The Swift and the Harrier Minette Walters Allen & Unwin
Set in Dorset, 1642, The Swift and the Harrier tells the story of Jayne Swift, a physician from a Royalist family. When the civil war breaks out, Jayne endeavours to treat the wounded from both sides of the conflict, and experiences the barbarity and devastation of war. As a woman in the medical profession, she faces discrimination and danger, but her determination to save lives keeps her forging on.
As the war continues, Jayne attracts the attention of parliamentarian William Harrier, whose past is a mystery. They cross paths several times, and a friendship blossoms despite loyalties to opposing sides.
A smooth blend of fact and fiction, this book has a little bit of everything. If you’re a fan of sweeping historical fiction, you’ll love this novel.