The Jacobite’s Wife
Lady Winifred had a troubled childhood, dominated by her parents’ imprisonment for treason. She joins them at the exiled court of James II in France and marries a handsome Scottish nobleman. Once settled in Scotland, her spendthrift husband becomes a fervent Jacobite. Winifred’s worst fears are realised – should she save her home and children or William from the scaffold?
The Jacobite’s Wife is a fictionalised account of the life of Winifred, Countess of Nithsdale from the ‘Glorious Revolution’ of 1688 to the aftermath of the Jacobite uprising of 1715.
After a childhood blighted by her parents’ support for the Catholic king, James II, Winifred’s loyalties are torn when her restless husband finds purpose in the Jacobite cause. Should she fight to hold onto her home and children or support William’s cause, even if this may lead to imprisonment and the scaffold for them both?
“The characters really come to life in this book, and they are given a full emotional range and complexity that you don’t get from a history book.” (Review by MK French in Girl Who Reads)