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04 February 2021

Blog Review: The Puritan Princess by Miranda Malins *AD Gifted

Orion sent me a free finished copy of The Puritan Princess by Miranda Malins.

I've never read a book set in this era of history before, but I couldn't resist the gorgeous cover and the description cinched the deal.

The Puritan Princess by Miranda Malins book cover

London, 1657

The youngest daughter of Oliver Cromwell, eighteen-year-old Frances is finding her place at England's new centre of power.

Following the turmoil of Civil War, a fragile sense of stability has returned to the country. Her father has risen to the unprecedented position of Lord Protector of the Commonwealth, and Frances has found herself transported from her humble childhood home to the sumptuous palaces of Hampton Court and Whitehall, where she dreams of a love match that must surely be found at court.

But after an assassination attempt on the Cromwell family, Frances realises the precarious danger of her position - and when her father is officially offered the crown, Frances's fate suddenly assumes diplomatic and dynastic importance.

Will she become a political pawn, or can Frances use her new status to seize control and further her own ambitions?

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Source: Review Copy

Content Warning: Sexual assault, corporal punishment, child abuse, infant death (off page).

5 Word Review: Family, politics, control, survival, intrigue.

My interests when it comes to historical fiction are usually quite a bit earlier or quite a bit later than the English Civil Wars. It meant I was a little apprehensive when I started this book. It wasn't in my comfort zone.

This book starts in the most despairing and desolate way. And after that I felt it took a little while to get going, it is quite slow. But the writing is absolutely gorgeous, and by the time I was a quarter of the way through and the pace picked up I was hooked.

The characters are so real and so vivid that I couldn't help but get invested. From Frances's first grief stricken moments, I wanted to know everything about her. She's fantastically headstrong and wilful and I loved it, and how it caused all sorts of extra tensions for her. She wasn't one for giving up. I can definitely see that she is not a character that everyone would like, but I loved her for it.

Excellent characterisation is backed up by exquisite settings. The world comes to life on the page, and I loved the small details that made it real. It is obvious that an incredible amount of research has gone into The Puritan Princess.

There was something almost epic-feeling about this book that I can't put my finger on. As much as the book only takes places during a relatively short timescale but the end I felt like I had been on a proper journey.

I learnt a lot about the one time non-King ruling family. How much of it was fact or fiction I have no idea, but I do know that I loved every moment. I will absolutely read more by this author, and I'm less afraid of picking up English Civil War books now.



  1. Thank you so much for putting trigger warnings on your reviews! Great review!

    Lois |

  2. Interesting! I do love me some good characterization, so I might just have to give this one a go!


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