A Cloak of Zeal by M. J. Logue
A Cloak of Zeal – free until the 2nd March
The first blood to be drawn in the English Civil Wars, at the Battle of Edgehill in autumn 1642. The King raises his standard against Parliament, and for bright, handsome young Puritan Thankful Russell, his new officer’s commission in the Army of Parliament is the gateway to a freedom and a happiness he has never known before. Freedom, and friendship, and an escape from his zealot sister, and a new purpose in life. (And girls, and laughter, and music, and the other things that any ordinary good-looking young man at nineteen takes for granted.)
But Thankful is no ordinary young man, and these are not ordinary times, and before the day has ended his life will take a turn that he never, in his wildest dreams, imagined.
Or his worst nightmares.
It’s a brief novella dedicated to my late friend Sjt Tiny Castle of the 32nd Cornwall Regiment of Foot Napoleonic re-enactment group – what? the model for France Hale? Surely not! 😉
And in this current climate of Ross flippin’ Poldark and his scar that really, isn’t a patch on Thankful Russell’s, I think we need Russell the tragic, scarred hero with a social conscience to get… early modern.