Rebecca Dean is a Yorkshire girl of German extraction who now lives in Whitstable with her husband and three small dogs. Rebecca is the author of two previous glitzy historical novels, Enemies of the Heart and Palace Circle
Praise for Enemies of the Heart: / 'An impressive, epic debut' Daily Mirror / 'An immensely satisfying, sweeping saga !it is one of those engrossing tales that never seems to let up on incident as we belt through four decades full of fascinating detail, skilfully written. A book to curl up with and lose yourself in' Sarah Broadhurst / Fans of Barbara Taylor Bradford will devour this epic as I did' The Sun / 'Dean beautifully captures the mood and color of the era--her descriptive passages are marvelous and complement the layered intrigue, romance and deception.' Publishers Weekly /'If you like Philippa Gregory, you will love this book!' Nora Roberts
In her second novel, Dean (Palace Circle) mixes historical characters with a fictitious family of four sisters to create a lively story of England in 1912. Sixteen-year-old Edward, the Prince of Wales, lives a constricted life without friends or personal freedom. When he meets the Houghton sisters by accident, he is treated normally, not royally, and falls in love. Rose, the eldest sister and a militant suffragette, believes marriage is incompatible with independence. Plain Iris is a traditionalist, planning marriage with her childhood friend. Striking, sexy Marigold cares nothing for her reputation. The youngest, Lily, is a sensitive artist whose forbidden love affair with the Prince affects the whole family. Living during the tumultuous transition from the staid Victorian/Georgian era to an early 20th century marked by new technologies like automobiles and telephones, the sisters chafe against tradition, seeking voting rights and some measure of freedom for the rigidly controlled Prince. Their dilemmas are resolved with an unexpected but believable ending. Verdict Well researched and well written, this is romantic historical fiction at its best.-Sally Bickley, Del Mar Coll., Corpus Christi, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
At the outset of Dean's solid historical, the highly arranged life of the 17-year-old prince of Wales, the future Edward VIII, takes a drastic turn. One day in May 1911 while speeding in his motorcar, the prince, known as David, hits a young woman, Rose Houghton, riding on her bicycle near her home, Snowberry Manor. He rushes Rose to the manor house, where he falls almost instantly in love with her youngest sister, Lily. David spends much time at Snowberry, where he can pretend to be an ordinary man. He proposes to Lily, but his father, George V, refuses to allow the marriage. When David threatens to abdicate his right to the throne, Lily must choose between her own well-being and that of England. Besides creating a complicated lead in the prince, Dean (Palace Circle) deftly balances an array of well-drawn characters. Only the cartoonish villain, Captain Cullen, rings false. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.