Review published on June 14, 2017.
This very readable novel is based on a true life family history uncovered by the author.
It is set in 1641 in London where there is unrest and treachery in Parliament as the excesses of monarch Charles I come under attack from Oliver Cromwell’s New Model Army.
Brother and sister, Nick and Anne Press, live on Horn Church Farm (in Essex) where they work with their father Nicholas Press producing seditious pamphlets on an illegal printing press. Taking them into the City, Nick and Anne witness the cruelty of their landowners’s son Rupert Owen and rescue young Peppy who the family then adopt.
Written from an American perspective the factual history is well linked into the fictional family saga. Each happy turn seems destined to end in disaster particularly for Anne- who is portrayed as a feisty young women well beyond her time. There are good descriptions of the religious and political intrigue and of London itself in the 17th century. Sometimes the author includes ‘real’ characters from the era into the story such as John Bunyan and John Milton.
Overall, it flows very well and is the first of a trilogy, with The Foundation and The Legacy to follow should you become intrigued by the characters and their adventures.
A good personal read and one book clubs will enjoy.
Philipa Coughlan 4/3
The Heritage by D.J. Presson
9781543107906 pbk May 2017
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