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There was plenty of drama and the book flowed at a fast pace that kept me immersed in the storyline. I think that this is a brilliant book for fans of historical fiction, for those who are interested in narratives that focus on English royal court life.
A vivid historical fiction, ‘Mother of the Fire’ by Nicole van Niekerk has a strong female lead, Louisa Auguste Béjart – Charles II’s illegitimate daughter. With great descriptions that really help set the scene of London and France in 1666, and vibrant characterisation that helps to further bring the narrative to life. This is a book full of adventure, drama and intrigue, Louisa is caught between her own independence, her place in society and her fathers crown. There was plenty of drama and the book flowed at a fast pace that kept me immersed in the storyline. I think that this is a brilliant book for fans of historical fiction, for those who are interested in narratives that focus on English royal court life. I enjoyed reading from the female perspective, with the mention of it being frowned upon for Louisa to be a playwright and other restrictions she faces being included was a nice additional detail. I feel the author did her research when writing this book and created a wholly believable historical fiction story that I enjoyed time travelling within. A book that I felt immersed in from the start and was able to enjoy in one sitting I would recommend ‘Mother of Fire’ and look out for similar books by this author in the future.
Charlotte Walker, A LoveReading Ambassador
In the late summer of 1666, war with the Dutch is stretching England to her limits and in the court of King Charles II impossible decisions must be made. Into this turmoil is thrown Louisa Auguste Béjart – Charles II’s illegitimate daughter. She is forced to grapple with broken promises, her own desires, and an alliance that would save the country she calls home. But when the war threatens London itself, things take a dangerous turn. On the fateful night of 2nd September 1666 the great fire of London begins and Cheapside is burning. How did it start? Who is to blame? How can the flames be tamed? And how far can the inferno’s devastation reach? The choices before Louisa are clear. She can save herself, she can save her father’s crown, or she can save the man she dare not say she loves.
|Publication date:||8th June 2021|
|Author:||Nicole van Niekerk|
|Primary Genre||Historical fiction|
Closing date: 15/08/2021