Friday, May 25, 2018

Yours, Dorothy by E.B. Wheeler

It is said that the course of true love never runs smoothly. Read why it was true for William & Dorothy.
Book Details:

Book Title: Yours, Dorothy by E.B. Wheeler
Category: Adult Fiction, 370 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Rowan Ridge Press
Release date: March 29, 2018
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

Based on a true love story from the British Civil War. Dorothy Osborne's family has sacrificed everything for King Charles of England, living in exile in France after the king's defeat by Parliament. Dorothy knows it is her duty to marry well and help her family, which means finding a wealthy suitor: Royalist, or maybe French, but never a Parliamentarian, and not someone of her own choosing. William Temple struggles to commit to his father's Parliamentarian cause, making his family wonder if he'll ever commit to anything. William wonders too, until he meets Dorothy Osborne. The connection between them is undeniable, but their families will go to any length to keep them apart. Can their love survive separation and the upheavals of the British Civil War?


My Review
Reviewed by Sandra Olshaski

I had never heard of either Dorothy Osborne or William Temple prior to reading this book. Meeting new historical people is always interesting to me. In this excellent historical fiction of people who lived over 400 years ago, the author has successfully brought them to life and "fleshed" them out.

The events portrayed took place in England circa 1645 and onward. The country was in the midst of a civil war – Royalists against Parliamentarians. Dorothy came from a Royalist family, that is, they supported King Charles Stuart, while William's family supported the other side. This beautiful love story has as its backdrop very tumultuous times, including regicide – the murder of a King.

Both Dorothy and William are being pressured by their families to marry "suitably and fulfill your duties" – that is someone with money and an estate, so, not each other.  It's difficult to imagine in today's world that it was almost unheard of, even scandalous to marry for love. Money, land, and prominence ruled the day.  I enjoyed their very real love story that is gleaned from portions of their letters of 1652-54, formal letters as was the style of the day.
Other historical characters such as Oliver Cromwell, and Jonathan Swift make appearances, adding to the authenticity, as do the hobbies, the customs,  the clothes, the pastoral scenes, the scenes in London, the hairstyles for men – long curly locks for the Royalists and short, blunt cuts for the Roundheads, the Puritans, who ruled Parliament.

The setting and the people were so compelling that the story kept me entertained right to the end. This is a thoroughly readable historical fiction that has at its heart steadfast love.


Sandra Olshaski's disclosure:: Thanks to the author for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.

About the Author:
E.B. Wheeler attended BYU, majoring in history with an English minor, and earned graduate degrees in history and landscape architecture from Utah State University. She's the award-winning author of THE HAUNTING OF SPRINGETT HALL, Whitney Award finalist BORN TO TREASON, NO PEACE WITH THE DAWN (with Jeffery Bateman), and YOURS, DOROTHY, as well as several short stories, magazine articles, and scripts for educational software programs. She was named the 2016 Writer of the Year by the League of Utah Writers. In addition to writing, she consults about historic preservation and teaches history at USU.

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1 comment :

  1. This sounds very good, I enjoy historical fiction. I hadn't heard of Dorothy Osborne or William Temple, interesting.


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