eBook & Paperback; 292 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Young Adult
England has been engaged in a bitter Civil War for nearly ten years. Ralph Chaplin, a farmer’s son, has fallen for beautiful copper-haired Kate. There is only one problem – he is a Roundhead soldier and she is a Royalist lady.
Tired of bloodshed, Ralph volunteers to fight, sensing that the Battle at Worcester will be a chance to finish the fighting for good. He longs for peace, so he can forge a secure future and find a different, more equal way of life for himself and Kate.
But war is not what he imagined, and soon he has made a deadly enemy; one who will pursue Ralph and those he loves, and wreak vengeance. What’s more, Ralph finds he has just as many enemies at home, as on the battlefield.
Told by Ralph’s ghost, Spirit of the Highway is the stand-alone second part of the Highway Trilogy based on the real life and legend of Lady Katherine Fanshawe, highwaywoman and heiress.
Praise for Deborah Swift"The past comes alive through impeccable research, layers of intriguing plot line, an understanding of the complexities of 17th century politics and the sheer power of descriptive prose." -Lancashire Evening Post
"characters you can really get interested in" -The Mum website
Copy received from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for an honest review
I absolutely adored" Spirit of the Highway" by Deborah Swift. This is the second book in the "Highway Trilogy" and it was a great way to jump into the 17th Century. Although clasified as a YA, I think that anyone regardless of age would love this story. Easily a stand alone even though it is a part of a series. Ralph Chaplain gave us a great point of view, as the story is told in his voice. Ralph is dead but he is a very important presence in the story. Lady Katherine Fanshawe and Ralph were a beautiful example of Romeo and Juliet. For me, Ralph really was the center character in the story and my heart went out for him.
Overall, I learned a lot about the the events leading up to the English Civil war. The ending has me on pins and needles wondering where the character is going to take the rest of the series. I thoroughly enjoyed Swift's storytelling and plan to read many more of her works. I was happy to see her books offered at my library. Great story and great storytelling.
Praise for Shadow on the Highway (Book One, Highway Trilogy)"Shadow on the Highway is an awesome work of YA historical fiction. It is definitely my new favorite Deborah Swift book!" -So Many Books So Little Time Blog
"Swift brings layers of historical and imaginative detail to her stories and I highly recommend as a light read for any adult and for teenagers interested into foraying into historical fiction." -Hook of a Book Blog
"Shadow on the Highway is an exciting peek into the English Civil War from both sides of the fighting... I very much look forward to the next two books in this trilogy!" -Historical Tapestry
She lives on the edge of the beautiful and literary English Lake District - a place made famous by the poets Wordsworth and Coleridge.
Blog Tour ScheduleMonday, October 26
Guest Post at Passages to the Past
Tuesday, October 27
Review at Book Nerd
Spotlight & Excerpt at Let Them Read Books
Wednesday, October 28
Review at History From a Woman's Perspective
Thursday, October 29
Review at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book
Monday, November 2
Review at The Maiden's Court
Tuesday, November 3
Spotlight & Excerpt at Brooke Blogs
Thursday, November 5
Review at One Book Shy of a Full Shelf
Friday, November 6
Review at Bookramblings
Review at Just One More Chapter
Guest Post at One Book Shy of a Full Shelf
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Spirit of the Highway