The Amethyst Necklace
Bird in a Gilded Cage
The Suffragette movement in the early 20th century is at the heart of this dramatic story of Beth Hamilton-Green and her bid for freedom.
Fighting to break free from her overbearing and manipulative parents, Beth is pressured towards leading a life devoid of any choices, and to quietly conform to the social standing of the era.
Determined not to succumb to her parents’ demands, Beth befriends the headstrong Suffragette, Alice Sparks, and finds herself drawn into a savage fight for the emancipation of women. Beth shuns her restricted but privileged way of life to join Emmeline Pankhurst and her brave band of women from the Women’s Social & Political Union in their determined fight for equal rights.
Just as the handsome and mysterious Finn McGuiness appears in Beth’s life, Alice’s declaration of undying love throws Beth into confusion. The real fight has only just begun as Beth becomes embroiled in a powerful struggle, not only for her own survival amidst the Suffragette activities, but with the pull of divided loyalties between Alice and Finn. Beth is pushed to the very edge of reason and the resulting events lead to tragic consequences.
A passionate story of love, women’s fight for equality in the early twentieth century and friendships that test the very limits of endurance.
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What inspired me to write Bird in a Gilded Cage?
People ask what inspired me to write about the Suffragettes and the Edwardian era. It’s not a difficult question. I didn’t have an all-consuming passion to write these brave women’s story or recount their courageous fight for the vote, I did in fact stumble onto the facts while researching an Edwardian piece of clothing found by the present-day heroine of my recently begun novel. I found Edwardian fashion fascinating and when I began to look at how women lived during that time my interest in their fight for equality began.