Title:  King Henry’s Choice

 

by:  Emily-Jane Hills Orford

 

Genre:  Historical Fantasy

 

Blurb:  There are powers at play that continue to seek amalgamating Scotland to England – powers from the past and powers from the future. It’s the late 1800s and Queen Victoria wants more than mere access to the Scottish retreat at Balmoral Castle. But King Henry I of Scotland, direct descendent of Queen Mary Elizabeth I, the time traveling royal daughter of Mary Queen of Scots, is determined to keep Scotland free and independent and a powerful, progressive nation in its own right. The struggle to protect what is his by birthright becomes a battle that must be fought in the past, the present and the future and in other parts of the world. And, in the midst of each battle, there are choices to be made. Very difficult choices.

 

 

Excerpts:  Henry caught the piercing gaze and held it with one of his own, equally piercing. “I do dare, Madam!” He snapped back. “This is my realm. Not yours. And it never shall be yours!” He almost spat out the last few words. He was adamant to make his point: Scotland, his country, would remain free and independent, for now and forever, as his countryman’s rallying cry firmly stated.

 

“Then Isabel comes home to London with me.” The English queen sniffed in a deep breath, feigning a sense of pride being wounded. “It’s where she belongs.”

 

“I think not!” Henry held his ground, glancing first at his wife then at the English queen.

 

“Why ever not, Henry?” Bertie gently challenged Henry. “She is obviously not wanted here.”

 

“Bertie’s right, Henry.” Isabel finally spoke between sniffles and catching little coughs, feigning an upset constitution. “I should return with my English cousins. London is my home. It always has been. Not this barren, cold north land.”

 

“No!” He glared at both women, then at Bertie who had moved closer to his mother during the interchange. “The last time a Scottish queen sought refuge in England under the protection of the English queen, the Scottish queen lost her head.”

 

 

Review:  I am going to give this novel 4.0 stars.  This novel is centered on Scottish history and its battle to remain free from the English.  We meet Henry I whom travels from the 16th, 17th and 20th centuries in order to influence events that will keep Scotland free throughout history.

 

We get to meet some of the most influential people in Scottish and English history.  Such as Queen Victoria, Queen Mary, Isobel Queen of Scots, Edmund Prince of Scots, Prince Albert, Queen Mary Elizabeth, King James of Scotland and King James I of England, Henry is a strong man who does everything in his power to make sure to help his beloved country flourish.  This is helped by his ability to go into the future, and the help of the rest of the Stewart family.

 

He has a lot to think about and battle as he had uncovered a plot to kidnap his son and was forced to spirit him away to the future North America.  The reason was the fact he found that his wife and Queen Victoria were conspiring to raise his son in England and marring an English princess to combine the two countries. His fury when he finds out that his wife and Queen Victoria were plotting under his nose was horrible to see. What makes the traitors behavior worse is how James 1 tried to amalgam England and Scotland as he was both King of Scotland and England.

 

As he finds out that many of the people, he trusted are part of the plot the sadness is obvious.  The time travel is confusing at times, especially at the beginning when you are not sure what is going on.    The shift from present to past is confusing but plays a major part in the story line.

 

The characters are well developed and once you get the hand of the jumping around it’s an interesting plot line.  If the steward family can’t band together and use their time traveling abilities right, Scotland’s history would be completely wiped out.

 

An interesting book with unique

Title:  King Henry’s Choice

 

by:  Emily-Jane Hills Orford

 

Genre:  Historical Fantasy

 

Blurb:  There are powers at play that continue to seek amalgamating Scotland to England – powers from the past and powers from the future. It’s the late 1800s and Queen Victoria wants more than mere access to the Scottish retreat at Balmoral Castle. But King Henry I of Scotland, direct descendent of Queen Mary Elizabeth I, the time traveling royal daughter of Mary Queen of Scots, is determined to keep Scotland free and independent and a powerful, progressive nation in its own right. The struggle to protect what is his by birthright becomes a battle that must be fought in the past, the present and the future and in other parts of the world. And, in the midst of each battle, there are choices to be made. Very difficult choices.

 

 

Excerpts:  Henry caught the piercing gaze and held it with one of his own, equally piercing. “I do dare, Madam!” He snapped back. “This is my realm. Not yours. And it never shall be yours!” He almost spat out the last few words. He was adamant to make his point: Scotland, his country, would remain free and independent, for now and forever, as his countryman’s rallying cry firmly stated.

 

“Then Isabel comes home to London with me.” The English queen sniffed in a deep breath, feigning a sense of pride being wounded. “It’s where she belongs.”

 

“I think not!” Henry held his ground, glancing first at his wife then at the English queen.

 

“Why ever not, Henry?” Bertie gently challenged Henry. “She is obviously not wanted here.”

 

“Bertie’s right, Henry.” Isabel finally spoke between sniffles and catching little coughs, feigning an upset constitution. “I should return with my English cousins. London is my home. It always has been. Not this barren, cold north land.”

 

“No!” He glared at both women, then at Bertie who had moved closer to his mother during the interchange. “The last time a Scottish queen sought refuge in England under the protection of the English queen, the Scottish queen lost her head.”

 

 

Review:  I am going to give this novel 4.0 stars.  This novel is centered on Scottish history and its battle to remain free from the English.  We meet Henry I whom travels from the 16th, 17th and 20th centuries in order to influence events that will keep Scotland free throughout history.

 

We get to meet some of the most influential people in Scottish and English history.  Such as Queen Victoria, Queen Mary, Isobel Queen of Scots, Edmund Prince of Scots, Prince Albert, Queen Mary Elizabeth, King James of Scotland and King James I of England, Henry is a strong man who does everything in his power to make sure to help his beloved country flourish.  This is helped by his ability to go into the future, and the help of the rest of the Stewart family.

 

He has a lot to think about and battle as he had uncovered a plot to kidnap his son and was forced to spirit him away to the future North America.  The reason was the fact he found that his wife and Queen Victoria were conspiring to raise his son in England and marring an English princess to combine the two countries. His fury when he finds out that his wife and Queen Victoria were plotting under his nose was horrible to see. What makes the traitors behavior worse is how James 1 tried to amalgam England and Scotland as he was both King of Scotland and England.

 

As he finds out that many of the people, he trusted are part of the plot the sadness is obvious.  The time travel is confusing at times, especially at the beginning when you are not sure what is going on.    The shift from present to past is confusing but plays a major part in the story line.

 

The characters are well developed and once you get the hand of the jumping around it’s an interesting plot line.  If the steward family can’t band together and use their time traveling abilities right, Scotland’s history would be completely wiped out.

 

An interesting book with unique characters and a complex plot.  If you enjoy history and time travel, this is a book for you.ee

characters and a complex plot.  If you enjoy history and time travel, this is a book for you.

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