Coffee Pot Book Tour: Catherine Meyrick / The Bridled Tongue


Welcome to a stop on the Coffee Pot Book Tour. Today we are hosting Catherine Meyrick and featuring her lovely book, The Bridled Tongue

The Details:

Book Title: The Bridled Tongue
Author: Catherine Meyrick
Publication Date: 1st February 2020
Publisher: Courante Publishing
Page Length: 358 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Women’s Fiction

The Author:

Catherine Meyrick is a writer of historical fiction with a particular love of Elizabethan England. Her stories weave fictional characters into the gaps within the historical record – tales of ordinary people who are very much men and women of their time, yet in so many ways are like us today. These are people with the same hopes and longings as we have to find both love and their own place in a troubled world.

Catherine grew up in regional Victoria, but has lived all her adult life in Melbourne, Australia. Until recently she worked as a customer service librarian at her local library. She has a Master of Arts in history and is also an obsessive genealogist. When not writing, reading and researching, Catherine enjoys gardening, the cinema and music of all sorts from early music and classical to folk and country and western and, not least of all, taking photos of the family cat to post on Instagram.


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The Blurb:

England 1586.


Alyce Bradley has few choices when her father decides it is time she marry as many refuse to see her as other than the girl she once was--unruly, outspoken and close to her grandmother, a woman suspected of witchcraft. 

Thomas Granville, an ambitious privateer, inspires fierce loyalty in those close to him and hatred in those he has crossed. Beyond a large dowry, he is seeking a virtuous and dutiful wife. Neither he nor Alyce expect more from marriage than mutual courtesy and respect.

 As the King of Spain launches his great armada and England braces for invasion, Alyce must confront closer dangers from both her own and Thomas's past, threats that could not only destroy her hopes of love and happiness but her life. And Thomas is powerless to help.

 Death and life are in the power of the tongue.

My Review:

What a delight it is to read a well researched, well written historical fiction novel. Catherine Meyrick brings the past to life with her engaging story of a young woman who has to choose between remaining a spinster or marrying a man she does not know. The plot pulls you into Alyce's story from the start. 

The characters are well drawn and spring from the pages. Alyce is not a docile creature and rubs against her family. Unmarried, she understands her options are limited and that time is running out to make a good marriage. Meyrick paints a vivid portrait of a woman in the the 16th century. Thomas, her soon to be husband, wants a wife with a dowry. He hopes only for woman who he can respect and who can run his estate while he is at sea. The couples relationship slowly evolves in a satisfying and realistic manner with plenty of stumbling blocks in their way.

The story is set in Norwich, in County Norfolk, far from the glittering court in London.  I like that the focus is not on kings and queens s but rather It's the story of ordinary people, merchants and privateers and minor gentry, living their lives far from court. The author incorporates historical events such as witchcraft trials and the Spanish Armada to add body to the story. 

Well written and well edited, the pace zips along making for a satisfying read. I highly recommend this book to lovers of historical fiction. 


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