Ember In The Ashes
The Thornes are an eminent Catholic family who suffer under the laws of eighteenth-century England. They are forced to live in fear and poverty. Not only this, but Magda Thorne is married to a corrupt opportunist who will stop at nothing to get what he wants, even going so far as seizing the Thorne estate to gain entry to King George’s court. Magda remains blind to her husband’s vices and wicked ways until the Gordon Riots explode onto the streets, tearing through London in search of innocent Catholic victims. These very riots threaten to engulf the Thornes and bring them to the subsequent upheavals and hardships that befell all Catholics.
Miss Lane towers head and shoulders above the rest.
Author biography:Jane Lane Elaine K. Dakers was born in 1905 and her first novel was published when she was just seventeen. She adopted the pen-name of Jane Lane to reflect the historical nature of her books, Lane being the maiden name of her grandmother, a descendant of the Herefordshire branch of Lanes who sheltered King Charles II after his defeat at the Battle of Worcester.
A versatile and dynamic author, Jane Lane wrote over forty works of fiction, biography, history, and children’s books.
She is perhaps best known for her books about the Stuart period and 18th century Scotland, written from a Catholic and Royalist perspective. ‘A State of Mind’ is unique among her books, being set in a dystopian future.
She died in 1978.
‘Miss Lane towers head and shoulders above the rest’ – The New Statesman
‘A writer who offers…faithfulness to historical fact and style’ – The Sunday Times
‘One of the few contemporary writers who excel both as novelists and historians’ – The Tablet