Welcome to my life's work: a collection of seven historical novels. Six are set in mid-Victorian
England and one, Sophie & Juliet, is set in the Georgian era. If you love the classic literature
of Bronte and Austen then you will certainly enjoy these. My novels accurately reflect the
morals and manners of the day. They are clean, wholesome and heartwarming. Please click
on the book covers below to read descriptions, first chapters, and links to purchase.
Kennedy's novel [Sophie & Juliet] offers an appealing mix of
romance and mystery, bolstered by strong character
development and unexpected plot twists. The fast-paced
narrative includes a large cast of fictional and historical
characters. Grayton and the Whitmores are strong leads whose
friendship endures despite their keen awareness of their
society's class structure. Kennedy deftly and sensitively
explores the culture's expectations for both families. Her
inclusion of King George III and his wife is clever and
occasionally playful, and a brief prologue offers additional
historical insight and context. The romances ... are poignant,
and Kennedy skillfully ties these relationships to a mystery that
involves a friendship with the king. An entertaining historical
novel with just the right amount of romance and mystery.
Carol Kennedy has a magic wand that waves away the
mundane and worrisome times in which we live and puts us
squarely in the world of the Victorian era. Her prodigious work,
seven books already and another on the way, brings back the
world of Dickens, The Bronte sisters, and even Flaubert with
authentic language, settings and details of life in an era before
the crust of technology covered society, a time when hardship
and happiness were clearly defined as central to life without
distractions. The narrator of Holybourne is at first a precocious
girl of eleven, born into sadness who speaks in a clear voice of
her progress to the age of eighteen. The circumstances of her
life make for an absorbing adventure with some dramatic
surprises worthy of the best writers today. Holybourne joins the
few classic tales of a girl's progress from childhood to
womanhood written with an authentic voice by an authentic
author. I am grateful to writers who can spin a yarn that is full of
warm-throated goodness that overcomes adversity. Kennedy is
a prolific writer with a teeming imagination, a writer to be
cherished for her gifts. I am grateful to have found this series of
novels and hope there are many more to come.
I loved Holybourne. Didn’t want to put it down. I’m British, and
the language was true and accurate. Light reading. So enjoyed
Carol Kennedy's writing style and her interesting characters in
their exciting and unexpected experiences have encouraged
me to buy all of her Victorian novels. This is the third one I have
read of her current seven books. Finishing one I am eager and
glad to have another at hand.
I didn’t know I was interested in the Victorian Era until I started reading
Carol Kennedy’s novels. Her attention to every detail of this time-period is
remarkable for someone born in 20th Century America. Her prose is
beautifully written and descriptions are so accurate it’s as though she’s
travelled through a time machine to write her novels. She brings together
the lives of both the privileged with those less fortunate in a way to elicit
understanding as well as sympathy for both ends of the social spectrum.
There are even two novels (Bobbin’s Journal and Holybourne) I felt were
appropriate reads for my 12-year-old granddaughter. Through reading
these books, she has grasped not only this very rich period of history but
gained an understanding of life long before today’s technology.
The story just flew. I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading the
rest of your books. It was a very nice touch to identify the authors of the
various quotes and poems that characters used. Frankly, very impressive.
Just a note to let you know that I so enjoyed the book and can hardly wait to
read the one my daughter purchased. I finished it in a day. Just couldn’t put
My only criticism is that the books ended too soon, and there weren’t
enough of them. ... full of ripe fruit, with leads for plays, movies, and TV
At lunch, Penny showed me Sophie and Juliet which we both just finished.
She said she “wanted more,” she wanted the story expanded. Nice. I’m into
Poppy now and am loving it. My neighbour Jan read Winthrope, and I am
lending her some of your other books. Mary Sue called this a.m., and we
talked for an hour. She also loved Winthrope and has drafted a review
which she says is too windy so she will work on it and post it.
Carol Kennedy is a truly gifted author. She has a way of getting me into the
characters hearts. The sweet nature of Bobbin affected everyone around
her no matter their status. The social, economic diversity of 1850 was well
described. Carol has a great knowledge of British history. I would highly
recommend this book.
Carol Jeanne Kennedy captured in this book the British essence of the
Eighteen century with the language and the phrases the characters used.
The innocence and the heart of the main character, Miss Anne Holt,
captivated me. She made me laugh with her sense of humor and the swing
of her emotions. Her good nature enthralled me throughout the whole story.
I would certainly recommend this book.
Copyright 2020 by Carol Jeanne Kennedy