A Pledge of Better Times
by Margaret Porter
A sweeping tale of ambition, treachery, and passion incorporating 17th century historical figures, royalty, and events.
For generations Lady Diana de Vere’s family loyally served England’s crown. But after King Charles II’s untimely death, her father firmly opposes James II’s tyranny. Charles Beauclerk, Duke of St. Albans—the late king’s bastard son by actress Nell Gwyn—also rebels against his newly crowned uncle’s manipulation.
Political and religious turmoil bring revolution and yet another coronation before Charles returns to from war to claim his promised bride. As companion to Queen Mary Stuart, Diana has followed her de Vere forbears into royal service. She expects Charles to abandon his military career after marriage, but he proves unwilling to join the ranks of the courtiers he despises and mistrusts.
In palace corridors and within their own household the young duke and duchess confront betrayals, scandals, and tragedies that threaten to divide them. And neither the privileges of birth nor proximity to the throne can ensure their security, their advancement—or their happiness.
Includes Book Group Discussion Guide.
Publication Date: April 14, 2015
Publisher: Gallica Press
Formats: eBook, Paperback
Genre: Historical Fiction
A Reader's Opinion
A Pledge of Better Times offers a wealth of passion and intrigue surrounded by the history of the 17th and 18th centuries. Diana is a complex heroine who lures the reader into her fascinating world, refusing to relinquish her hold. Margaret Porter weaves history and imagination together with such ease, the reader is able to follow the story through the years, almost without realizing it you've been swept away. There is so much to this book—such great detail—and I highly recommend it to fans of historical fiction.
Book Source: From the publisher
Format Read: Paperback