Lady of the Highway

Genre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult

For Fans Of

Kathleen Kent Victoria Lamb Philippa Gregory Diana Gabaldon

Book Summary

Lady of the Highway

‘This novel might be aimed at the young adult audience but it’s a thoroughly enjoyable story for any age … I rarely give five stars but this novel deserves it.’ Anita Seymour, author of Royalist Rebel.

England 1651

The English Civil War is over, but the wounds of the conflict are still raw.

Young Lady Katherine Fanshawe is determined to save her inheritance from the grasping hands of the authorities, and build a brighter future for herself. Although Kate knows it is dangerous, she invites her rebel friends to live and work at Markyate Manor. But her plans are quickly blown apart when, after months of hard work, her stepfather returns unexpectedly, and evicts them all without pay.

Kate's friends are bitter and turn against her, accusing her of being cursed and a bringer of misfortune. Desperate to regain their sympathy and trust, she turns to highway robbery to pay them back.

But Kate is not the only highway thief on the road, and her rival is intent on bloodshed and murder. Soon the local constable is hot on her trail for crimes she did not commit.

Just when Kate thinks things can't get worse, another secret begins to reveal itself - a secret that threatens her very life. In this struggle against her loveless family, militant authorities and an unforgiving winter, will Lady Katherine's birthright turn out to be a blessing or a curse?


‘A fitting conclusion to wonderful series’ – One More Chapter Blog

‘an interesting, gripping, historically respectful tale bringing the seventeenth century to life … captivating – a real page-turner’ Andrea Zuvich, historian, author of A Year in the Life of Stuart Britain

‘The narrative drive is fast paced and packed with adventure. No sooner is one situation seemingly resolved than another threat presents itself. The locations are filmic; the village, the fields, cottages and woods.’ Carol McGrath author of The Hastings Trilogy

About the Author

Deborah lives in the North of England in a village close to the mountains and the sea. Formerly a costume designer for the BBC, she has an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University. Passionate about history and the natural world, she writes historical and literary fiction and is the author of four historical novels so far, and a historical trilogy for teens.

Deborah is a hybrid author, both trad and indie published and her books have been published by Macmillan, St Martin's Press, Endeavour Press, and Accent Press as well as under her own imprint Quire Books.

She is a member of the Historical Novel Society, The Historical Writers Association and the Romantic Novelists Association.

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