Review & Giveaway: The Bridled Tongue by Catherine Meyrick

The Bridled Tongue by Catherine Meyrick

Publication Date: February 1, 2020
Courante Publishing
Paperback & eBook; 342 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance

Death and life are in the power of the tongue.

England 1586

Alyce Bradley has few choices when her father decides it is time she marry as many refuse to see her as other than the girl she once was--unruly, outspoken and close to her grandmother, a woman suspected of witchcraft.

Thomas Granville, an ambitious privateer, inspires fierce loyalty in those close to him and hatred in those he has crossed. Beyond a large dowry, he is seeking a virtuous and dutiful wife. Neither he nor Alyce expect more from marriage than mutual courtesy and respect.

As the King of Spain launches his great armada and England braces for invasion, Alyce must confront closer dangers from both her own and Thomas's past, threats that could not only destroy her hopes of love and happiness but her life. And Thomas is powerless to help.

'People never forget. When the fancy takes them, they bring the old stories out and embroider them further.'

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It's 1586, Queen Elizabeth I is on the throne with Mary Queen of Scots and the King of Spain nipping at her Royal heels. Alyce Bradley is returning home after being a Lady's maid, turned servant, to a noblewoman where her parents sent her for the last 12 years. In her youth, she had a reputation for being unable to bide her tongue and speak her mind. A thing quite un-womanly or un-Godly even, in those days. And of course, it being the 16th century she is expected to only yearn for marriage and a family, but Alyce isn't like most women. She wants to find a true love and someone that will respect her intellect.

Thomas Granville, known locally as a womanizer, is a privateer and has fought and sailed with Sir Francis Drake. When he hears that Alyce's father is looking for a husband for her he suggests himself. he's intrigued by her and her dowry also helps his new venture. It's a marriage of convenience though both Alyce and Thomas aren't entirely displeased with the situation. It's a slow-burner of a romance but those are the ones I enjoy the best. I'm not an Insta-love kind of reader.

I absolutely adored Alyce! She was clever, sassy, and sweet. I'm not one to hold my tongue either and have gotten into lots of trouble by not keeping my mouth shut so I could relate to her.

In addition to Alyce and Thomas' story, the book touches on the troubled relationship between Alyce and her sister, Isobel, as well as accusations of witchcraft against Alyce.

Meyrick's writing is outstanding. I was hooked from the first page and completely invested in Alyce's life. And Thomas is definitely swoon-worthy! The Bridled Tongue was the perfect book I needed right now to escape these crazy and scary times and I'm so grateful to Catherine for sharing a copy with me. I didn't get a chance to read her other book yet, Forsaking All Other, so I will be picking that up soon. If you're looking for a great historical with romance and a little danger, you should certainly pick this one up!

About the Author

Catherine Meyrick is a writer of historical fiction with a particular love of Elizabethan England. Her stories weave fictional characters into the gaps within the historical record – tales of ordinary people who are very much men and women of their time, yet in so many ways not unlike ourselves.

Although she grew up in regional Victoria, Australia, she has lived all her adult life in Melbourne. She has worked as a nurse, a tax assessor and finally a librarian. She has a Master of Arts in history and is also a family history obsessive.

For more information, please visit Catherine Meyrick's website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, March 16
Review at Nursebookie
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Tuesday, March 17
Review at Books and Zebras

Wednesday, March 18
Review at YA, it's Lit
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Thursday, March 19
Review at Historical Romance Lover

Friday, March 20
Review at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

Saturday, March 21
Review at Historical Graffiti
Review at Reading is My Remedy

Sunday, March 22
Review at A Darn Good Read

Monday, March 23
Review at Carole's Ramblings
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Tuesday, March 24
Review at Gwendalyn's Books

Wednesday, March 25
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Thursday, March 26
Review at Jessica Belmont
Review at Passages to the Past


During the Blog Tour, we are giving away two paperback copies of The Bridled Tongue! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

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