical romance between a god-fearing woman and a known murderer


My Husband: The Extraordinary History of Nicholas Brome combines fifteenth century imagery with themes of morality and forgiveness in a historical novel that takes inspiration from a true story of love and murder. It explores the life of Nicholas Brome, a Warwickshire lord with a violent, blood-soaked past, through the soul-searching of his third wife and widow, Lettice Catesby. Their residence, Baddesley Clinton, features prominently in the novel, and still stands as a historical property people can tour today - including Nicholas’ grave where he demands to be buried standing up. An enduring punishment - but is it a just one?


When Lettice married Nicholas, 25 years her senior, she believed she knew all there was about his violent past and the murders he committed. He had pleaded to the King and the Pope for pardon and both Lettice and God had long ago forgiven him. But on his deathbed, Nicholas confesses once more and this time there can be no forgiveness. Shocked, desperate, Lettice examines all she knows of his life for an explanation: his childhood torn apart by the power struggles between Yorkists and Lancastrians, the promise and pain of his marriages, his love of family and his amends for his violent behaviour. An inspiring story of love and loyalty in the face of a very real fear of Hell.

This was a interesting and unusual book and don’t feel I can say too much about the story as it would be giving away too much. The book is full of implied questions about mortality and the nature of sin. It is very wordy and descriptive, there isn’t much real time action happening and that for me made it quite slow going. However the story was good for the most part. I’m glad I persevered with it.

by Rebecca Batley (via NetGalley)

I thoroughly enjoyed the plot, atmosphere, and characters. I would recommend the book to friends and family for their reading pleasure.

by Tammy Howard (via NetGalley)

This isn't the typical book I'm reading so I was a little bit hesitant about it! Once I started reading I couldn't put it down it was quite interesting and captivating!

by Pavlina Michou (via NetGalley)

I bought this book on a visit to Baddesley Clinton in Warwickshire, which is a charming place. When I started reading the book I thought that maybe I had made a mistake, but I persevered and I became completely captivated by the story. I am now re-reading it and recording the family details given in the story to construct a 'family tree' to give me a better grasp of the characters and the historical background against which this story is set. This book turned out to be a thoroughly worthwhile and memorable read.

by Anne Roberts

Anne Elliot

Anne Elliott now lives in Peterborough, Ontario but her roots are in the stories and history of the United Kingdom. Born in Hampshire, she lived and worked in Wales and Wiltshire before settling for sixteen years in Kenilworth, Warwickshire – the heart of England – with her husband and two daughters. Since the family’s move to Canada in 2007, she has had the opportunity for historical research and writing. She enjoys exploring the history and culture of her new country and supporting other immigrants and refugees.

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