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May 1651. England has been in the midst of a civil war for nearly ten years. The country has been torn in two, and the King is getting ready to make his last stand against Cromwell’s New Model Army.
Abigail Chaplin, a young mute girl, has lost her father to the parliamentarian cause. But with her family now in reduced circumstances, she is forced to work as a servant at a royalist household – the estate of Lady Katherine Fanshawe.
Abi is soon caught up in a web of sinister secrets which surround the Fanshawe estate. The most curious of which is the disappearance of Lady Katherine late at night.
Why are her husband’s clothes worn and muddy even though he hasn’t been home for weeks? How is she stealing out of the house late at night when her room is being guarded? And what is her involvement with the robberies being committed by the mysterious Shadow on the Highway?
‘Shadow On The Highway’ is based on the life and legend of Lady Katherine Fanshawe, the highwaywoman, sometimes known as ‘The Wicked Lady’. It is the first book in ‘The Highway Trilogy’.
Shadow on the Highway by Deborah Swift is the amazing beginning to The Highway Trilogy. It is a young adult/historical fiction mix and I just loved it! First of all, just take a moment to spy that gorgeous cover up there. Yep. Beautiful! I’m always a sucker for a pretty cover. But the story itself is what really grabbed my attention and kept me enthralled. I may have been way too tired for work for a few days because of this book, but I am not complaining. I didn’t want to put it down! Excitement and intrigue abound in this fabulous historical fiction that left me wanting more, more, more! I enjoyed the blending of historical fact and fiction to create an awesome and unique story. I cannot wait for the other books in this trilogy.
Side note: I really enjoyed the authors notes on research that she included at the back of the book. A great way to show how much work went into the book and give you an inside look into the author’s writing process. Well done, Deborah Swift!
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