Antonía Barclay and Her Scottish Claymore is an unconventional historical romance that hums with energy, wordplay, swordplay, and a touch of melodrama. In 1586, Antonía Barclay embarks on a quest to find her real mother, Mary Queen of Scots, as well as the long-lost Scottish Royal Sceptre. Along the way, Sir Basil Throckmorton, a well-known villain and alchemist, kidnaps the beautiful Antonía and plans to use her to pave his way to the English throne. If Mr. Claymore, Antonía’s partner in love, does not find her soon, she will be forced to wed Sir Basil, and both Scotland and England will fall under his control. Readers of historical romances will enjoy the feisty heroine, her outrageous adventures, and the humorous take on a well-loved genre.
Filled with romance and adventure, Antonia Barclay and Her Scottish Claymore pairs the beloved qualities of the period romance genre with a refreshingly independent, well-rounded heroine for readers to root for.
Paperback, 344 pages
Published February 9th 2016 by River Grove Books
"To a certain degree, Antonia Barclay could be classified in the women’s empowerment genre," Barrett reveals. "Antonia is an independent, tenacious, and strong-minded woman, and the story belongs to her from start to finish. Although a few male characters, in particular Mr. Claymore, assist Antonia in meeting her objectives, she ultimately achieves them herself."
Among the resonant and timely themes explored in Antonia Barclay and Her Scottish Claymore include:
o Female empowerment within a society that actively discouraged female independence.
o How maintaining a sense of humor is critical in all aspects of life, something which Antonia and her mother realize and use to their advantage.
o The importance of self-reliance in making it through life, no matter what time period one resides in.
o The importance of the 'Alpheta Male,' who is secure enough in his masculinity to view a woman as an equal partner in all respects and is willing to yield on calling the shots and claiming the top position as a matter of course.
About the Author
Jane Barrett is a graduate of Duke University and lives in Austin, Texas. Mary, Queen of Scots and Jane Austen have been lifelong subjects of fascination for her. Her aunt, an author and talented writer, introduced her to the lively mind of Austen and after becoming a 'Janeite,' the first seeds of writing a book germinated in her mind. Antonia Barclay and Her Scottish Claymore is her debut novel.
For more information about Antonia Barclay and Her Scottish Claymore, please visit herscottishclaymore.com, or her Facebook.
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