The Glittering Strand
A triumphant story of a young woman’s fight for independence
By Judith Lennox
Judith Lennox writes a tale of love, betrayal and the silk trade of 16th century in the unputdownable novel, The Glittering Strand.
A desperate fight for her birthright and freedom...
Spiced with the colour and sensuous splendour of the sixteenth-century silk trade, Judith Lennox's The Glittering Strand is the triumphant story of a young woman's fight for independence. Perfect for fans of Rachel Hore and Kate Morton.
Serafina Guardi and her father, a wealthy silk merchant from Marseilles, are sailing to Italy to celebrate her betrothal when their ship is captured by Barbary corsairs. Serafina finds herself plunged into the unknown, brutal world of the North African slave states. From there, she begins the long struggle to free herself from servitude.
Serafina's wit and beauty are tempered by her ruthlessness - a ruthlessness which eventually threatens to lose her both her lover and her child. Embattled by the prejudices of the age and by the ambitions of her treacherous cousin Angelo, Serafina fights against poverty, loneliness and despair, vowing to regain her lost inheritance - the Guardi silk house - at whatever cost.
What readers are saying about Judith Lennox:
'[Judith Lennox] is the ultimate storyteller... her stories are compelling and beautifully descriptive of both characters and feelings'
'[Judith Lennox's] characters are marvellously drawn, and their lives draw the reader totally into the story'
Judith Lennox grew up in rural Hampshire and studied at the University of Lancaster, where she met her husband Iain; they have three sons, three grandsons and a granddaughter. Judith lives with her husband in Cambridge.
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09 Apr 2015
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Praise for Judith Lennox: A fast-moving, complex story — The Times
A beautifully turned, compassionate novel. Judith Lennox's writing is so keenly honest it could sever heartstrings — Daily Mail
Completely unputdownable... a lovely, entrancing book — New Books Magazine
A sensitive examination of love and loss by this master storyteller — Choice Magazine
A gripping and intelligent romance — Good Book Guide
The characters are in many ways so normal, yet in other ways so unbelievably wonderful, in this gripping and heartfelt story — Newcastle Herald
Compelling storytelling — Woman & Home
A compelling novel... Lennox's prose is detailed but never overly dense and powerful when describing prosaic scenes — Sunday Express
A novel of passion and intrigue, this is an enjoyable read populated by believable characters — Candis