The Road to Newgate by Kate Braithwaite
Publication Date: July 16, 2018
Crooked Cat Books
Paperback & eBook; 280 Pages
What price justice?
Titus Oates, an unknown preacher, creates panic with wild stories of a Catholic uprising against Charles II. The murder of a prominent Protestant magistrate appears to confirm that the Popish Plot is real.
Only Nathaniel Thompson, writer and Licenser of the Presses, instinctively doubts Oates’s revelations. Even his young wife, Anne, is not so sure. And neither know that their friend William Smith has personal history with Titus Oates.
When Nathaniel takes a public stand, questioning the plot and Oates’s integrity, the consequences threaten them all.
“Moved me greatly and brought tears to my eyes. Gripping, moving and brilliantly captures this tense and sometimes brutal episode in late seventeenth-century English history.” -Andrea Zuvich, Author & Historian
“A real pleasure to read,” -Denis Bock, author of The Ash Garden & The Communist’s Daughter
“Meticulously researched, vividly imagined, and deftly plotted. Rich, resonating and relevant.” -Catherine Hokin, author of Blood & Roses, the story of Margaret of Anjou.
My Review: As a devourer-of-books, the best thing EVAH is when I find a new author to obsess over. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, I tell everyone with breath in their lungs. (Sorry, Mail Carrier. And Lady at the Grocery Store. And Hairdresser. And Neighbor Walking Their Dog.) (Y’all think I’m kidding.) But at least here on my blog, I can tell all of you wonderful folks about new said author, without you looking at me strangely or politely looking at your watch.
Readers, meet Kate Braithwaite! The author of the amazing novel that has been happily monopolizing my time for the last week.
The first thing I noticed, was the author’s innate ability to set an historical scene. There was nothing about each setting that I couldn’t envision, smell or hear. The next thing that happily caught my attention, was Kate Braithwaite’s artistry at creating a plot. Y’all, I jumped into this book without reading much of the blurb beforehand. After reading halfway through Chapter 1, I wouldn’t even allow myself the time to read the blurb, because that meant I would have to step away from Nat and Anne. And there was no way I was going to do that.
Which brings me to my last point. The characters! They are each so complex, so perfectly fleshed out with their own personalities and quirks. I will admit to not being especially fond of Nat at first. I loved Anne from the very start, and was probably overly-fond of Henry. But you know why I felt that way about them? Because they were amazingly created, that’s why. Which is a massive sign that the author needs to make writing her full-time job. (No, really.)
A definite recommend for all lovers of historical fiction.
About the Author
Kate Braithwaite grew up in Edinburgh but has lived in various parts of the UK, in Canada and the US. Her first novel, CHARLATAN, was long-listed for the Mslexia New Novel Award and the Historical Novel Society Novel Award in 2015. Her next book, THE ROAD TO NEWGATE was released on July 16, 2018.
Kate and her family live in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
Blog Tour Schedule
Thursday, January 10
Review & Excerpt at The Book Junkie Reads
Friday, January 11
Review at Passages to the Past
Monday, January 14
Guest Post at Short Book and Scribes
Tuesday, January 15
Review at Pursuing Stacie
Wednesday, January 16
Excerpt at Historical Fiction with Spirit
Thursday, January 17
Review & Excerpt at Locks, Hooks and Books
Monday, January 21
Review at Bookish Rantings
Tuesday, January 22
Feature at CelticLady’s Reviews
Wednesday, January 23
Interview at Passages to the Past
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