Release day: Charity’s Cavalier
Today is the official release of Charity’s Cavalier by Isabella Hargreaves (ebook, self-published). Here’s the blurb:
In a nation divided, two enemies are united.
Widowed during the Battle of Worcester, Puritan woman Charity Goodwyn, dares to dream of an independent life, living with her aunt, unbeholden to men. Sir Edward Lovelace, a Royalist, gravely wounded in the same battle, wants to live to serve his king again. Charity’s only way to safely reach her aunt is to take the Cavalier with her, disguised as her husband, and helping him escape the Parliamentarian forces. What happens when Sir Edward unexpectedly recovers, surprises and endangers them both.
Isabella dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:
When considering writing this novella, set during the English Civil Wars, I knew it would be an enemies-to-lovers’ trope, but where and when during those nine turbulent years should my story take place? How would my hero and heroine from opposite sides of politics and religion, and different social and economic backgrounds, find each other, overcome their differences and fall in love? The last battle of the English Civil Wars was fought at Worcester on 3 September 1651 after Charles Stuart (later Charles II) led a mainly Scottish army into England hoping to rally forces against Cromwell and his New Model Army. It was a terrible defeat for the Royalists – with about three thousand dying compared with approximately three hundred of the Parliamentarian army. Charles Stuart escaped and spent weeks in hiding, sheltered by loyal subjects, until he finally sailed to France from Shoreham-on-Sea on the south coast on 15 October. My hero, Sir Edward Lovelace, however, owed his escape to one Puritan woman, Charity Goodwyn, who found him injured on the blood-soaked battlefield. Where to set my story after the Battle of Worcester? One of my favourite places in England, is the New Forest on the south coast, so it wasn’t a hard decision to set much of the story in those beautiful surroundings. I hope you enjoy this action-romance, which shows that reconciliation, as well as love, are possible despite divergent beliefs and backgrounds.