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1685. King Charles II dies unexpectedly, and is succeeded by his brother James II, England's first Catholic monarch since Bloody Mary. English Protestants feel threatened, and King Charles’s illegitimate son, the handsome young duke of Monmouth, rises against his uncle in armed rebellion. The rebellion turns young Ann Carter’s world upside down. Eighteen years old, she is 1685. King Charles II dies unexpectedly, and is succeeded by his brother James II, England's first Catholic monarch since Bloody Mary. English Protestants feel threatened, and King Charles’s illegitimate son, the handsome young duke of Monmouth, rises against his uncle in armed rebellion. The rebellion turns young Ann Carter’s world upside down. Eighteen years old, she is betrothed to Tom Goodchild, a Protestant shoemaker; but secretly loves Robert Pole, an officer in King James’s army, who offers to take her to London as his mistress. Ann knows it is her duty to marry Tom, but does not love him; so when he marches away with the rebels, she imagines him being killed – which would set her free. But she knows such thoughts are wicked; her father is a rebel soldier too, like all the men of her village. So who should she pray for, when musket balls start to fly? What matters most – love or loyalty? If God could see into my heart, she wonders, what would He tell me to do? Her father, Adam, is a brave man tormented by fear. He has two fears: first, that he may be a coward, and run from the enemy; and second, that he is not one of God’s Elect, and will go to Hell when he dies. But like all the men of Colyton, ‘England’s most rebellious town’, he marches to war, risking his life for what he believes. When England’s most notorious judge, Judge Jeffreys, is sent to punish the rebels, Ann and her father are faced with the hardest choices of all.


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1685. King Charles II dies unexpectedly, and is succeeded by his brother James II, England's first Catholic monarch since Bloody Mary. English Protestants feel threatened, and King Charles’s illegitimate son, the handsome young duke of Monmouth, rises against his uncle in armed rebellion. The rebellion turns young Ann Carter’s world upside down. Eighteen years old, she is 1685. King Charles II dies unexpectedly, and is succeeded by his brother James II, England's first Catholic monarch since Bloody Mary. English Protestants feel threatened, and King Charles’s illegitimate son, the handsome young duke of Monmouth, rises against his uncle in armed rebellion. The rebellion turns young Ann Carter’s world upside down. Eighteen years old, she is betrothed to Tom Goodchild, a Protestant shoemaker; but secretly loves Robert Pole, an officer in King James’s army, who offers to take her to London as his mistress. Ann knows it is her duty to marry Tom, but does not love him; so when he marches away with the rebels, she imagines him being killed – which would set her free. But she knows such thoughts are wicked; her father is a rebel soldier too, like all the men of her village. So who should she pray for, when musket balls start to fly? What matters most – love or loyalty? If God could see into my heart, she wonders, what would He tell me to do? Her father, Adam, is a brave man tormented by fear. He has two fears: first, that he may be a coward, and run from the enemy; and second, that he is not one of God’s Elect, and will go to Hell when he dies. But like all the men of Colyton, ‘England’s most rebellious town’, he marches to war, risking his life for what he believes. When England’s most notorious judge, Judge Jeffreys, is sent to punish the rebels, Ann and her father are faced with the hardest choices of all.

30 review for The Monmouth Summer

  1. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Wars fought in the name of religion--anybody's religion, just pick one--are as old as time itself and are still going strong. War may be old, but the Monmouth Rebellion was short, timewise. In 1685, James Scott, Duke of Monmouth, and a small army of Protestants, mostly Presbyterians, sought to overthrow King James II from the English throne because he was Catholic. The rebel army was small and untrained, but it did win some skirmishes and could have possibly succeeded in its goal but for one wro Wars fought in the name of religion--anybody's religion, just pick one--are as old as time itself and are still going strong. War may be old, but the Monmouth Rebellion was short, timewise. In 1685, James Scott, Duke of Monmouth, and a small army of Protestants, mostly Presbyterians, sought to overthrow King James II from the English throne because he was Catholic. The rebel army was small and untrained, but it did win some skirmishes and could have possibly succeeded in its goal but for one wrong turn. I gave the book four stars because the mechanics were good, and the read was easy and never boring. The research was fine, but history itself had me in the encyclopedia much of the time. What had happened to Henry VIII's Church of England formed a century earlier? Was not this King James responsible for giving us THE HOLY BIBLE, KJV? Why did the...? Enough questions! I could spend all my time being picky, but I require a basic historical background before I read historical fiction. It is amazing to learn how much I have forgotten through the years. So, dear author, thank you for making me refresh my memory. This account of the Monmouth Rebellion was told through fictitious characters who delivered the story with heart. Adam was with the Rebel army. He was afraid, and more afraid that his fellow soldiers would see that he was afraid. In the end, the thing he feared most became his desire. Death. There were many lessons to be learned from every character in the book. The sexual exploits were a bit graphic, but their graphic nature served a purpose. Thank you, Mr. Vicary, for a good read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Toni Osborne

    “The Monmouth Summer” is a gripping historical fiction set in England during the Monmouth Rebellion (The West Country rebellion) of 1685. It is also a novel of love and courage. The first few pages we are introduced to the Carter family, especially 18 year old Ann and her father Adam and as we read on we follow their lives as it is turned upside down after James Scott, Duke of Monmouth, landed in Lyme Regis to lead a Protestant rebellion against his Catholic uncle, James 11. This story, like most “The Monmouth Summer” is a gripping historical fiction set in England during the Monmouth Rebellion (The West Country rebellion) of 1685. It is also a novel of love and courage. The first few pages we are introduced to the Carter family, especially 18 year old Ann and her father Adam and as we read on we follow their lives as it is turned upside down after James Scott, Duke of Monmouth, landed in Lyme Regis to lead a Protestant rebellion against his Catholic uncle, James 11. This story, like most English history, begins with a love affair and ends on the chopping block, in this case the gallows for some and exile for others. In short words: This is the story of a band of rebels that faces off English dragoons to unseat the papist king and return the country to puritanism. Told from the point of views of Ann and Adam, the story is nicely written and is quite captivating in the long run. I found the opening chapters to be extremely slow and I was wondering if this book was some kind of Harlequin. I was so wrong thinking this, when the men were called into battle and all hell broke loose, I simply had to keep up with all the gripping action. Pages afters pages of combat depiction, what lead to it and the aftermath was really interesting. War of religions….and the fascination that drives followers is at the forefront… Of course the story is layered with some romance and intrigue with Ann now betrothed to her childhood friend, a ridiculously religious conservative while at the same time is smitten by Robert, a handsome lord who supports the Catholic Church. Two opposites and two men who want more from her than she may be willing to offer but must……torn Ann had to make what she thought was the right decision but at what cost …. Thousands of people were murdered or displaced…..seems things never changes…. This is not a story for everyone……

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Twist

    When Charles II died and was succeeded by his Catholic brother, James, England was torn between loyalty to the Crown and fear of papists. The Protestants, who had flourished under Cromwell and Charles, now had to worship in secret. When the inevitable rebellion came, in support of Charles’ illegitimate son, James Duke of Monmouth, a great deal of the support came from these dissenting groups. This is the story of the people of the village of Colyton, ‘England’s most rebellious town’, and their s When Charles II died and was succeeded by his Catholic brother, James, England was torn between loyalty to the Crown and fear of papists. The Protestants, who had flourished under Cromwell and Charles, now had to worship in secret. When the inevitable rebellion came, in support of Charles’ illegitimate son, James Duke of Monmouth, a great deal of the support came from these dissenting groups. This is the story of the people of the village of Colyton, ‘England’s most rebellious town’, and their struggle to defend their faith. Caught in the middle of a war that is none of her making, Ann Carter knows she should support the Monmouth cause and the men of her village, including her betrothed, but she secretly hopes that the war will release her from her boring fiancé, leaving her free to follow her illicit love, the dashing Robert Pole, son of the local lord and an officer in the King’s army. Tim Vicary has captured the era with deadly accuracy. In those days life was brutal and held cheap. Women were chattels and any life other than that of dutiful wife was considered improper. Amid the violence and horror of the rebellion, Ann struggles with her conscience and her secret desires. This is a beautifully-written and well-researched work full of fascinating detail about life in 17th century England. In fact, if you want to learn history without trying, this is the way to do it. But you should read it for other reasons too. Mr Vicary knows how to write a good tale. His characters are utterly believable and the plot is exciting, drawing the reader in to an alternative world. This is what I believe fiction should do, and if it teaches you something about a very interesting period of history, then that is a bonus. I recommend this book without reservation.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Darlene Williams

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  5. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Good book You people should just read this book yourselves and write your own review on this novel yourself and I really enjoyed reading this book very much so. Shelley MA

  6. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Green

    Interesting I wasn’t very familiar with the history of this time period, but found the dilemmas faced by characters in wartime interesting.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Andria

    This is a very interesting fictional account which takes place during 1685; a period leading up to The Monmouth Rebellion, also known as The Revolt of The West. King Charles II dies leaving no heir to the throne so his catholic brother James II succeeds him. He is not a popular choice with the English Protestants and there is much unrest as rebels against the King gather support for an uprising under the leadership of King Charles' illegitimate son; The Duke of Monmouth who returns to English sho This is a very interesting fictional account which takes place during 1685; a period leading up to The Monmouth Rebellion, also known as The Revolt of The West. King Charles II dies leaving no heir to the throne so his catholic brother James II succeeds him. He is not a popular choice with the English Protestants and there is much unrest as rebels against the King gather support for an uprising under the leadership of King Charles' illegitimate son; The Duke of Monmouth who returns to English shores from Holland armed with a battle plan. The story follows the villagers of Colyton who join forces and go off to join the Duke's rebel army. Ann Carter is the village heroine who is betrothed to her childhood friend Tom Goodchild (village shoemaker) whilst secretly in love with Robert Pole (senior officer in the King's army who is keen to persuade her to be his kept mistress). Ann struggles with her heart and her faith; her loyalty to her family and her desire to break free and experience life outside the confines of the village. As the battle gets underway, she becomes caught up in the danger whilst on a mission to fulfill a request from her father. Each person struggles with conflicts both on and off the battlefield as they come to grips with their own secrets, fears and question their faith. As the fighting increases and the story unfolds, the villagers find themselves in a tangled web where life or death decisions must be made. This book, although a little slow to begin with, launches right into the action and really had me visualizing the battle sequences as I was reading. It also has something for everyone (romance, action, history, drama) and pushes at the boundaries of loyalty and betrayal.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Underground Book Reviews

    Tim Vicary’s The Monmouth Summer is written from the perspective of the common people. A refreshing change in these days of “marquee” novels. He masterfully details the daily, even hourly, challenges facing these courageous people who firmly believe they are doing what God desires of them. I unhesitatingly recommend it to historical fiction fans who want to read about everyday life and the challenges common people faced, not by their choice but by that of the monarchy. Read the rest of this review Tim Vicary’s The Monmouth Summer is written from the perspective of the common people. A refreshing change in these days of “marquee” novels. He masterfully details the daily, even hourly, challenges facing these courageous people who firmly believe they are doing what God desires of them. I unhesitatingly recommend it to historical fiction fans who want to read about everyday life and the challenges common people faced, not by their choice but by that of the monarchy. Read the rest of this review at Underground Book Reviews: http://www.undergroundbookreviews.com...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lucinda

    When I first began reading the book, I wasn't sure I was going to like it. Ann's struggles to find her place in her Puritan society were familiar. She's in love with someone outside the faith, which forces her to examine her beliefs about her personal relationships and her relationship with God. As the story progressed and Ann and her father Adam were forced to confront themselves within the context of historical events, I became more engaged. Their connection and understanding of each other gro When I first began reading the book, I wasn't sure I was going to like it. Ann's struggles to find her place in her Puritan society were familiar. She's in love with someone outside the faith, which forces her to examine her beliefs about her personal relationships and her relationship with God. As the story progressed and Ann and her father Adam were forced to confront themselves within the context of historical events, I became more engaged. Their connection and understanding of each other grows throughout the story. The important questions about courage, love, and true faith make every page worth reading. I highly recommend this book to fans of historical fiction.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Helms

    Excellent historical novel written from the perspective of a young girl whose family, friends and suitors are caught up on the Monmouth rebellion in 1695. Vicary does a fine job of telling this story through the eyes of Ann and her father as they face the war - a detailed account of the Puritan side of the war which was obviously very well researched. Not only did I find the read well paced, enjoyable and intriguing, I also come away with a much better understanding of the religious battles in 1 Excellent historical novel written from the perspective of a young girl whose family, friends and suitors are caught up on the Monmouth rebellion in 1695. Vicary does a fine job of telling this story through the eyes of Ann and her father as they face the war - a detailed account of the Puritan side of the war which was obviously very well researched. Not only did I find the read well paced, enjoyable and intriguing, I also come away with a much better understanding of the religious battles in 1600's Britain. Well worth the read to any historical novel fans!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kari

    This book had strong reviews, and I really wanted to like it, but I just didn't. While I didn't dislike Ann, the main character, I didn't really like her, either. I was just never sure what to think of her, and I didn't find her relationships with either "love interest" very believable. Neither relationship seemed very developed. I had a hard time feeling emotionally attached to any of the characters, so I wasn't invested in what happened to them. I pushed through to finish the book, but did not This book had strong reviews, and I really wanted to like it, but I just didn't. While I didn't dislike Ann, the main character, I didn't really like her, either. I was just never sure what to think of her, and I didn't find her relationships with either "love interest" very believable. Neither relationship seemed very developed. I had a hard time feeling emotionally attached to any of the characters, so I wasn't invested in what happened to them. I pushed through to finish the book, but did not find this book to be a satisfying read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mary Glass

    Playing both sides Ann Carter is intelligent and attractive but caught in the middle of a fight that sweeps up everyone she cares about. She tries to do what she thinks is right and tries to be fair and honest in her dealings with others. A rough coming of age tale with not the happiest of endings. And yet, you won't hear Ann complaining. Just trying to do her best. Not enough history or background. Playing both sides Ann Carter is intelligent and attractive but caught in the middle of a fight that sweeps up everyone she cares about. She tries to do what she thinks is right and tries to be fair and honest in her dealings with others. A rough coming of age tale with not the happiest of endings. And yet, you won't hear Ann complaining. Just trying to do her best. Not enough history or background.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Alma

    In the countryside of a small town in England, 1685 Robert Pole, Lord of Shute Manor and soldier in King James II’s army, is romantically pursuing Ann, Puritan daughter of Adam Carter cloth seller. Despite knowing their backgrounds would never allow them to be married, Ann could not stop herself from loving Robert. Read the rest of the review on my blog "You Decide: Should I read it or not?": http://shouldireaditornot.wordpress.c... In the countryside of a small town in England, 1685 Robert Pole, Lord of Shute Manor and soldier in King James II’s army, is romantically pursuing Ann, Puritan daughter of Adam Carter cloth seller. Despite knowing their backgrounds would never allow them to be married, Ann could not stop herself from loving Robert. Read the rest of the review on my blog "You Decide: Should I read it or not?": http://shouldireaditornot.wordpress.c...

  14. 5 out of 5

    Liz Wood

    A very well done book A very well done book What an interesting way to explore the very thorny problem of religious militant extremists trying to Impose their views upon the world. I also appreciated the difficulties presented. to the individual characters and the often stumbling solutions to their problems.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Eileen E Cartwright

    Great historical novel Great historical novel I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book especially learning how people lived in England in the late 1600's. Also about how they fought and the religious conflicts of that time. I did think, however, that the ending was a bit abrupt. Great historical novel Great historical novel I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book especially learning how people lived in England in the late 1600's. Also about how they fought and the religious conflicts of that time. I did think, however, that the ending was a bit abrupt.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Teri Heyer

    I have to say that Tim Vicary's 'The Monmouth Summer'is an awesome read! This is a novel about the 1685 Monmouth Rebellion, a part of history I barely knew until I read this book. The story comes alive from the very first page. If you're looking for a great historical novel, then I suggest you read this one. Tim Vicary has instantly become one of my very favorite authors. I have to say that Tim Vicary's 'The Monmouth Summer'is an awesome read! This is a novel about the 1685 Monmouth Rebellion, a part of history I barely knew until I read this book. The story comes alive from the very first page. If you're looking for a great historical novel, then I suggest you read this one. Tim Vicary has instantly become one of my very favorite authors.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Dianne Monreal

    The Monmouth summer I really enjoyed the book even though the unhappy ending. however I don't think it could not ended any other way.life can be so cruel. I feel very said.but that's me. The Monmouth summer I really enjoyed the book even though the unhappy ending. however I don't think it could not ended any other way.life can be so cruel. I feel very said.but that's me.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Awesome Indies Book Awards

    AIBA Book of the Day: 1 November, 2021: 328/41385 Awesome Indies Book Awards is pleased to include THE MONMOUTH SUMMER (Women of Courage #3) by TIM VICARY in the library of Awesome Indies' Badge of Approval recipients. AIBA Book of the Day: 1 November, 2021: 328/41385 Awesome Indies Book Awards is pleased to include THE MONMOUTH SUMMER (Women of Courage #3) by TIM VICARY in the library of Awesome Indies' Badge of Approval recipients.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dj Angle

    Fair.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    I'm pretty sure this was extremely historically correct but for me it wsd really gloomy! Not a bad book but not very sunny and fun either. I'm pretty sure this was extremely historically correct but for me it wsd really gloomy! Not a bad book but not very sunny and fun either.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kateri Limmer

    A simply horrid book. Yes, I finished it. The characters did not make me sympathetic at all.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Makayla

    Pretty good read This book was decent. I did enjoy it and the suspenseful back and forth of events. Sometimes slow but it was still rather good and enjoyable.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cherrie Johnston

  24. 5 out of 5

    April

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cara

  26. 4 out of 5

    Silla

  27. 4 out of 5

    Doris

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Hill

  30. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

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