Book review: Nancy Jardine, The Beltane Choice

The Beltane Choice

The Beltane Choice, The - Nancy Jardine

The Beltane Choice

AD 71 Northern Roman Britain
Lorcan of the Brigantes knows that unity of the northern tribes is essential when the Ancient Roman legions advance northwards to Brigantia. Yet, everything comes at a price. Using his captive, Nara, as a political bargain with the Selgovae comes with impossible stipulations. Battle at Whorl – Iron Age tribes against the Romans – is inevitable.

Will Nara have her Beltane choice?

The adventures of the Garrigill Clan begin…

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I first ‘met’ Lorcan and Nara a couple of years ago, when Nancy was one of the first of my fellow Crooked Cat writers I met in York, and it’s been great getting to know them again for this blog tour. I could remember certain points of the plot, but not the full detail, and I loved rediscovering the recently-revised version.

We first encounter Nara in a tricky situation, including a very angry wild boar and a tree, but the arrival of Lorcan is not entirely welcome for her, with their tribes being enemies, recently refreshed over a fresh clash. There is something between the two of them, but there are complications in each of their lives, not to mention the small matter of Roman soldiers advancing north towards them at any time. With personal and political upheaval surrounding them, Lorcan has a plan to bring peace to the warring Celtic tribes, but this itself comes with new problems for both him and Nara, as attraction has started to build.

Set against real events in Roman / Celtic Britain, the world is expertly brought to life with the author’s research, capturing the issues of tribes not only being at war with invading Romans, but also between themselves. The descriptions of villages, clothing, roundhouses and rituals are wonderful, bringing you into the heart of the story.

I know this is the first of four, and although I can remember some of the plot, I cannot wait to dive into the rest of the series!

About Nancy


Nancy Jardine writes historical fiction; time-travel historical adventure; contemporary mystery thrillers; and romantic comedy. She lives in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, where life is never quiet or boring since she regularly child minds her young grandchildren who happen to be her next-door neighbours. Her garden is often creatively managed by them, though she does all the work! Her husband is a fantastic purveyor of coffee and tea…excellent food and wine! (Restorative, of course)

A member of the Historical Novel Society; Scottish Association of Writers; Federation of Writers Scotland; Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Independent Alliance of Authors, her work has achieved finalist status in UK competitions.

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