Face of Fortune by Colleen Kelly-Eiding
Publication Date: February 1, 2020
Paperback & eBook; 405 Pages
Series: The Shadows of Rosthwaite, Book Two
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance
Pursued by soldiers and attempting to escape, James plunged into a raging river and was last seen being pulled under by the torrent. James who had fought to protect her and little Jack, is gone.
Courage, strength, intellect, and a keen wit would have to be her guardians now. A weaker person would crumble under the pressure of running a business, raising a child alone, fending off unscrupulous men, while always aware that the horrific villain, Edward Hawkes is still alive and bent on her destruction.
Instead, Charlotte focuses on those less fortunate than herself. She becomes dedicated to helping Jane Rourke, a weaver, who is falsely accused of crimes and sentenced to death. Charlotte is offered a way to save Jane Rourke, but at a terrible price to herself. And what of Hawkes?
How will she save herself and little Jack? From the dark and gritty streets of Spitalfields, hiding secrets both good and evil, to the haunted moors of Devon, and to the perilous heights of the northern English mountains where Charlotte’s greatest test will come, this epic saga of human kindness, passionate love, and horrifying evil never ceases to enchant…and terrify.
Let me first say that I was very surprised, and pleased to find that Face Of Fortune is not the first offering of this series.
The story, or should I say stories found within this book are in a word "captivating".
Authoress Colleen Kelly Eiding is possessed of the very singular gift of making each character a storyteller of his or her individual tale. While at the same time managing to integrate said tale into the whole.
Charlotte and James offer readers an intimate portrait of star-crossed lovers. He proves time after time to truly want to be Charlotte's "knight in shining armor". Although Charlotte shows herself to be quite self sufficient and resourceful time and time again.
For his part...
James, for better or worse, seems to be more trouble to Charlotte than he's worth. He seems to stumble upon danger time and again. Whether it be in the form of an arch enemy. Seeking final proof of his reported demise. An extremely persistent lover with her own agenda. Or the ever increasing levels of intrigue that surround both he and Charlotte, as the story progresses.
This poor man just can't seem to keep himself, and by extension, his most beleaguered lady love out of the thick of things.
Thank goodness for love.
Taking center stage in this grand drama however is the trial and condemnation to death of Charlotte's friend and colleague Jane Rourke.
And Charlotte's efforts to do all that she can to free her friend and care for her children.
Efforts that will see Charlotte going up against men capable of ruthlessness, pettiness, and manipulations of the like that she has never seen.
All the while, trying to ensure the survival of all whom she holds dear.
Face Of Fortune presents readers with a labyrinth of plot twists. Designed to reconfigure everything that the reader thinks they know time and again.
This is a story written to change the way that readers have come to understand the role of fate. As well as the unquenchable thirst for justice in a society rife with lies and deceit.
About the Author
Her husband is an actor, as are their two adult daughters. Theatre, acting and above all, storytelling, are part of her family’s DNA. Colleen, was in the first class of women at Kenyon College in Ohio when the school went co-ed. She also studied drama and political science at the University of Manchester in England. She later received an MFA in acting from the University of Minnesota.
She has been an actor, director, casting assistant, 3rd grade teacher, and audiometrist. Favoured by Fortune and Face of Fortune have been occupying Colleen’s imagination for a quite a long time. After both daughters graduated college, she and husband Paul became empty nesters.
The time seemed right for Colleen to bring young Ms. Pruitt, our heroine, to life and let Charlotte tell her story. During her time in Manchester, Colleen fell in love with the country. When she returned to England to do research for her series, she was beyond elated. She interviewed a curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum, spent time researching indictment records from the 1760‘s at the Guild Hall in London, and walked the route that the carts of the condemned travelled from Newgate Prison to the Tyburn Tree.
Visiting the tiny village of Rosthwaite, located in the beautiful Borrowdale Valley in the Lake District, where much of the action takes place, helped give context and inspiration to Colleen. Colleen continues to act for stage and film. She studies sculpting and ceramics. And enjoys traveling to Comic Cons around the world, where her husband is a frequent guest. Her series of historical novels is titled The Shadows of Rosthwaite. The second book in the series, Face of Fortune, was released on February 1, 2020. Published by Phase Publishing, LLC.
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