Wednesday, April 29, 2015
New Review: Cordia Byers’ HEATHER – Treachery and Betrayal in the time of Charles II
My last classic for the month is one from the late 70s, the first book of a great author of historical romances.
This is the story of Heather, a girl of low birth, born in the time of Cromwell and living in the time of Charles II. It begins in 1650 when her mother, a simple but chaste young woman, is raped by some ruffians in Cromwell’s army. Heather, the daughter she gave birth to from that horrible night, became the joy of her life—her only joy. Ellen fled to London where no one would know of her tragedy only to fall under the coach of the Marquis de la Dunban when Heather was two. Heather became the ward and servant of the marquis to be raised with his son, David.
Heather grows into a beautiful young woman, educated with David, who she comes to love. But one of David’s friends, Captain Nicholas Guyon, lusts after Heather and decides he will have her for his mistress. It seems a keyword of this story is betrayal. Guyon betrays the marquis, Heather is betrayed by them all and survives many tragedies and, dare I say it, more than one rape. Byer keeps you turning pages wanting to know just how it will come out. But what Heather suffers in the Tower of London was, I have to say it, over the top.
All comes out in the end because this is romance but oh my, the ride is a rough one.