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Twins
by Katherine Pym   

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Category: 

Historical Fiction

Publisher:  Wings ePress, Inc.
Pages: 

381

Copyright:  March 1, 2011 ISBN-13:  161309003X

Emma and Edgar Torbet are fraternal twins. One of them is considered a bastard. Which one of them is it?

Wings Press
Novels by Katherine Pym

Historical Fiction

London 1661.  In this era the old belief that twins cannot be sired by one man still prevails, a superstition which automatically makes the mother of Edgar and Emma Torbet an adulteress.  Desperate to protect her children from  their violent father she flees, finally settling in London.

Twenty years later, the Edgar and Emmatha Torbet are caught up in a life of turmoil:  They are fratnernal, and Roman Catholics in an overwhelmingly Protestant London. 

Edgar embarks on an affair with a married woman, and is forced to strike an ominous agreement with her ailing husband, while Emma, who has been declared the bastard, is forced to marry a widowed gentleman farmer.  To her horror Emma discovers he’s not only a penniless gambler, but is also having an affair with his sister-in-law.

A Melancholy Tale of Affection, Twins will bring to the reader the history of 1661 London in its finest clarity.  With the volatile religious and superstitious beliefs, this tale of Twins is a page turner.

 


Excerpt

Someone knocked loud on the door."Middy Johns,” the astrologer called. “I must speak with thee.”
Middy’s heart beat hard as she put the babe to the bed, then opened the door. “Aye, Giles. What’s amiss?”
“I can’t read the sky, Middy. ‘Tis the first in me lifetime. I cannot read the sky.”
“What do you see, then?”
He shook loose leafs of paper at her face. “I cannot put anything to this, for it’s all a’ tangle, Middy. The stars overlap each other. They’re the same and then they ain’t. ‘Tis a riddle, I tell you, a riddle.” He sighed and lowered his head. “There ain’t nothing good coming of this birth.”




Professional Reviews

Brave Piece of Work
What a wonderfully brave piece of writing!
Pym grabs at a sense of what the English language was to all classes of people in the middle 1600s, and uses it in both narration and dialogue. She handles it so effectively that it is brilliantly clever. With an earthy cast in a light yet cleverly intriguing plot, she paints a truly believable picture of the era's England. A worthy read to keep any history buff turning pages. Kev Richardson


It's as if you were there
Once you adjust to the terminology, you will open your mind to a very authentic picture of seventeenth century England. The story is full of pathos, intrigue, corruption and religious ignorance. The bawdy description of sexual activity is laced with unmistakable humour, and adds to the historical theme to make Twins an interesting and compelling story.
Vera Berry Burrows –author of Tomorrow Never Comes (Wings Press Inc)



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