Handsome Englishman Marcus Southey is running from the law after an illicit affair goes wrong.
As he flees across the Scottish border, his path crosses that of fiery red headed Roberta Kyle, herself desperate to escape from the clutches of the loathsome Hamish McGheill. A partnership is born out of desperation, their mutual destination Glasgow. Along the way they meet up with a prize fighting troupe. Roberta encourages Marcus – against his better judgement – to partake in a bout. He wins and this sets him on the road to boxing success. Taking them from the slums of Glasgow to the halls of the aristocracy. Theirs is a strange relationship, at times tempestuous and at others contemptuous, layered over with an abiding care for each other.
Title: The Prize Fighter and the Lady
Author: Frederick Atwood
Genre: Fiction | Historical
Release Date: June 2, 2015
Source: Enchanted Book Promotions
FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of The Prize Fighter and the Lady from Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for a fair and honest review. Opinions expressed are mine.
All in all, Atwood creates believable characters who have a knack for getting themselves in tough spots. Inevitably, they also manage to get themselves out of most tight spots.
Desperation plays a major role in bringing together two people who are the most unlikely pairing. Yet, their friendship and business relationship end up teaching both lessons they never expected to learn.
Combine these characters with the world of prize fighting in Scotland during this period in history and you have the makings of a great story line.
My only problem in reading The Prize Fighter and the Lady resulted from the Scottish dialect prevalent throughout. Although I love to hear a Scotsman speak, this written dialect was hard to translate into what the author actually meant for me to understand.
Frederick Atwood is clearly a writer who enjoys his work. His enjoyment is found in his character development, scene descriptions, and the story arc created in this book. If you enjoy historical fiction written around something other than the splendor of the courts, I believe you will find The Prize Fighter and the Lady a good read.
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Meet the Author, Frederick Atwood:
The 82 year old author has seen many changes in his long life. As a boy growing up in pre-war Australia, the horse and cart were still commonly used by tradesmen. Women, by and large were home makers, while the man went out and earned the daily bread. It was a time when left handed children such as himself were made to write with their right hand. Life as we now know it, came about when war was declared in 1939, bringing vast changes to our daily lives. The emancipation of women, which began in WWI, escalated during WWII. After the war he saw the industrialised nations, switch from building warships and planes, to cars, and refrigerators. He saw the landing of a man on the moon. In fact he played a part in the Apollo space probe in 1968, when he was assigned to supervise the land line link between the Carnarvon Earth Station and the facility at Tidbinbilla, situated near Canberra. He was at one time Media Liaison Officer with Telecom Australia, attending many major sporting events. Later on he was appointed Senior Traffic Officer-in-charge of Telegraphs West Australia.
As a young man Frederick was an excellent cyclist and won many major cycling events. Upon his retirement he was able to indulge his love of history with his love of writing. With a long life comes a fund of knowledge and experience of the frailties of human kind, but also the innate goodness in most people. He has put these ingredients together to produce a number of historical/drama/romance novels. Frederick and his wife of fifty four years have three children and seven grandchildren.