Thursday Book Review: “Birthright”

This week’s featured book is a new mystery from Allison & Busby: Birthright by David Hingley. This fascinating historical fiction tale follows Mercia Blakewood from London’s bulging metropolis to the forests of Manhattan she will contend with murder, intrigue and lust, fighting for her future and her life as the town of New York is born. Keep reading to see what reviewers think of this book! 


Birthright by David Hingley

Kate | For Winter Nights

“I thoroughly enjoyed it. The character of Mercia Blakewood dominates while still remaining believable and grounded in her time.”

“The other great strength of Birthright is its depiction of the long and eventful voyage across the Atlantic as well as the scenes in the settlement of New Amsterdam on the American coast. The structure of the novel works so well, showing us the old ways of England, so rocked by war and death, and the potential and promise of this new continent. I enjoyed both equally.”

“The adventure itself is such a good one, full of baddies and goodies and others who could be either but it’s so hard to guess. The only certainty in this fine debut novel is Mercia and her love for her son. I can only hope that this is not the last we see of this intriguing young woman.”

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‘Birthright’ by David Hingley

Lynne Patrick | Promoting Crime Fiction

“The historical background feels right, as do the details which colour Mercia’s experiences on the ship and in New Amsterdam; Hingley has clearly researched the period thoroughly.”

“The story is a great adventure and a promising debut. I look forward to part two of Mercia’s adventure.”

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Charlotte Heathcote | Express

“Mercia’s indomitable personality dominates this impressive debut, which captures the period with colour and intrigue.”

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Review: Birthright

Rachel A Hyde | MyShelf.Com

“From London to the burgeoning settlement of New Amsterdam and during a sea crossing, there is always something going on and all the time Mercia has no idea who she can trust. It makes for exciting reading and it is easy to root for the protagonist as a woman trying to survive in a man’s world, and one where even the men are not safe.”

“Fictitious events and characters are woven seamlessly into some well researched history, and the end result is the first of a two book set that is well worth reading. I will be looking out for this author in future – one not to miss.”

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About the Book

97807490204221664. Four years after Charles II is restored to the throne, Mercia Blakewood stands to lose everything: her father to the executioner’s axe, her freedom to her treacherous uncle, her son to his resentful grandparents. But when her father leaves her a cryptic message in his last speech, she seizes her chance to fight back. With would-be lover Nathan Keyte and unlikely new friend Nicholas Wildmoor, Mercia must unravel her father’s mystery to find a great prize long thought lost, striving to recover the King’s stolen birthright in the hope of reclaiming her own. From London’s bulging metropolis to the forests of Manhattan she will contend with murder, intrigue and lust, fighting for her future and her life as the town of New York is born.

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