David Baird - David's Book Blurb.

Vikings to Virgin

 

 

 

 

 

This is a historical fiction novel but only in the sense that the author has used dates/events to the best of her knowledge and research. I think what I loved about this book the most was how it’s presented. Rather than focusing on one person this book covers many and that made it different compared to anything else I’ve read.

Trisha Hughes ignites the flames of passion for history. A definite five stars.

Tony Riches - Author of the Tudor Series

Virgin to Victoria

 

 

 

I wasn't disappointed with this book, as Trisha's lively and engaging style takes us on a grand tour of those who enjoyed wearing the crown from 1559 to 1838. Although I'd say I'm well informed about Elizabeth, I doubt I'm alone in being less knowledgeable about her successors, so this book is an accessible way to understand how our history was shaped over those very different eras.

This is history with an enjoyable irreverence. The stories behind these monarchs are as strange as any you'll find in fiction, from Elizabeth's paranoia to King George III planting a juicy steak in the garden to see if it would grow. As Trisha Hughes says, 'these stories span hundreds of years of lust, betrayal, heroism, murder, cruelty and mysteries.'  What more could you ask for? A definite 5 stars from me.

Over the Rainbow Book Blog

Victoria to Vikings 

 

 

 

 

 

The author manages to cover a lot of history without it ever seeming to be rushed. Instead she manages to make learning very fun with all the fascinating historical details really adding to the story so that the reader can really envision it in their minds. I often felt like I was there alongside the characters experiencing everything first hand. 5 stars for me.

Writing with Wolves

Victoria to Vikings

 

 

The book covers so much information & with so much care & detail that I’m genuinely shocked that it isn’t up there with all the famous history books. Victoria to Vikings covers a long period of time so there is a lot to learn about, but the writing was super engaging & I thoroughly enjoyed it. 5 Stars

ChezMaximka Blogspot

Victoria to Vikings

 

 

 

Victoria to Vikings is a wonderful panorama of a book.
As a historical book, it is enormously entertaining. Hughes is a masterful storyteller, she has a great talent for putting a lot of data and information together in a very enticing, entertaining way. There are lots of facts on every page, but the narrative is never boring.

The narrative is vastly engaging but never dumbed down. It's a refreshing interpretation of the popular history, it's fast-moving, enlightening and enthralling.

Paul Bennett - Historical Fiction Reviews

Vikings to Virgin

 

 

As a student of history from across The Pond, I’ve always found the line of monarchs in Britain a confusing subject, and no wonder given a. that it’s not a subject given much attention in American history classes, and b. it is a rather confusing subject. So many changes in royal lines, so many with the same name, so many familial connections (I swear that John of Gaunt must have been related to the whole population of the British Isles). 

 

So, it was a pleasure to read a book that not only was informative, shedding light, unraveling the confusion, but did so in a very entertaining fashion. One of my pet peeves is those who present history in a dry, witless fashion. Vikings to Virgin is a far cry from those boring texts as the author does a fine job in bringing this long and complicated history to life with a vibrant narrative. Detailed research is evident throughout the book giving the reader a full picture of the events and the larger than life people who sought for the crown of a kingdom seemingly in constant turmoil and uncertainty. A fascinating tutorial of the period of Cnute to Elizabeth, I’m looking forward to Book 2.   

5 stars

Mary Anne Yarde - Author of the Du Lac Chronicles 

Virgin to Victoria

 

 

 

 

 

Hughes’ book is tremendously ambitious, but she has pulled it off wonderfully. Virgin to Victoria is filled with fascinating facts, and also exciting conspiracy theories. This is not a dry, dusty book whose historical characters are one dimensional. Hughes has brought these men and women, of times gone by, back to life with her quick wit and beautiful prose.

 

Hughes looks at the events of this period with fresh eyes, and her writing is clear and conscientious. The stories she tells are fabulously descriptive, more than occasionally hilarious, as well as at times profoundly moving. But not only is this a wonderful look at the key players in this period of British history, what I liked about it the most was that it is also an immensely readable tale.

 

Between the pages of this book, you will read stories about the English monarchy, marriages, love, births, affairs, illegitimacy, power struggles, rebellion, war, dictatorship, religion, greed, laughter, hope, plagues, fire, and death. In fact, some of the stories you would expect to find in works of historical fiction not historical fact, for surely these stories cannot be true? This is no straight-laced retelling. This is England’s monarchy like you have never read about it before. Be prepared, the skeletons are well and truly out of the closet! 

 

Virgin to Victoria is the gripping story of England’s history. Fabulously executed and a real treat for anyone interested in learning more about this fascinating era. I have awarded her the Gold Medal for Best Book of the Year in Historical Non-Fiction 2018. Well deserved 5 stars.

Paul Aubert- Amazon Reviewer

Daughters of Nazareth

 

 

Devouring this book in less than a day, I was embarrassingly brought to tears many times in a Melbourne coffee shop, as I tried to reconcile the warm, friendly, and upbeat Trisha, who I met recently while walking my dog, with the scared little girl abandoned completely by her family in 1960’s Australia.


Daughters of Nazareth is so much more than just a memoir...it is a book of triumph over adversity; incredible forgiveness; and more real life twists than could ever convincingly be made up.
If you read just one memoir in your life, this should be it!

 

E. Lewis - Amazon Reviewer

Daughters of Nazareth

 

 

Daughters of Nazareth is a very moving autobiography of Patricia Hughes, who recall the hardship of being brought up in the 50s by parents that both liked to drink, and at the age of four she is put into an orphanage run by nuns. Patricia was only there for a few months before her parents had her back, but sadly she was retuned to the orphanage permanently because of her fathers poor health and her mother became an alcoholic.

It is a well written heart breaking story that brought a tear to my eye a few times, and I really enjoyed it.

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