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By R J Lloyd
Genre: Historical Fiction
Age category: Adult
Release Date: 28 June 2022
Burning Secret is a dramatic and compelling tale of ambition, lies, and betrayal inspired by actual events.
Born in the slums of Bristol in 1844, Enoch Price seems destined for a life of poverty and hardship—but he’s determined not to accept his lot.
Enoch becomes a bare-knuckle fighter in London’s criminal underworld. But in a city where there’s no place for honest dealing, he is cheated by a cruel loan shark, leaving him penniless and facing imprisonment.
Undaunted, he escapes to a new life in America and embarks on a series of audacious exploits. But even as he helps shape history, Enoch is not content. Tormented by his past and the life he left behind, he soon becomes entangled in a web of lies and secrets.
Will he ever break free and find the happiness he craves?
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Influenced by real people and events, Enoch’s remarkable story is one of adventure, daring, political power and, in the end, his search for redemption.
Praise for Burning Secret
Burning Secret has 50 reviews on Amazon with an average rating of 4.7 and 24 x 5 star reviews. And 45 ratings on Goodreads with an average rating of 4.2 with 19 x 5 stars and 18 x 4 stars.
“Fans of historical fiction will find this read particularly interesting and entertaining.” – Bradley Campbell, Amazon Reviewer
“Where Burning Secret shines is its historical accuracy and wonderful world-building.” – Lit Crit, Amazon Reviewer
“Such a fascinating story!” – Reads Alot, Amazon Reviewer
“The attention to detail is amazing and intriguing.” – paws.read.repeat, Amazon Reviewer
“From the first page is was IN! This book is captivating right from the start” – The Pursuit Of Bookiness, Goodreads Reviewer
“This is going straight onto my favourites list (and may possibly remain the only historical fiction on there!) – I loved it so much and am definitely going to miss Enoch.” – Sonja Charters, Goodreads Reviewer
About the Author:
Roger is the great-great-grandson of the main character, Enoch Price. A former senior police officer and detective, he has used his investigative skills to fashion this dramatised account of his ancestor’s extraordinary life. Fifteen years of genealogical research and interviews support the various factual strands of this pacy novel.
Roger graduated from both Warwick and UWE and has been a non-executive director with the NHS, social housing, and other charities.
He is retired and lives in Bristol with his wife. He travels, writes and produces delicious plum jam from the trees on his award-winning allotment.