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When valour and duty stand above a heart’s desire ... eparated as infants and rediscovered by chance, sisters, Catherine Pembroke and Cécile d’Armagnac solve the mystery which forced them apart (The Lily and the Lion) only to find their reunion all too brief when the Prince of Wales seeks to reclaim his mistress. With an unbreakable bond forged between the girls, Catherine chooses a perilous path to shield her sister. But has the faith in her protector, Simon Marshall, been misplaced? Who is the mysterious Lady of Scotland and why is Simon so determined to locate her? Caught in a web of conspiracy, Catherine must unravel the secret Simon has worked so hard to conceal. Exiled to Kent, Gillet de Bellegarde takes up residence at his family’s home, offering Cécile d’Armagnac the respite she desperately needs. But rest does not come easy in England and honour and trust becomes a double-edged sword. Cécile and Gillet’s relationship is severely tested by a Welsh vixen, Cécile’s burgeoning pregnancy and both families’ determination to separate the lovers. Knowing his last hope lies in the restoration of his name, Gillet resumes his quest to be granted an audience with the French King but in his absence, Cécile is uprooted from her safe haven and confronted with a devastating choice. Enraged by failed attempts to capture either girl, William of Salisbury seeks the support of a new benefactress – one who only has eyes for the Crown. Their powerful alliance proves a dangerous combination as they plot to destroy anyone who stands in their way. The Order of the Lily will draw you back into the fourteenth century lives of Gillet and Cécile, Catherine and Simon as they strive to reconcile their pasts and accept a future none of them could have possibly foreseen. The authors are masterful at their craft. The book sings with history, character and emotion. —Wendy O’Hanlon, Acres Australia What a great adventure ... Move over Philippa Gregory here are some new authors to bring more of the history of Britain. Told with such clarity, this novel will draw readers into the pages as though they a part of the story, therefore a part of history itself. —John Morrow’s Pick of the Week
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Catherine A Wilson ‘My grandmother was a wonderful storyteller and I count myself fortunate to have been able to spend time with her and my great uncles and aunts, who loved nothing more than a good pot of tea with added lashings of gossip. It is their legacy that fuelled my genealogical addiction as I strove to identify fact from fiction and then record the information for posterity. From this sprouted my love of history, the urge to research and write and, eventually, to develop my own stories. ‘At the suggestion of Anna Jacobs, another highly successful and talented Australian novelist, I joined Romance Writers Australia. One keystroke error placed me on a chat loop where I met my namesake, Cathy T. After making a crass remark concerning my rather plain name, our friendship was born. We began to regularly email one another, offering words of encouragement (the publishing world is a tough place for the uninitiated – believe me), when Cathy T came upon the idea to create a novel along the lines of our real-time friendship. Hence, Lions and Lilies was born.’ (see the book for more detail) Catherine A Wilson ‘My first lasting love? Hmm, I was fourteen when a friend handed me a book about a heroine in France during the 15th century, and I fell in love with everything medieval. But maybe it didn’t start there. Come to think of it, when I was younger I devoured Alan Garner’s tales of sleeping knights in The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, progressing to King Arthur and Ivanhoe, but somehow that French heroine always stayed with me.’ Catherine was born in Burnley, England, but moved to Australia when she was eleven months old. She grew up in Elizabeth, South Australia, relocating to Queensland when she was fourteen. She worked in communications, before finally deciding to fulfil her dream as a writer. The raw draft of her first novel, a Viking romance, won an encouragement award of $1,000 from six hundred entries in a popular women’s magazine competition. A member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, she visited Europe in 2006 to witness the annual re-enactment of The Battle of Agincourt, and then travelled extensively throughout Britain and France, researching material for Lions and Lilies. (see the book for more detail)
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