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Book Title: A Pledge of Better Times|
The author of the book: Margaret Porter
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Edition: Gallica Press
Date of issue: April 14th 2015
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A sweeping tale of ambition, treachery, and passion . . .
For generations Lady Diana de Vere’s family loyally served England’s crown. But after King Charles II’s untimely death, her father becomes an outcast for refusing to submit to James II’s tyranny. Charles, Duke of St. Albans—the late king’s bastard son by actress Nell Gwyn—escapes his newly crowned uncle’s matchmaking efforts by secretly pledging to wed Diana, then departing for the Continent to become a soldier.
Before the battle-scarred war hero returns to claim his promised bride, political and religious turmoil brings about revolution and yet another coronation. As companion to Queen Mary Stuart, Diana has followed her de Vere forbears into royal service. Though she hopes Charles will abandon his military career after marriage, he resists joining the ranks of the courtiers he despises and mistrusts.
In palace corridors and within their own household the young duke and duchess confront betrayals, scandals, and tragedies that threaten to divide them. And neither the privileges of birth nor proximity to the throne can ensure their security, their advancement—-or their happiness.
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Read information about the authorBecause I was born into a family of readers and writers and scholars and travelers, there's no mystery about how or why I found my profession. From a very early age I invented characters and composed scenes and stories in my head. At about 10 years old I first saw my own words printed--in the grammar school newsletter that I co-founded, typed, and published. Around the same time I decided to combine my theatrical and my writing ambitions, and adapted all my favourite youth novels into scripts.
Since then many, many more words have been published: novels, nonfiction articles on British history and travel and theatre, website content, book and film reviews, my M.A. thesis, advertising copy...and more.
~ 13 novels in hardcover & paperback, novellas
~ foreign and digital editions most titles
~ magazine & newsletter articles
~ newspaper opinion columns
~ documentary & instructional film scripts
~ Who's Who in America
~ Who's Who in Writers, Editors & Poets
~ Who's Who in Entertainment
~ Best New Author (Romantic Times)
~ Reviewers' Choice Nominee (Romantic Times)
Interests and Pastimes
~ gardening (roses & perennials)
~ travel (near & far)
~ photography (nature, travel, architectural, portrait)
~ music (I play the mandolin, my listening tastes are broad)
~ wildlife & bird watching
~ dog walking (I've got two)
~ knitting & embroidery
I live with my husband and our two Border collie-type dogs in an architecturally unique, book-filled home in a lovely and historic New England city. A favorite retreat--and my preferred writing location for many months of the year--is our rustic cottage beside one of our region's largest and most scenic lakes. We return annually to Great Britain, with London serving as our base in recent years, although formerly it was Bristol.
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