Wednesday, January 31, 2018

THE BEAUTIFUL ONE by Frances Thomas

Genre: Historical Fiction, YA Fiction
Release Date: 8 September 2017
Publisher: S Books

Even as a small child, Helen, princess of Sparta, knows that there is something special
about her; men come from far away just to catch a glimpse of her beauty. Also there are
those rumours that her real father was someone more important than King Tyndareus of
Sparta. But her beauty is to cause problems; her sister Clytemnestra is jealous of the
attention she gets, and even her magical brothers, Castor and Polydeuces, can’t protect
her from the predations of a brute like Theseus of Athens. Still, as she grows up, and
knows she’ll have to find a husband, she thinks a good deal about love, and what it might
mean to her.

And that was when the terrible thing happened. There was no swan’s feather on my
pillow that morning, but I woke up with a strange sensation that something soft was
brushing my cheek. When I sat up and looked around, of course, there was no one there.
Phyllis and my sister were still asleep. But I couldn’t help feeling anxious all day, though
there seemed to be nothing out of the ordinary. If Castor had been there, I’d have confided
in him, and he might even have been able to save me from what came later.

Frances Thomas was born in Wales during the war, though she has lived most of her life
in London. However, some years ago, she and her historian husband retired to a beautiful
part of mid-Wales. She’s written many books for children and adults, her most recent
being a trilogy about the girls of the Trojan War.
For many years Frances also used to teach dyslexic children. She enjoys reading,
sketching, cooking, and looking out of the window at the changing colours of the
countryside. She has two grown up daughters, and two grandchildren.
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