MY BLOOD IS ROYAL
A Scottish historical novel by Joyce Mine D’Auria
Lizzie MacGregor was barely a woman when her family left their stone cottage, already set afire by the usurpers, and trekked to the industrial Lowlands of Scotland to compete for back-breaking work that paid meagre wages and offered deplorable housing in a place called Whifflet.
The flight of the native people of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland occurred from the mid-18th to the mid-19th centuries. Tens of thousands were evicted from their traditional homeland without warning by “legal” land owners who might have been former clan chiefs or usurpers given tracts of land at the whim of English Kings.
MY BLOOD IS ROYAL by Joyce Mine D’Auria follows Lizzie MacGregor’s struggle to reinstate her family in their rightful home with adventures and heartbreak along the way, met with the courage of a wee Scottish lass determined to succeed.
Judge’s Commentary from the 22nd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards:
“My Blood is Royal is quite a fine book. Author Joyce Milne D’Auria has a terrific feel for the place and time absolutely essential for any novel but of particular value for a work of historical fiction. Her ear for dialect is exemplary and her character accents never descend into gimmick or cliché. The story itself is immediately reminiscent of Emily Bronte but never becomes a pastiche in any way. From an evocative opening to a sweet but not saccharine ending, My Blood is Royal simply works.”
From the author:
“This was my first Scottish historical novel. I researched 19th century history and traveled the roads and the moors of my homeland to give it an authenticity I think you will see captured in this tale of Scotland’s people.”