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To the Fair Land ❴Read❵ ➪ To the Fair Land Author Lucienne Boyce – A thrilling eighteenth century mystery about a map an author and a vicious killer In 1789 struggling writer Ben Dearlove rescues a woman from a furious Covent Garden mob The woman is ill and in her de A thrilling eighteenth century mystery about a map an author and a vicious killer In struggling writer Ben Dearlove rescues a woman from a furious Covent Garden mob The woman is ill and in her delirium cries out the name Miranda” Weeks later an anonymous novel about the voyage of the Miranda to the fabled Great Southern Continent causes a sensation Ben decides to find the author everyone is talking about He To the PDF or is sure the woman can help him – but she has disappearedIt is soon clear that Ben is involved in something dangerous than the search for a reclusive writer Who is the woman and what is she running from Who is following Ben And what is the Admiralty trying to hide Before he can discover the shocking truth Ben has to get out of prison catch a thief and bring a murderer to justiceABOUT THE CHARACTERBen Dearlove was born in Bristol twenty five year old Ben Dearlove’s ambition is to be an author but he is expected to take over the family’s apothecary business His father has agreed to pay him an allowance for two years in London to pursue his dream Ben’s time is nearly up but he has not achieved success and dreads a future mixing potions He is a kind pleasant young man handsome without being vain with a romantic streakIDEAL READERIdeal for either gender at any age and anyone interested in history historical fiction literature and fantasyIf you like 'The Conjurer’s Bird' by Martin Davies you will enjoy 'To the Fair Land'.

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  1. Awesome Indies Book Awards Awesome Indies Book Awards says:

    Awesome Indies Book Awards is pleased to include TO THE FAIR LAND by LUCIENNE BOYCE in the library of Awesome Indies' Badge of Approval recipients at

  2. Debbie Young Debbie Young says:

    From the first page this extraordinary book plunges the reader into late 18th century London and its theatres and coffee houses and far beyond For anyone whose impressions of that period have been largely drawn as I confess have mine by the dictionary episode of Blackadder the Third To the Fair Land effortlessly supplants them with a much richer understanding of the age and its wider cultureThere are lots of different strands that make this a fascinating book1 The characters are well drawn making the reader sympathetic to the obsessions that trigger the dangerous uest of the hero Ben Dearlove2 The writing is masterful weaving a multi sensory experience of the many settings described The reader is right there with the characters immersed in the action like an invisible fly on the wall3 The settings are especially fascinating to anyone who has associations with London's theatre land or the historic maritime city of Bristol and its environs or who is interested in England's seafaring heritage If this book is not already on sale in maritime museums in Bristol London and beyond it jolly well should be it is a vivid education in what it was like to voyage in an 18th century ship4 Aspiring or established authors will find the bookselling and book production and distribution themes eye opening and it will make them thankful to live in in the age of digital printing and publshingBut you don't need to love any of its settings or themes to enjoy what is as thrilling and startling as any good detective story with deep human topics and values at its core It puts me in mind of Conan Doyle in this respect a stimulating chase that leaves you pondering on the human condition long after you've finished the final pageAlthough this book was darker than my usual reading matter and uite rightly so there are too many serious issues involved for it to be any less dark I really enjoyed it and will definitely be recommending it to others as well as looking out for other books by Lucienne BoyceAnd don't worry it won't make Blackadder the Third any less enjoyablePS There's a detailed review on my Off The Shelf website wwwotsbpcom

  3. Jaffareadstoo Jaffareadstoo says:

    The story opens in 1789 as Ben Dearlove a burgeoning writer is enjoying a night at the theatre in Covent Garden in London His concentration of the play about the exploration of undiscovered lands is rudely interrupted by a hysterical outburst from a young woman seated next to him The young woman is not known to Ben but feeling a chivalric responsibility he steers her away from the angry theatre audience who have take umbrage at the woman’s attempt to ruin the stage play and sees her safely home When he returns the following day to check on the woman’s safety her rooms appear to have been burgled and the woman has disappeared Several weeks later a mysterious novel called An Account of a Voyage to the Fair Land is delivered to Ben which tells the story of the voyage of the ship Miranda As Ben investigates the book further he begins to realise that An Account of a Voyage to the Fair Land may not be a work of fiction but could actually be based on truthWhat then follows is a cleverly constructed historical mystery which pulls the reader into a story which thrives on intrigue and nautical and political skulduggery There is such an atmospheric feel to the narrative that you could almost be walking the streets of maritime Bristol with the sharp tang of sea air in your nostrils or wandering the gin soaked shops and alleyways of eighteenth century London There are some uite dark elements to the story which is perfectly in keeping with the book’s content after all this is the eighteenth century but there is also a lightness to the narrative which is complimented by a delightfully uirky set of charactersOverall this enthralling story never loses its momentum and combines the best of historical fiction writing with a lively adventure story I thoroughly enjoyed it

  4. Dixiane Hallaj Dixiane Hallaj says:

    Ben Dearlove an aspiring author doesn’t want to follow his father’s footsteps and take over the family apothecary business His father has given him two years to follow his dream and prove himself as a writer In an effort to ingratiate himself to a publisher be tries to track down the anonymous author of the new book that is taking London by storm a brilliantly illustrated book about an incredible journey to the Fair Land He follows the clues through the underbelly of London to elegant country estates and into heart stopping dangerThe book is as descriptive of the time as Dickens and is as exciting as Treasure Island The writing has a feel of authenticity that draws the reader into the time and place and makes the reader part of the chase The characters are well drawn and three dimensionalI recommend this book without reservation and look forward to seeing from this talented author

  5. Kathryn Wood Kathryn Wood says:

    Lucienne Boyce's novel To the Fair Land does what good historical fiction is meant to do it seamlessly transports the reader into another time without ever coming across as pedagogical or awkward Her writing style mirrors the era of the late 18th century and feels as though it could have been written contemporaneously with the subject matter She has mastered the ability to explain archaic terminology and situations by the context in which they are written rather than having clumsy asides to define them to the 21st century reader As a writer I was fascinated by the details of the literary world of 18th century London and as a lover of mystery I was kept busy turning the pages to see what would happen next

  6. Suzie Grogan Suzie Grogan says:

    I have only recently met Lucienne and when talking to her about her writing we have focused on her non fiction and the recently published The Bristol Suffragettes However this is her fiction astory set in the late 18th century and it was recommended by a friend It is wonderful Populated by intriguing characters and told from a number of different points of view it keeps you guessing about the truth of the background to a story written about 'The Fair Land'a seemingly idyllic newly discovered country who wrote it why and the conseuences of the events it recounts almost to the end Set against the backdrop of the Bristol docks it is oozes seafaring atmosphere A terrific read

  7. Darlene Williams Darlene Williams says:

    My complete review is available at

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