Book review: Catherine Meyrick, Forsaking All Other

Forsaking All Other
by Catherine Meyrick

Publication Date: April 1, 2018
Courante Publishing
eBook & Print; 291 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

Love is no game for women; the price is far too high.

England 1585.

Bess Stoughton, waiting woman to the well-connected Lady Allingbourne, has discovered that her father is arranging for her to marry an elderly neighbour. Normally obedient Bess rebels and wrests from her father a year’s grace to find a husband more to her liking.

Edmund Wyard, a taciturn and scarred veteran of England’s campaign in Ireland, is attempting to ignore the pressure from his family to find a suitable wife as he prepares to join the Earl of Leicester’s army in the Netherlands.

Although Bess and Edmund are drawn to each other, they are aware that they can have nothing more than friendship. Bess knows that Edmund’s wealth and family connections place him beyond her reach. And Edmund, with his well-honed sense of duty, has never considered that he could follow his own wishes. Until now.

With England on the brink of war and fear of Catholic plots extending even into Lady Allingbourne’s household, time is running out for both of them.

You can read the first chapter here.

The beautiful cover for the novel was designed by Jennifer Quinlan of Historical Fiction Book Covers.

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I’ve read a few books from beyond my usual timeframe recently, and much as I’ve enjoyed them, it was nice with this to get back to an era I know slightly better, albeit still a bit later than I normally go for. I was immediately taken into the period; the writer captures the small, domestic details just as well as the religious and political issues of the time. I especially liked the interplay between the younger men and women of Lady Allingbourne’s household; too often, I think, these groups can be too formal, but of course there would have been flirting, teasing and, yes, out-and-out cattiness at times. How can there not have been?

There is also a great balance between what Bess wants for herself, i.e. not to marry the elderly neighbour, and the idea that a marriage based on love is not for the likes of her. It’s a concept that’s perfectly put across in this novel.

I can highly recommend this to fans of the period, and of well-written historical fiction in general.

About the Author

Catherine Meyrick is a writer of historical fiction with a particular love of Elizabethan England. Her stories weave fictional characters into the gaps within the historical record – tales of ordinary people who are very much men and women of their time, yet in so many ways not unlike ourselves.

Although she grew up in regional Victoria, Australia, she has lived all her adult life in Melbourne. She has worked as a nurse, a tax assessor and finally a librarian. She has a Master of Arts in history and is also a family history obsessive.

For more information, please visit Catherine Meyrick’s website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, June 4
Review at Broken Teepee
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Review at Impressions In Ink
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Review & Excerpt at Laura’s Interests
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Review at Donna’s Book Blog
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Friday, June 8
Review at Pursuing Stacie
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Saturday, June 9
Review at Cup of Sensibility
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Review & Excerpt at Clarissa Reads it All
Monday, June 11
Review at What Cathy Read Next
Tuesday, June 12
Feature at Historical Fiction with Spirit
Wednesday, June 13
Excerpt at Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen
Thursday, June 14
Interview at Books and Glamour
Feature at Faery Tales Are Real
Friday, June 15
Review at WS Momma Readers Nook
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Feature at Passages to the Past
Monday, June 18
Review at The Caffeinated Bibliophile


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