Saturday, May 5, 2012

Hearts Restored by Prue Phillipson



What can a young man of fifteen do when he is told by his mother that the three cousins he is about to meet all want to marry him?

Daniel Wilson Horden has arrived in London with his parents from their home in Northumberland on the very day of King Charles II’s triumphant return to his capital. Receiving his own personal wave from the king, Daniel longs only to serve him, but first he must keep at bay the threat of marriage.

His two French cousins are adamant in their pursuit of him, but Daniel is intrigued by his English cousin, Eunice, whose Puritan father snatches her away from the reunion celebrations. Unaware that his gallant attempt to save her has endeared him to her, Daniel only just escapes the marriage trap which his younger French cousin lays for him and is sent off to study at Cambridge University.

Once she returns to her father’s home, Eunice is condemned to a life of austerity. Heart-sick, she is assured by her grandmother that Daniel will come for her when he graduates from university.

But, unaware of his cousin’s feelings for him, Daniel goes off to join the navy only to find that fighting in the king’s service is not as glorious as he had imagined.

While the navy suffers at sea, London passes through plague and fire.

Will Eunice survive the hardship? And will Daniel return to fulfil the promise in his eyes on that fateful day in London?

About the Author:

Prue was born and reared in Newcastle upon Tyne in northern England. Prue enjoyed writing historical novels from an early age. She trained as a teacher, taught full time for four years and was a freelance writer during this time.  She took a correspondence course in creative writing and honed her craft. She is married and has reared five children. Her current occupation is writing articles, short stories and novels.

Review:

Hearts Restored by historical fiction author Prue Phillipson is an enchanting tale set in 17th century England.

Daniel Horden is nearly 16 years old, and already, his family is looking for a suitable bride for him. Although his parents would prefer to have him marry for love, making a suitable match is more important, for Daniel will be inheriting a title. They take him to London where he is introduced to three female cousins close to his own age as possible prospects. Daniel does not wish to marry. Rather, he dreams of joining the Royal Navy in service to King Charles. But as per his father’s wishes, he enters university and tries to forestall any attempts to get him to marry.

One of the three cousins he meets is Eunice whose father is a strict Puritan. Conflict occurs at his disapproval of the extravagant lifestyle of Daniel and her other two cousins. And it is with Eunice that Daniel is most drawn to.

I enjoyed the contrast made between Daniel’s wealth and Eunice’s austerity. It definitely added interest to the tale as the characters faced adversity through war, the plague, and the Great Fire. At times, the characters were a little placid, but nevertheless, believable and endearing. The story is full of wonderful historical details. For those who enjoy family drama with a little less emphasis on romance, you will enjoy this fine novel. 

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