I’m really pleased to be on John Jackson’s book tour with Brook Cottage Books this week. It’s a great debut novel….
Genre: Historic Fiction
Release Date: 24th October 2017
Publisher: Crooked Cat Books
When young and beautiful Mary Molesworth is forced to marry Robert Rochfort, widowed heir to the earldom of Belfield, she finds that her idea of love is not returned. Jealous, cruel and manipulative, Robert ignores her after she has provided him with a male heir, preferring to spend his nights with his mistress. Power-hungry, Robert builds up a reputation that sees him reach for the highest positions in Ireland.
Caught in an unhappy marriage, Mary begins to grow closer to Robert’s younger brother, Arthur. Acknowledging their love for each other, they will risk everything to be together. But Robert’s revenge threatens their lives and tears them apart.
Will Mary and Arthur find a way to escape Robert’s clutches?
I have to say I’ve really enjoyed reading John’s debut novel Heart of Stone. What I find extremely unsettling about it is the fact a man as evil as Robert Rochfort actually existed. Robert is a single minded man who hungers for only two things: power and even more wealth than he already has. A widower, he needs an heir and who better than young, beautiful Mary Molesworth, whose stepmother is anxious to get rid of her in order to concentrate on making good matches for her own daughters. As most young women do, Mary dreams of love and hopes she will find this with Robert. He, however, sees her only as a brood mare and a way of accumulating more wealth through her dowry. The death of his father Lord Rochfort also sees the beginning of an intense rivalry between Robert and his youngest brother George, each trying to outdo the other in terms of wealth and possessions. Handsome Arthur, the middle son, an army major arrives to attend Robert and Mary’s wedding and from the moment she sees him, Mary’s fate is sealed.
Set in Ireland in 1700s the John cleverly weaves historical fact and real characters into this tale of love, deception, betrayal and suffering. A thoroughly fascinating read which I found difficult to put down.
ABOUT JOHN JACKSON
Following a lifetime at sea, John Jackson has now retired and lives in York and has now turned his hand to writing fiction.
An avid genealogist, he found a rich vein of ancestors. They included Irish peers, country parsons, and army and navy officers. They opened up Canada and Australia and fought at Waterloo.
John is a keen member of the Romantic Novelists Association and graduated through their New Writers Scheme. He is also a member of the Historic Novel Society and an enthusiastic conference-goer for both.
He describes himself as being “Brought up on Georgette Heyer from an early age, and, like many of my age devoured R L Stevenson, Jane Austen, Edgar Allen Poe and the like.”
His modern favorite authors include Bernard Cornwell, Simon Scarrow, Lindsey Davis, Liz Fenwick and Kate Mosse.
JOHN’S SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS
Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17103004.John_Jackson?from_search=true