24 July 2018

Book Review ~ A Divided Inheritance, by Deborah Swift

Available from Amazon UK and Amazon US

A Divided Inheritance is a breathtaking adventure set in London just after the Gunpowder Plot and in the bustling courtyards of 
Golden Age Seville. 

I spotted this book while on holiday in the Greek islands and was intrigued. Elspet Leviston’s journey takes her from the predictable future of her father's lace importing business to the dangerous world of sword fighting in Seville.

I also liked the development of the flawed anti-hero Zachary Deane, and the contrast between the divided worlds of London and Spain. I was only vaguely aware of the expulsion of the Moriscos (descendants of the Muslim population that had converted to Christianity) by the Spanish government in the 1600's, and have been inspired to find out more.

As I'd hoped, Deborah Swift's fast paced narrative and historical detail proved the perfect holiday reading. Highly recommended.

Tony Riches

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About the Author

Deborah Swift lives in North Lancashire on the edge of the Lake District and worked as a set and costume designer for theatre and TV. After gaining an MA in Creative Writing in 2007 Deborah now teach classes and courses in writing and provides editorial advice to writers and authors. Find out more at Deborah's website www.deborahswift.com and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @swiftstory.


  1. Looks like an interesting read. thanks Tony.

  2. Thanks for this unexpected review, Tony. I'm really glad you enjoyed the book.

  3. I loved this book. Great to learn more about Spanish history.


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