The Will to Succeed

Lady Anne Clifford’s Battle for her Rights

Christine Raafat

The Will to Succeed

Christine Raafat

Distributed for Unicorn Publishing Group

320 pages | 5 x 7
Paper $15.00 ISBN: 9781912690688 Published May 2020 For Sale in USA and Canada Only

“Retain your loyalty, preserve your rights.”
 
Such was the motto of Lady Anne Clifford, the woman who defied King James I and risked everything by opposing her family, friends, and the law in a battle to reclaim her inheritance. Anne’s father, the Earl of Cumberland, died in 1605 and bequeathed his great northern estates not to his sole surviving child but to his brother, believing that a prophecy by his great-grandfather would eventually come true and return the estates to Anne. Only fifteen years old at the time, she and her mother vowed to contest the will, and Anne spent the next three decades battling for what she believed was rightfully hers.
 
Lady Anne Clifford steadfastly (and treasonably) refused to accept the king’s decision, whatever the consequences, but was defeated and left with the prophecy as her only hope. Widowed at the age of thirty-four, she survived an anxious period alone with her two young daughters before surprising everyone with an ill-judged second marriage that gave her access to the highest in the land. But the Civil War destroyed that power and confined the fifty-two-year-old Anne to a grand palace in London for six years. Would she ever attain “ye landes of mine inheritance”? The Will to Succeed, the first novel to tell the story of Lady Anne Clifford, chronicles her brave attempt to take back what she was owed and gives readers a glimpse into some of the issues that women faced in the seventeenth century.

Review Quotes
Northern Reader
"A powerfully written and effective novel which feels as solid as a non-fiction history book, but brings characters to life like the best of imaginative novels. . . . I recommend it as a fine example of historical fiction with a unique woman at its centre."
Chicks, Rogues and Scandals
"Engaging, intriguing, intelligent, thought-provoking. A masterpiece of historical fiction that just happens to recount the true-life story of a woman whom could have faded into obscurity."
The Book Magnet
"Historical fiction at its finest; it's interesting, entertaining and enlightening. It's a fabulous eye-opening read about a truly remarkable woman."
A Darn Good Read
"In her outstanding debut novel, Christine Raafat has brought a woman out of 17th century obscurity into the light of present day. The Will to Succeed is a fascinating tale. . . . Those readers who have a penchant for historical fiction with strong female protagonists will certainly enjoy this novel."
Cumbria Magazine
"[Raafat] crafts a riveting story from Lady Anne’s fascinating life."
Mrs Average Evaluates
"A really great story! Raafat has used so much of Lady Anne's own writings that you can really hear her voice and the story is told with great care and affection. . . . As a debut novel Raafat has set her own bar pretty high."
Rambling Mads
"Vividly drawn, well written and Lady Anne comes across as empathetic and resourceful as she fights the court for her inheritance."
Stacy Is Reading
"[An] incredible story of bravery and courage . . . informative and engaging with a warmth that brought the past to life."
Booksimo
"I was surprised how immediately I became immersed in this book. The writing is so beautiful and elegant and perfectly attuned to a modern reader's eye, without losing the feeling of being transported back to the 17th century. . . . If you want a really good read with historical and social history then I recommend this book to you. I'm giving it 5 out of 5 stars."
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