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    Joan Pryce is not only a Catholic during the English Reformation but also Welsh, and comes from a family of proud revolutionaries. But when a small act of defiance entangles her in a deadly conspiracy, a single misstep could lead her straight to the gallows! Joan must decide between fighting for freedom and finding love.

    Author: E. B. Wheeler
    Specifications: 240 pages - 6 x 9
    Expected Release: Early May 2016

    Overall Customer Rating of 8 Reviews:

    Engaging YA historical fiction

    The strength of Born to Treason is in its historical detail. Wheeler’s writing easily evokes the contrast between the beautiful landscape and the ugly political and religious friction of the English Reformation. In the stories I’ve read, it’s usually high-born Protestants fighting against the corruption of the Catholic Church. Flipping that narrative and making the story about honest Catholic subjects affected by the laws of the English Reformation automatically created a compelling story. Wheeler also avoids the pitfall of giving her female character more freedom than would be realistic in that period of history. Joan is a strong, brave young woman committed to do right, but everything she does is still within the social confines of her day. I love that the author gave Joan difficult choices to make, and that, even though her heart is in the right place, her actions are not without consequences...

    You can read my full review @ Reading Lark:


    This book will make readers of historical fiction and historical romance feel very fulfilled when finished.

    I was instantly drawn to this book by looking at the cover. It's amazing how a gorgeous cover can be a selling point for an author's book. The dress the cover model wears is beautiful and there is a sense of mystery displayed there too.

    This book is a historical fiction book that was written by someone that knows their history. It is always so obvious when an author has done the hard work to get details right. I have been intrigued for a long time by this time period, the English Reformation and the reign of Queen Elizabeth the 1st. The feeling of great religious unrest is the basis for this story as Joan is Catholic, and her father died revolting against the Queen and now Joan is an orphan living with her godparents. She also meets up again with the man who she thought some day she'd marry, but she hasn't seen Nicholas for many years. He's changed in many ways and Joan isn't sure how she feels about him at first.

    This story has a slow start, but as things progress, you get to learn more about Joan and the kind of person she is. The reader soon sees that Joan is truly at heart very kind and caring and wanting to help the oppressed. She is courageous and fights for her beliefs, even with her own life at stake. Though there is some romance in the story, this book's strong points revolve around the adventure and mystery as she becomes wrapped up in the intrigue of secretly fighting for her people,The Welsh, and her beloved Catholic church. I felt on edge a lot while reading this story hoping that Joan and the others would succeed in their quest for freedom. There is some violence as the Queen's men had a job to "take care" of the Papist Traitors who were revolting against the Queen.

    There are some twists and turns in the story, especially having to do with the romance that fully blossoms near the end of the book. I can assure you that it will make you smile. This book will make readers of historical fiction and historical romance feel very fulfilled when finished. This clean read can be enjoyed by older teens and adults.

    Mebane, NC

    I learned so much from this book and loved it!

    I absolutely adore historical fiction novels. They are so much more powerful than textbooks because we not only learn about events, but also the minds, hearts, and living conditions of the people involved in and around those events.

    In a historical fiction novel written right, we feel everything like the people living in the time would feel it.

    When I read “Born to Treason,” by E. B. Wheeler, I learned about the fear, violence, desperation, and confusion surrounding the Welsh Catholics during the English Reformation. I never knew anything about the cruelty and violence of this time period. In fact, when researching about it online, it was really hard for me to find information about Protestant violence towards Catholics. It was easy to find information for the opposite, though. The author makes it clear in her explanation of the time, though, that violence happened on both sides.

    I think it is easy when reading history to make judgments about one group of people or one religion based on certain events. But, reading a book like “Born to Treason,” reminds you that there are good people who want what is right everywhere. Perhaps more importantly, you are reminded that what is “right” doesn’t mean the same thing for everyone, and that the true answer is sometimes unclear.

    This book was a quick read, and drew me in right away. I really couldn’t put it down, and always wanted to know what was going to happen next. I loved the complexity of the key characters, Joan, Hugh and Nicholas. Wheeler did a wonderful job of making each character unique. Even characters who were a part of the same cause did not always agree with each other. The choice between treason to the crown and staying true to faith, the choice between fighting and staying silent, the choice between helping friends or turning them in to preserve your life and what you hold most dear, was never easy to make.

    Joan struggled throughout the book to find peace in her heart and mind. Her father had died from the effects of torture due to his Catholic devotion. She wanted to help the cause of freedom for her religion and for her beloved Wales. Her heart was also torn by the affections, or lack thereof, from two friends who were so different in their passions, manners, and beliefs.

    “Born to Treason” will make you worry, make you cringe, make you angry, make you despair, make you blush, make you hope, make you fall in love, and make you ponder what true courage entails.

    I highly recommend this book for its historical value, brilliant images of landscape, insight into life in 16th Century Wales for all stations of people, and for the times you will find yourself clutching your chest, unable to breathe steadily for anticipation of what will happen next, or for dreaming of who the man is behind the mask…


    Delightful historical fiction you will want to read non-stop

    Born to Treason

    By E.B. Wheeler

    Joan Pryce has lost her father, been turned out of her childhood home, and sent to live with her godparents. Living in the late 16th century is a dangerous if you are a Catholic in English ruled Wales. And Joan is both Catholic and Welsh. Determined to live her life so that it will mean something, Joan is about to get caught up in something she never dreamed possible - treason against the Queen of England. But treason comes with a price and sometimes the innocent pay it.

    Years ago Joan was promised to Nicholas Bowen, but for years silence has been all that has been between them. Does the young man who once held the title of friend have a place in her life now or has too much come between them?

    As Joan rebuilds her life, she fights to stay true to her beliefs while not endangering those who have offered her a home. But how does one stay true when the very thought could bring about the loss of all she holds dear.

    Born to Treason explores the plight of the Welsh as they seek the freedom to worship God as Catholics amongest the Protestant leanings of English rule. One doesn't often have an opportunity to read a book that is based in Wales and I found this to be an interesting change.

    Joan was an interesting and intriguing person and I enjoyed getting to know her. I would love to read more about Nicholas and learn more about his story before Joan came back into his life. This is an excellent choice if you are looking for clean reading historical fiction, This book is appropriate for most readers 12 and up in my opinion.

    I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

    It made me think...

    There are many things that I take for granted, I'm just now realizing. I am fortunate enough to live in a place where I can worship who and how I want to, without fear of punishment. Joan isn't so lucky. Living in Wales in the 1500s proves to be a fearful, and sometimes deadly, time. The Queen of England wants to reform religion and those who insist on worshiping as Catholics are tortured and hung. Joan is intent on keeping her faith and in aiding those who are doing what they can to rebel against this, but it's very dangerous. This story really made me take a close look at my convictions and to think of the lengths I'd go to in order to stand up for what I believe in and I honestly don't know if I would have the strength to do what Joan does.

    Joan is orphaned and goes to live with her godparents. She has no idea who to trust in this tumultuous time, yet she is so willing to risk her safety for those whom she deems are in greater need of help. An unofficial betrothal to her father's friend's son falls apart in the past, but Nicholas is intriguing and aloof.

    Joan really is a character to admire, especially because she's so young (around 18). I enjoyed the story line, watching the events unfold in a gradual fashion. At times, the pacing seems to meander, but there are splashes of intensity and danger. This will be a definite hit with those who love historical fiction.

    Content: some violence and descriptions of violent acts, but it's not overly graphic; heavy religious elements, as that's what this story is about; very mild romance.

    *I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*