She began writing "Accidents of Providence" from research conducted for her dissertation on martyrs in seventeenth century England. This is her first novel.
"Dangerous Liaisons: A 17th century heroine for our times...[A]
delightfully seditious heroine...Brown introduces a wonderful cast
of supporting characters.... For all its period detail, this debut
seems remarkably modern in its depiction of love and
politics--proof that a historical novel can be educational and
entertaining, and nothing like homework."
--O, The Oprah Magazine"A heart-poundingly vivid, intellectually provocative account. . . A romping good read that is character-driven yet intellectually provocative on issues of law, religion and morality--historical fiction at its best."
--Kirkus, STARRED review"Debut novelist Brown has woven an absorbing tale...her story reveals a rich knowledge of the era with memorable characters, sharp, period-worthy dialog, and a poignant love story...This is the best kind of historical fiction--a combination of love story and murder mystery, wtih a sprinkling of intriguing historical snippets and wonderful writing."
--Library Journal, STARRED review"Intelligent, masterful, suspenseful--one of the best books I've read in years. An impressive debut novel from a hugely talented new writer, Accidents of Providence was a rare treat."
--Margaret George, author of many works of historical fiction, including Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles"With this marvelous story written in searing prose, Stacia Brown brings us a deeply human, super-smart, uncommonly well-researched historical novel. Accidents of Providence tackles hypocrisy, both sexual and political, and invites us into the revolutionary taverns and chaotic courtrooms of civil-war-torn London, introducing us to the faithful and adulterous, the idealists and opportunists, of an era not so unlike our own. Don't miss it!"
--Sheri Holman, author of The Dress Lodger, among others "Stacia Brown's debut novel, Accidents of Providence, richly illuminates an important but little known period of history: that of the English Leveller society. Wonderfully detailed and keenly researched, it is a moving portrait of a courageous woman caught between a disastrous affair with a charismatic revolutionary and the draconian laws of the land that would put her to death because of it."
--Kathleen Kent, author of The Heretic's Daughter "Accidents of Providence is historical fiction at its best. It is absolutely steeped in atmosphere and so vividly re-creates the interregnum era that I felt as though I'd been transported there. Brown's prose has a beautiful originality. Her characters come alive with authenticity and humanity; they are loveable and infuriating, but the reader always believes in them, and invests hopes and fears with them. The story kept me gripped from the very first page--by turns desperately sad, funny, and heartwarming. It is a breath of fresh air. I loved it!"
--Katherine Webb, author of The Legacy