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Eliza Redgold

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Naked: A Novel of Lady Godiva (2015) 53 exemplar, 2 recensioner
The Scandalous Suffragette (2019) 13 exemplar, 1 recension
1066 Turned Upside Down: Alternative fiction stories by nine authors (2016) — Bidragsgivare — 11 exemplar, 2 recensioner
The Master's New Governess (2020) 7 exemplar
Enticing Benedict Cole (2015) 4 exemplar, 1 recension
Playing the Duke's Mistress (2016) 4 exemplar, 1 recension
Black Diamonds (2013) 3 exemplar
Hide And Seek 1 exemplar


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Boyd, Elizabeth Reid
Irvine, Scotland, UK
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ELIZA REDGOLD is an author, academic and unashamed romantic. She writes historical fiction (St Martin’s Press) and romance (Harlequin).

“NAKED: A Novel of Lady Godiva” will be released internationally by St Martin’s Press New York in July 2015. Her ‘Romance your Senses’ series of contemporary romances are published by Harlequin (MIRA) Australia and Escape Publishing. They include Black Diamonds, Hide and Seek and Wild Flower (2015 release). Eliza is also contracted to Harlequin Historical (London) for two upcoming Victorian historical romances. Look out for them! She is represented by Joelle Delbourgo Associates US.

Eliza Redgold is based upon the old, Gaelic meaning of her name, Dr Elizabeth Reid Boyd. English folklore has it that if you help a fairy, you will be rewarded with red gold. She has presented academic papers on women and romance and is a contributor to the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Romance Fiction. As a non-fiction author she is co-author of Body Talk: a Power Guide for Girls and Stay-at-Home Mothers: Dialogues and Debates. She was born in Irvine, Scotland on Marymass Day and currently lives in Australia.

By day a mild-mannered university lecturer with a PhD, by night she is a wild-mannered writer of historical fiction and romances. “Writing makes me braver. It has inspired adventures (and misadventures!) in travel, nature, art, literature and even gastronomy. I hope my books will inspire you too! They’re for people who love a good story, but want to discover new things. They also feature adventurous heroines who are prepared to take risks in life and love. Though in life and in love, of course, things never go quite as planned …”



Honestly, if my trunk fell through the floor I'd be looking to move back with my parents or move to the London House until the fixing was done with the older house. I'm not going to go into how wet or dry rot spreads and that load bearing floors are interconnected and how seriously dangerous that was. Still as a dramatic moment it was good.

Their Meet Cute was when she was trying to hang a suffragette banner and then he just couldn't keep his mind off her. It did help that he was broke and she was a chocolate heiress but they agree to a marriage of convenience and she wants to continue her crusade. As time goes on they find that they're distracting each other and that she's a force to be reckoned with.

Nice relationship, well drawn and well created, occasionally a little OTT but overall a good read.
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wyvernfriend | Sep 16, 2019 |
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Lady Godiva's famous naked ride through the streets is definitely a memorable tale but only a small part of the story. Invading Danes, traitors, famine, and a powerful Earl all swirl around Godiva as she struggles to not only survive but maintain control over the coveted Middle Lands. The Earl of Mercia, Leofric, looks to be her savior but could be secretly angling for more power as her childhood friend Edmund warns. With her heart and mind at odds, Godiva must battle the dangers of her time all while navigating through her true feelings.

Naked is a historical romance novel that incorporates real historical figures and interweaves notes from historical documents, myth, legend, and artistic license. The people, time, and places you've glimpsed from paintings and poems come alive as their story unfolds. In what I imagine is a nod to the inspiration for this story, Tennyson's poem, this story is written in a very poetic stylistic way. Told in first person from Godiva's point of view, her inner monologue has poetic flare with shorter, choppy sentences. The first 10% or so was a little difficult for me to get into but as the story went on, I was able to merge into the flow of the story. If you're not a fan of poetry and its rhythm, you would probably find yourself struggling to read this. The conversation between the characters does follow the more traditional form of novel structure, however.

I have read the poems and viewed the paintings so I already felt closeness with Godiva but she truly came alive for me here. Writing about a true historical figure is a tricky thing as some already have preconceived notions you might clash with but as Godiva seems known and only known for her ride, Naked gave her the depth and breadth such a woman deserves. Godiva was revealed to be strong and caring but had a little bit of the romance heroine naiveté when it came to realizing who the true villain was; women can be kind without having TSTL moments. Her blindness was a way to create angst between her and our hero Leofric but it went on a little too long. Leofric is often forgotten as the man who sent Godiva on her ride and as such, he was an intriguing mystery to me. The author definitely delivered providing readers with a hard, stoic, strong, supportive, and above all, hero. From the moment he comes charging into the scene on his horse and armor, piercing Godiva with his blue gaze, you know things are about to change.

As I mentioned, this is told from Godiva's point of view and while I missed Leofric's thoughts, for the beginning and middle, he had an incredibly strong presence. It was towards the end that we lose him a bit as he acted out of character making the lead up to Godiva's ride feel rushed. Godiva and Leofric work as a couple with their moments of heat and Leofric's willingness to shun some 1023 year thinking but they also fall victim to the keeping secrets and not just talking about it machination; a lot could have been avoided if they had just talked with one another. They read like enjoyable level headed characters so their lack of communication, which was explained as mistrust, felt slightly forced.

Overall, I enjoyed this fictional peek behind the curtain of a true historical figure. The author shied away from using a lot of 11th century words, which I think will help in the enjoyment of reading, but still managed to convey a feeling for the time period; I felt transported. Medieval period romance (this actually felt more romance to me than historical fiction) is greatly ignored right now but where else can you find fantastically named villains such as Thurkill (Thorkell) the Tall, who was also a real person? If you can get into the poetic rhythm of the writing, you will find yourself absorbed by the story and inspired to learn even more about these real life characters.
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WhiskeyintheJar | 1 annan recension | Feb 14, 2019 |
This e-book is a series of short fictions, by various authors, each based on alternative history outcomes for the events of 1066. The stories were rather variable in quality (the 'Roman' one was particularly silly), and between them they only threw up one good idea (that Harold Godwinsson sent the fyrd home and stopped watching for the Normans because he believed that William's excursion to Dives in a storm had finished his invasion prospects).

I am keen on both alternative history and 1066, so snapped this up in a Kindle daily deal, but I wouldn't have wanted to pay more than the £1.99 I actually did for it. Disappointing.… (mer)
sloopjonb | 1 annan recension | Jan 30, 2017 |
This collection of stories from published historical novelists imagines alternatives outcomes to the events of the most famous date in English history. It's a thought-provoking reminder at the time of the 950th anniversary of the Norman Conquest how differently the long term history of the country might have been had events turned out differently that year. Some are the more conventional alternatives, where Harold waits a day to allow more of his men to catch up before advancing to face William and defeating him with larger and more rested forces. But among the other scenarios included are more indirect ones where Harold's allies Edwin and Morcar defeat Harald Hardrada at Fulford, thereby freeing King Harold from the need to march up north to face the Norwegian king at Stamford Bridge; or conversely, where Hardrada defeats Harold at the latter battle and then teams up with Edwin and Morcar to confront and defeat the greater threat that they see William as posing, making England part of a longer-lasting Scandinavian empire. Even after Harold's defeat at Hastings, other scenarios were possible: in one here, the young Edgar the Atheling is able to resist William and prevent him from taking London, killing the Duke in the process. An interestingly eclectic collection.… (mer)
john257hopper | 1 annan recension | Oct 18, 2016 |



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