Hugh and Bess

Hugh and Bess

Book - 2007
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"A delightful novel full of chivalry, romance, and real-life terrors."
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Forced to marry Hugh le Despenser, the son and grandson of disgraced traitors, Bess de Montacute, just 13 years old, is appalled at his less-than-desirable past. Meanwhile, Hugh must give up the woman he really loves in order to marry the reluctant Bess. Far apart in age and haunted by the past, can Hugh and Bess somehow make their marriage work?

Just as walls break down and love begins to grow, the merciless plague endangers all whom the couple holds dear, threatening the life and love they have built.

Award-winning author Susan Higginbotham's impeccable research will delight avid historical fiction readers, and her enchanting characters will surely capture every reader's heart. Fans of her first novel, The Traitor's Wife, will be thrilled to find that this story follows the next generation of the Despenser family.

Publisher: Naperville, IL : Sourcebooks Landmark, c2007
ISBN: 9781402215278
Branch Call Number: HIGGINB
Characteristics: xv, 287 p. ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Hugh & Bess


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Apr 03, 2014

Touted as the next Jean Plaidy, this author doesn't even come close! Pedantic, with dumb downed prose, she makes history look like a day in the 21st century. Historical details completely lacking, Susan Higginbotham uses this only create a story based in her imagination, which is absolutely uninspired. Blah doesn't begin to describe the actual storyline, it goes more like this - blah, blah, blah. Using historical figures in a way that is highly unhistorical, I didn't find any pleasure in reading at all.

Mar 24, 2011

I like this author, and she makes her characters interesting and human. For those who enjoy historical fiction it captures the time and the place well and is an easy book to get through.

Jul 17, 2010

One of the best historical novels I have read in a long time. Beautifuly written, and if you enjoy a good romance, pick it up!

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