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Ebook Details
  • 05/2022
  • 979-8-9850744-0-6 B09RNFW8Z8
  • 487 pages
  • $3.99
Paperback Details
  • 05/2022
  • 979-8-9850744-9-9
  • 524 pages
  • $14.95
All the Gold in Abbotsford
E.L. Daniel, author

Adult; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Market)

After a self-imposed exile, Stephen returns to the little town of Abbotsford to find that corruption has seeped far beyond King Edward II’s court and into the very heart of his home. The local abbey is in ruins, town officials are stealing from the citizens, someone is circulating false gold around the town, and the entire country is on the brink of civil war. Refusing to stand for any more injustice, Stephen partners with the local abbot to end the town’s corruption and aid the exiled forces who invade the country to overthrow the king. But Stephen has another objective that’s more important than all the rest: winning the love and loyalty of his wife, Elena, who despises him. Still...how can he succeed when Elena’s brother is the very worst of those corrupt officials he’s sworn to bring down?
Reviews
Set in the English midlands in the 14th century, the first in Daniel’s Days of Ore historical fiction series finds Abbotsford local Stephen Warde attempting to save his town from petty local corruption and the wider currents of war. It all begins with the Battle of Bannockburn in the year 1314, where Stephen fights in the army of King Edward II with disastrous consequences: he loses both his father and his faith in king and country. Years later, Stephen returns home, only to find it riven with the same crime and moral degeneracy, prompting him to hatch a plan to rid the town, and the country at large, of evil–even as it puts him in conflict with members of his own family.

True to its genre,All the Gold in Abbotsford is rich with references to English history. Whether invoking battles, and the impacts of both victories and defeats, or using historical figures as characters within the story, Daniel adeptly blends fact with fiction, offering readers striking insight into the historical circumstances of 14th century England while maintaining a consistently gripping plot. Her prose invokes the cadences of speech of the time, and a significant stretch of the narrative is devoted to period romance, exploring the intimacies of Stephen’s relationship with his wife–and the mores and expectations of the era. Blending the social and the personal, the climax hurtles toward a resolution of the town’s political problems, but also the duo’s marital problems.

Some readers may be intimidated by the novel’s length, while others will be distracted by some convoluted plot points. But overall, Daniel is an accomplished and convincing writer, who will eventually draw any reader of political and domestic historical fiction into the enchantingly different world. This series debut proves as engrossing as it is informative.

Takeaway: Lovers of historical fiction will be captivated by this foray into 14th century England village politics and romance.

Great for fans of: Sarah E. Ladd’s The Letter from Briarton Park, Samantha Harvey’s The Western Wind.

Production grades
Cover: A
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: A
Marketing copy: B

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 05/2022
  • 979-8-9850744-0-6 B09RNFW8Z8
  • 487 pages
  • $3.99
Paperback Details
  • 05/2022
  • 979-8-9850744-9-9
  • 524 pages
  • $14.95

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