Book Review: The Honourable life of Thomas Chayne by Cynthia Jefferies

Genre: Historical fiction

Publisher: Allison and Busby

Pub date: 21 November 2019

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟

I read The Outrageous Fortune of Abel Morgan by Cynthia Jefferies in June and quite enjoyed it as an easy read so when I saw this one come up with an opportunity to review I thought I’d give it a try.

This one is set in England during the time of Charles I and the war between the royalists and the parliamentarians under Oliver Cromwell.

Thomas Chayne is the eldest son of Sir Thomas Chayne who is a respected member of the King’s party.

Thomas yearns to be a scholar but neither his dislikeable father or war make it easy.

I don’t want to say too much as I don’t like giving the story away but there is heartbreak, loss and an incredible friendship in this book. The characters develop very well and I loved Thomas and Richard, his best friend. I found Thomas’ mother to be a valuable character to the story regardless of how much I dislike her husband.

I enjoyed this more than the previous book as it was pretty fast paced and uncovered what it must have been like to family on opposite sides of the war.

This is ideal as an easy to read book and I finished it within a couple of days.

Thank you to NetGalley and Allison and Busby for the opportunity to read this in exchange for my review.

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