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Blog Tour: The Rebel Daughter – Miranda Malins

A country torn apart by war. A woman fighting for her future…

Ely, 1643. 
England is convulsed by Civil War, setting King against Parliament and neighbour against neighbour. As the turmoil reaches her family home in Ely, 19-year-old Bridget Cromwell finds herself at the heart of the conflict.

With her father’s star on the rise as a cavalry commander for the rebellious Parliament, Bridget has her own ambitions for a life beyond marriage and motherhood. And as fractures appear in her own family with the wilful, beautiful younger sister Betty, Bridget faces a choice: to follow her heart, or to marry for power and influence, and fight for a revolution that will change history…

My thoughts: it was interesting to go back to before the events of The Puritan Princess, about Cromwell’s youngest daughter, to this, about his eldest. Bridget’s story takes us through the two civil wars, the execution of Charles I, right up to her father being made Lord Protector. Suddenly you’re seeing a whole different angle on a familiar story. Bridget has quite a radical streak and empathised with the Levellers – wanting a fairer society for all. She actually believed that the new Parliament hasn’t gone far enough. That more could be done, even though it was all rather messy.

This is, at its heart though, a love story. Between Bidding Biddy and her Henry – she even rides to him at a war summit to declare she’ll marry him after all. Even though she finds much about marriage confining, and chafes at the lot of women, being clever and having opinions of her own, she does love him, very much.

As always I enjoy a book about history’s women, so often a footnote to their fathers, husbands, sons, but without whom very little would have ever been accomplished. Biddy was centuries too early for her talents and quick mind to be seen as they should be, instead relegated to running a household and managing a few servants, rather than a country and dozens of MPs.

*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.

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