New Audio Book: A Splendid Defiance
It’s the summer of 1644 in Banbury, Oxfordshire. The Cavaliers hold the Castle, the Roundheads want it back and the town is full of zealous Puritans. From these few facts, Stella Riley has created a powerful tale in which fact and fiction are seamlessly blended.
Skilfully interwoven with the true story of Banbury Castle and its defenders is the glorious slow-burning romance between Justin Ambrose, a cynical, acerbic captain in the King’s Army and Abigail Radford, whose brother is a die-hard Puritan. During the course of this against-all-the-odds romance, the Castle garrison endures a gruelling fourteen week siege – holding out against a Parliamentarian force ten times its size. This was indeed a ‘splendid defiance’ – as too will be that of Abigail Radford if she and Captain Ambrose are ever to be together.
“A richly-detailed story, a beautifully developed romance and a compelling, devastatingly attractive and unforgettable hero.”
“Stella Riley gave me a rare gift. She wholly enveloped me in the world she created. It is a rare author who can sweep me away so completely … a writer to cherish.”
“The superb narrating talent that is Alex Wyndham – technically accomplished and a superb vocal actor.”
“Alex Wyndham did what the best narrators do; used a sympathetic understanding of the characters and text to bring them vividly alive.”
“A Splendid Defiance offers so much. A realistic and expertly-drawn setting … and a slow-building romance that may have been the most touching one I’ve ever read.”