Powerful Novel Tells Story of Lies, Betrayal, Jealousy and Love in Medieval England

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Jean Rattay tells of an era that encompasses one of the most exciting and bloodthirsty periods in England and European history

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In the England of 1214, King John’s reign is in jeopardy. His barons are in revolt, France is preparing to invade, and he is sore pressed to find loyal men. When, Henry, one of William Marshall’s knights requests a holding in reward for services, John gives him Kirkfield, a rich estate and the heiress as his wife. This assures that the wealth of Kirkfield will stay out of rebel hands and the many knights of Kirkfield will fight for John against the rebel barons and the French.

Henry is delighted to have a home at last, and is willing to marry an older woman who is probably barren since there has been no issue from either marriage. He has no doubt of his ability to handle one insignificant woman.

In this compelling novel titled The Kirkfield Heiress, author Jean Rattay takes readers back to the Medieval Period to tell the story of Kathryn of Kirkfield who has been the king’s pawn since her parents died when she was a child and John became her guardian, Eighteen and already widowed twice, Kathryn thinks she knows all there is to know about old men. She prepares to run rings around this new husband as she has the first two. She will ignore him and manage her own business interests as she has done for years.

Kathryn pretends to be younger than she is and gets Henry’s agreement to let her escape the marriage bed until she matures, a ploy that has worked twice before. As both Kathryn and Henry try to outwit each other with their game plans, they soon find that it has all backfired and neither one of them will be prepared for the battle to come. Used to controlling what is theirs, neither has much practice at compromise, and neither has figured on falling in love.

The Kirkfield Heiress is one powerful read filled with elements of lies, betrayals, pretentions, jealousy and love. Although fictional in nature, Rattay writes a truly entertaining novel that concocts an impressive combination of historical facts and figures and effectively blends them well with the characters of Kathryn and Henry who become the central core of this story. It allow readers to be transported back in time where kings and queens rule over England in an era that encompasses one of the most exciting and bloodthirsty periods in English and European history.

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About the Author
Jean Rattay holds a BA in Mass Communication from Purdue University, and is a former magazine editor. Her poetry has been published in Indiana Writes. She lives in Merrillville, Indiana, with her husband, Rich, and her muse, Buddy the cat.
The Kirkfield Heiress * by Jean Rattay
Publication Date: June 14, 2012
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