Dance A Fearful Jig

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What would you sacrifice for love?

Peterborough 1807

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


"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

It’s the end of the 18th century and the French Wars are in full swing. Rachel is painfully shy and can’t read or write, so when her widowed brother-in-law remarries, leaving her homeless and without his four children to care for, the only option to support herself is domestic service.

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


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