It’s 1714 Great Britain, and a rebellion is brewing.
James Stuart lives in exile, and George of the German House of Hannover is about to ascend the throne. Jenna’s family, Scottish stonemasons, are Jacobites secretly working to return James to the throne in accordance with the divine right of kings. Alex, Lord Pembroke, has a duty to support George I’s government as inheritor of his father’s seat in the House of Lords. His father, the Duke of Keswick, has hired the masons to build a garrison to imprison and execute Jacobites—but Jenna’s family has other plans for the structure: to aid the rebellion. Jenna and Alex inevitably meet and fall in love, but if Alex discovers Jenna’s secret, her life, and those of her family, will be forfeit. Third-person narration alternates between Jenna and Alex, but it’s Jenna’s freethinking that will pull readers in. Her most prized possession is a copy of Newton’s Principia; she’s been taught to speak the King’s English rather than with the broad Scottish accent of her family; and she has the freedom to choose her life’s path during a time when women had very few choices. The cast, unsurprisingly, is an all-white one.
An intriguing exploration of the intersection of politics, religion, and customs of the period—historical fiction at its best. (Historical fiction. 13-18)