A True and Faithful Narrative (Meg Moore #2)
something of an anomaly. Unlike other girls her age, Meg pores
over books. She spends long hours conversing with the famous
authors and poets who visit her father's bookstore, and even
writes her own stories, laboring over every word until her hand
is black with ink. Without warning, however, Meg comes to
learn exactly how powerful words can be. The day her best
friend's brother Edward sets sail for Italy, Meg scoffs at his
attempts at romance by answering him with a thoughtless jest.
Soon news travels to London that Edward's ship has been
captured and he has been sold as a slave in North Africa - and
Meg cannot shake the thought that her cruel words are the
cause. Now Meg must use her fiery language to bring Edward
home, imploring her fellow Londoners to give all that they can
to buy Edward's freedom. But once Meg learns to direct the
power behind her words, will she be able to undo the damage
she has caused, and write freely the stories that she longs to put
This inspired sequel to At the Sign of the Star continues Meg's
story with elegance and élan.
A gift for aspiring writers
When I reviewed At the Sign of the Star, Katherine Sturtevant's first novel of Restoration England, I thought nothing could possibly come close to being as good. But its sequel, A True and Faithful Narrative, is even better. Now sixteen, rebellious Meg has learned to get along with her stepmother but still hopes one day to marry a bookseller who will support her dream of becoming a writer. But when her best friend learns that what seems like a good match can end in a bad marriage, Meg has to figure out her own mind so she can choose the future (and the man) that are best suited to her. Trouble ensues when she picks up her pen to help a friend and to prove to everyone that she deserves to be taken seriously as a writer--which some people, even those she loves the most, aren't willing to accept.
I'm in complete awe of author Katherine Sturtevant's talent. This novel's plot is unique, its characters are fascinatingly alive, and once again, every carefully selected word makes an impact. And Meg's struggles to get her book written show an unparalleled insight into the writer's craft. A True and Faithful Narrative is a gift to readers, especially those who, like our heroine, dream of becoming writers. Luckily for us, brilliant authors like Sturtevant have already shown the world the talent that women can possess.