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'Jacob's Justice' by p.d.r.lindsay

It's 1642, and England is tearing itself apart. Politics & Religion, King & Parliament at loggerheads. Jacob Emerick, the youngest son of the Merchants Emerick, shipping owners, must save the family's gold and ships, under threat from a powerful family, the Fowkes. The Fowkes are supporters of the King, and want their loan to the Emericks repaid now, despite the actual legal agreement. They want to buy favours from theĀ  King, preferably an Earldome. The extreme Puritans want that money & the ships kept away from the King and don't mind how they do it. Jacob travels from the safety of London to a small Kentish town full of bigoted Puritans and the arrogant Fowkes. Both sides are prepared to seize everything the family owns. Neither side mind how they do it either, and stop at nothing, including murder and attempted murder. In a few short weeks Jacob grows from cocky young man to serious opponent of violence & a powerful proponent for peace.

Review extracts

This is an historical fiction mystery set in the period of time leading up to the English Civil War, and told from the perspective of the ordinary man, a point of view not used enough in historical fiction. I particularly liked that the language is true to the time period in England, and it is used in a natural way so characters sound right for the time. The characters develop as the story is told, but it is Jacob's character that undergoes the most change, and in such a way you feel a part of his growing.


Jacob Emerick is the lawyer for his merchant family. He's young, cocksure, and not particularly likable, but as he travels through this adventure that connects personal tragedy with the political turmoil of 1642, young Jacob matures and manages to endears himself to the reader.

Any reader of historical fiction will enjoy the detailed background to this novel I and will find herself immersed in the time period. The political situation is made clear, but also the reader is given a thorough and most enjoyable trip into the lines of ordinary people.

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