What would you sacrifice for love?
Rachel Alderman is a lonely, middle-aged housekeeper to a local vicar. Blighted by crippling shyness, illness and the needs of others, her life is going nowhere. That is, until a chance encounter with a mysterious stranger determines otherwise.
Charles Le Boucher is a French soldier captured in the ongoing Napoleonic war, currently residing in the nearby POW camp, Norman Cross. Whilst out on parole, attempting to sell his delicately carved model ships in the marketplace, he meets and befriends Rachel.
With their two countries on opposing sides in a bitter war, should they even be talking to one another? Despite family disapproval, can their innocent friendship blossom into love, and if it does, what will become of them?
Published by Lupin Publications, January 2024
REVIEWS OF 'DANCE A FEARFUL JIG':
"Alison’s book is a gripping tale told with such familiarity you feel you could be Rachel. The story is fascinating and opens a door to real history through the emotions, building to a crescendo.
Holding my attention despite reading late at night. The story is subtle, not over romanticised. The divide between rich and poor ever present mirroring the futility of war. Them and us is a strong thread until the end. I love historical novels. This has surprises and creates real intrigue with the various threads coming together dramatically.
Thank you it is excellent Alison."
Kate Harris November 2023
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 9 January 2024
There’s enough authentic detail to plunge you right into the period, as Rachel deals with prejudice, lack of education, illness, and simply being a woman of lowly estate. And it’s relevant – there are still some parallels today.
This novel is set in a period and an area about which I previously knew very little. If you enjoy well-researched social history, you will find this an excellent read.
FORTHCOMING EVENTS for 'Dance A Fearful Jig'
OPEN MIC, Brook Kitchen, Budleigh Salterton 6pm
AUTHOR TAKEOVER, Meet the Author! group, Facebook 23rd February
AUTHOR TAKEOVER, Lynda's Book reviews, Facebook 27th February
Meet the Author/book signing, Kingsbridge Library, March 2nd 10.30 - 12.30
Meet the Author/book talk, Sidmouth Library, 21st March 3pm
AUTHORS TALK Tavistock Wharf, 10th June 2pm