Monday, January 15, 2024

The Black Madonna (Roundheads & Cavaliers, Book 1) by Stella Riley #AwardWinning #HistoricalFiction #RecommendedReads

The Black Madonna

(Roundheads & Cavaliers, Book 1)

by Stella Riley

B.R.A.G. Medallion honoree & 2023 Coffee Pot Book Club Book of the Year Gold Medallist

As England slides into Civil War, master-goldsmith and money-lender, Luciano Falcieri del Santi embarks on his own hidden agenda. A chance meeting one dark night results in an unlikely friendship with Member of Parliament, Richard Maxwell. Richard’s daughter, Kate – a spirited girl who vows to hold their home against both Cavalier and Roundhead – soon finds herself fighting an involuntary attraction to the clever, magnetic and diabolically beautiful Italian.

Hampered by the warring English, his quest growing daily more dangerous, Luciano begins to realise that his own life and that of everyone close to him rests on the knife-edge of success … for only success will permit him to reclaim the Black Madonna and offer his heart to the girl he loves.

From the machinations within Parliament to the last days of the King’s cause, The Black Madonna is an epic saga of passion and intrigue at a time when England was lost in a dark and bloody conflict.


"The Black Madonna is so fine a work that it bears comparison only to the very best in historical fiction."
~ 5*, Indie B.R.A.G. Medallion

"A masterful blend of history, politics, suspense, intrigue, revenge, and romance."
~ Carol Cork, 5* review

"This long, but engrossing historic tale is filled with swashbuckling action, intrigue, mystery, suspense, and, of course, romance. I'm in awe of the creative process this work must have required."
~ 5* Amazon Review

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