Ropewalk: Rebellion. Love. Survival by H D Coulter
Book Review

Publication Date: 23rd November 2020
Publisher: Independently Published
Series: The Ropewalk Series, Book 1
Page Length: 243 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction


The North of England, 1831.

The working class are gathering. Rebellion is stirring, and the people are divided.

Beatrice Lightfoot, a young woman fighting her own personal rebellion, is looking for an opportunity to change her luck. When she gains the attention of the enigmatic Captain Hanley, he offers her a tantalising deal to attend the May Day dance. She accepts, unaware of the true price of her own free will.

Her subsequent entanglement with Joshua Mason, the son of a local merchant, draws all three into a destructive and dangerous relationship, which threatens to drag Beatrice, and all she knows into darkness.

Now, Beatrice must choose between rebellion, love and survival before all is lost, and the Northern uprising changes her world forever.

My Thoughts

Ropewalk is set during a time of social unrest, where the memory of the Peterloo Massacre is still fresh in the minds of those who have still seen no betterment in their working or living conditions. Class division is as strong as it ever was, but in this story two people dare to cross that divide.

Twenty-one-year-old Beatrice Lightfoot is the daughter of a ropemaker. She is also a talented lacemaker and it is through her lace that she meets the seafaring Captain Victor Hanley. At first she is intrigued by the handsome and gentlemanly captain. Perhaps he may be the one to fulfill her dreams of a life away from Ulverston, but subsequent meetings make her feel uncomfortable. Besides she can't help but compare him to Joshua Mason, the son and heir of a rich merchant, who has also recently come into her life.

When Captain Hanley offers Beatrice the means to attend the May Day dance in return for a couple of dances with her, the temptation is too great. Unwittingly, her acceptance of his offer sets in motion a series of events that will lead to a brutal and horrendous act with far-reaching consequences for all involved.

What begins as a simple story of two people falling in love, turns into one of obsession and revenge. There is plenty of drama, even that of a legal kind, lots of characters to love or hate and great historical detail to make this a very satisfying read.

Beatrice's story continues in Saving Grace: Deception. Obsession. Redemption. It is due for release in May, 2021, which means I don't have to wait too long for the next exciting episode of this series.

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For the duration of the tour Ropewalk: Rebellion. Love. Survival. is available at 0.99 and signed copies of the paperbacks will be available on Hayley’s website.

Also, Book 2, Saving Grace: Deception. Obsession. Redemption, has just gone up on preorder.

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Meet the Author

Hayley was born and raised in the Lake District and across Cumbria. From a young age, Hayley loved learning about history, visiting castles and discovering local stories from the past. Hayley and her partner lived in Ulverston for three years and spent her weekends walking along the Ropewalk and down by the old harbour. She became inspired by the spirit of the area and stories that had taken place along the historic streets.

As a teacher, Hayley had loved the art of storytelling by studying drama and theatre. The power of the written word, how it can transport the reader to another world or even another time in history. But it wasn't until living in Ulverston did she discover a story worth telling. From that point, the characters became alive and she fell in love with the story.

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