Friday, 19 September 2014

Salvation by Harriet Steel

Reviewer: Liza Perrat, author of Spirit of Lost Angels and Wolfsangel

What we thought: Set in the late 1500s, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1, Salvation brings to life the sights, sounds and smells of Elizabethan England in evocative detail.

Aspiring playwright, Tom Goodluck is having an affair with the wealthy, and married, Meg Stuckton, but when Tom is charged with his employer’s murder, he must flee both his hometown of Salisbury, and his love. Meg’s husband discovers the affair, so she too, is forced to flee, and the narrative then follows the respective adventures of Tom and Meg as they struggle to survive the harsh realities of Elizabethan England.

Tom meets the Huguenot spy for the Queen, Alexandre Lamotte, who puts on Tom’s play, but leads them both into grave danger. Meanwhile, in an exciting fast-paced narrative, Meg struggles along her own journey fraught with danger and strife.

As with all good historical fiction, I enjoyed learning about Elizabethan times: the theatres and actors, the persecution of the Catholics, the tensions between England and Spain, and the brutalities of being poor.

Salvation has everything: murder and spies, war and drama, illicit love and longing, and I would highly recommend this to lovers of good historical fiction.

You’ll enjoy this if you like: fast-paced tales involving intrigue, romance, spies and war

Avoid if you don’t like: Elizabethan England

Ideal accompaniments: goblet of mulled wine

Genre: Historical Fiction

Available from Amazon

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