The Woman in the Shadows

(A standalone novel about Elizabeth Cromwell)


A powerful, evocative new novel by the critically acclaimed author of The Handfasted Wife, The Woman in the Shadows tells the rise of Thomas Cromwell, Tudor England's most powerful statesman, through the eyes of his wife Elizabeth.



When beautiful cloth merchant’s daughter Elizabeth Williams is widowed at the age of twenty-two, she is determined to make herself a success in the business she has learned from her father. But there are those who oppose a woman making her own way in the world, and soon Elizabeth realises she may have some powerful enemies – enemies who also know the truth about her late husband.


Security – and happiness – comes when Elizabeth is introduced to kindly, ambitious merchant turned lawyer, Thomas Cromwell. Their marriage is one based on mutual love and respect…but it isn’t always easy being the wife of an influential, headstrong man in Henry VIII’s London. The city is filled with ruthless people and strange delights – and Elizabeth realises she must adjust to the life she has chosen…or risk losing everything.


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The Betrothed Sister

(Book three in The Daughters of Hastings Trilogy)


It is September 1068.


Thea, also known as Gytha, the elder daughter of King Harold II, travels with her brothers and grandmother into exile carrying revenge in her heart. She is soon betrothed to a prince of Kiev. Will her betrothal and marriage bring her happiness, as she confronts enemies from inside and outside Russian territories? Will she prove herself the courageous princess she surely is, win her princely husband's respect and establish her independence in a society protective towards its women?

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Reviews for The Betrothed Sister:


'The Betrothed Sister is like one of its own rich embroideries, cut from the cloth of history and stitched with strange and passionate lives.' Emma Darwin


'A beautifully woven tale of an exiled princess’s quest for happiness. Compelling and convincing, the medieval world is brought vividly to life.' Charlotte Betts


'What happened to the family of King Harold after William the Conqueror won the Battle of Hastings? Carol McGrath has delved into one of history's forgotten footnotes and come up with the astonishing story of Thea, the exiled English princess destined for Russian royalty. An enthralling tale, told with elegance and sympathy.' Vanora Bennett

The Swan Daughter

(Book two in The Daughters of Hastings Trilogy)


A marriage made in Heaven or Hell.


1075 and Dowager Queen Edith has died. Gunnhild longs to leave Wilton Abbey but is her suitor Breton knight Count Alain of Richmond interested in her inheritance as the daughter of King Harold and Edith Swan-Neck or does he love her for herself? And is her own love for Count Alain an enduring love or has she made a mistake? The Swan Daughter is a true 11th C tale of elopement and a love triangle by best-selling author of The Handfasted Wife, Carol McGrath.

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Reviews for The Swan Daughter:


'A wise and lyrical evocation of the lives of women in the aftermath of the Norman Conquest, and high romance in the true sense of the word. A captivating read.' --Sarah Bower, author of The Needle in the Blood and The Book of Love


'Brings the 11th century alive... a wealth of well-researched detail.' --Historical Novel Society


'As delicately crafted as the stiches of the Bayeux Tapestry, 'The Swan-Daughter' establishes Carol McGrath’s exceptional skill as a novelist of the Medieval era.' ...Jenny Barden

The Handfasted Wife

(Book one in The Daughters of Hastings Trilogy)


The year is 1066 and England faces a time of great uncertainty. Beautiful, beloved Elditha, handfasted wife of King Harold, the father of her children, is cast aside for a political marriage. Yet, their love perseveres. Witnessing Harold’s defeat at Hastings, she flees from the Norman invasion. Can she preserve her broken love and protect her family?


Praise for The Handfasted Wife:


"Love, loss and longing being much the same now as in the 11th century, Carol McGrath’s Handfasted Wife has the same compelling hold on the reader as any contemporary novel, while remaining faithful to the mores of the time. What times they were, and what an achievement this book is!" Fay Weldon

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Reviews for The Handfasted Wife:


This is an era and a family that I can't get enough of reading and the author surely did them justice... Carol McGrath has done impeccable research and is so very knowledgeable on these troubled times. ---- Kathleen Ingram, Reading the Ages


McGrath's research into the medieval quotidian is superb, and beautifully translated into a pastoral fiction in the tradition of Hardy. ---- Historical Novel Society


Moving, and vastly informative, a real page turner of a historical novel. ---- Fay Weldon



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