This is the first book in a new series featuring husband and wife, Thankful and Thomazine (Zee) Russell, who have stepped out of M.J. Logue’s Uncivil War series, which I’ve yet to read, into their very own. This mismatched pair are a delightful couple, in love and not afraid to show it, much to the amusement of their friends and foes. Both would prefer a simple life away from the intrigue of London but unfortunately rumours threaten to tarnish Thankful’s reputation, one of them being that he is responsible for the death of his sister. Together they are determined to clear his name. Thomazine proves to be a formidable force in this quest although her misplaced trust will cause dire consequences for them both.
The opening of the novel is dramatically enticing and the subsequent chapters proceed at a steady pace revealing the newlyweds’ relationship and their backstories. Thomazine is introduced to London and some of Thankful’s friends and acquaintances, in particular members of the Merry Gang, a group of libertines. Samuel Pepys puts in an appearance, as does Prince Rupert, Thankful’s old nemesis. All this leads to an exciting conclusion, where Thankful and Thomazine must fight for their lives, with help coming from an unexpected source.
An Abiding Fire is an excellent start to a new series. It has a colourful cast of characters, historical and fictional and, while being an entertaining tale, is also informative about the early years of the Restoration, which encompassed the Anglo Dutch Wars. I'm looking forward to Thankful and Thomazine's next adventure.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Sapere books.
An Abiding Fire is a well written, intriguing novel with well-drawn characters and a wealth of historical information. Not being much of a history buff, I found this historical aspect of the novel fascinating and informative. The mystery woven into the history of the time was equally interesting, as was the social interplay between the characters. I enjoyed Major Thankful Russel and, particularly, the feisty Thomazine. Thanks to Sapere Books for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.