Entertaining Mr. Pepys
by Deborah Swift

Publication Date: September 12, 2019
Accent Press UK
eBook. Paperback, Audiobook; 400 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

London 1666

Elizabeth ‘Bird’ Carpenter has a wonderful singing voice, and music is her chief passion. When her father persuades her to marry horse-dealer Christopher Knepp, she suspects she is marrying beneath her station, but nothing prepares her for the reality of life with Knepp. Her father has betrayed her trust, for Knepp cares only for his horses; he is a tyrant and a bully, and will allow Bird no life of her own.

When Knepp goes away, she grasps her chance and, encouraged by her maidservant Livvy, makes a secret visit to the theatre. Entranced by the music, the glitter and glamour of the surroundings, and the free and outspoken manner of the women on the stage, she falls in love with the theatre and is determined to forge a path of her own as an actress.

But life in the theatre was never going to be straightforward – for a jealous rival wants to spoil her plans, and worse, Knepp forbids it, and Bird must use all her wit and intelligence to change his mind.

Based on events depicted in the famous Diary of Samuel Pepys, Entertaining Mr Pepys brings London in the 17th Century to life. It includes the vibrant characters of the day such as the diarist himself and actress Nell Gwynne, and features a dazzling and gripping finale during the Great Fire Of London.

The third in Deborah Swift’s atmospheric trilogy, bringing to life the women in Pepys’ Diary. Each novel features a different character and can be read as a stand-alone book.

Praise for the Pepys Trilogy

‘Swift is a consummate historical novelist, basing her books on immaculate research and then filling the gaps between real events and real people with eloquent storytelling, atmospheric scene setting and imaginative plot lines’ – The Visitor

‘A novel that transports readers with astonishing and engrossing detail’ – Readers Favorite 5*

‘Pepys and his world spring to vibrant life… Gripping, revealing and stunningly imagined’ -Lancashire Evening Post

About the Author

Deborah Swift is the author of three previous historical novels for adults, The Lady’s Slipper, The Gilded Lily, and A Divided Inheritance, all published by Macmillan/St Martin’s Press, as well as the Highway Trilogy for teens (and anyone young at heart!). Her first novel was shortlisted for the Impress prize for new novelists.

She lives on the edge of the beautiful and literary English Lake District – a place made famous by the poets Wordsworth and Coleridge.

For more information, please visit Deborah Swift’s website. You can also find her on FacebookTwitter, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Thursday, September 12
Review at Reading the Past

Friday, September 13
Guest Post at The Writing Desk

Monday, September 16
Excerpt at The Lit Bitch

Tuesday, September 17
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Wednesday, September 18
Review at A Book Geek

Thursday, September 19
Review at Hopewell’s Public Library of Life

Friday, September 20
Guest Post at Short Book and Scribes

Monday, September 23
Review & Excerpt at Book Reviews from Canada

Tuesday, September 24
Feature at To Read, Or Not to Read

Wednesday, September 25
Review at Locks, Hooks and Books

Thursday, September 26
Review at Older & Smarter
Excerpt at Words and Peace

Friday, September 27
Interview at Passages to the Past

Monday, September 30
Guest Post at What Is That Book About

Tuesday, October 1
Excerpt at Broken Teepee
Review at Red Headed Book Lady

Wednesday, October 2
Review at Passages to the Past

Thursday, October 3
Feature at Coffee and Ink
Excerpt at Donna’s Book Blog

2 responses to “Deborah Swift on Blog Tour for Entertaining Mr. Pepys, September 12-October 3”

  1. Lisa says:

    I would like to participate.
    Paperback copy please.

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