Banks, Revolution, and Women’s Rights

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A couple of years ago I read an interesting article on the Bank of England. Wanting to know more, I checked their website and learned the bank was incorporated by act of Parliament in 1694 with the purpose of raising funds for England to wage war against France and the Low Countries. It was the first bank to initiate the permanent use of banknotes and during the American War of Independence business was so good that George Washington remained a shareholder throughout the period.

As an Australian, my knowledge of that war was minimal, except of course the Boston Tea Party.  Intrigued I probed more and found a couple of archived reports on how terrible the living conditions were during the Siege of Boston.

In Britain, the women of that era were fully under the control of their father or guardian until they married, when control, including money or assets, was passed to their husband.

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In The Woman Behind the Mirror, Sarah Forsythe is so desperate to be free of these stifling restrictions she elopes to the American colonies, where they are also breaking free from their ties.

About the Book

Because of an arranged marriage to a man who repulses her, Sarah Forsythe runs away with the son of a minister. Not to Gretna Green, to the New World. Instead of a country filled with hope and possibilities, Sarah finds broken promises, abandonment, and shame. And her timing couldn’t be worse! After the infamous “tea party,” the siege of Boston worsens as the Americans rebel against Great Britain. Desperate for money, Sarah breaks open a safe only to find a bundle of Bank of England documents. Sensing they are of value, she guards them during the long, difficult journey from Boston back to England.

Bank of England fraud investigator Neil McAllister faces the biggest challenge of his career when a woman from Boston demands a reward for returning lost documents to the bank. Then two men with the same name and nearly identical stories arrive in England, each claiming ownership of them. Who is lying? Or are all three accomplices in a plot to swindle the bank? As the obstinate, secretive woman gets under Neil’s skin, he trusts that she was an unwitting witness to the crime of cold-blooded betrayal and treason before the fall of Boston. Now it’s up to Neil to protect Sarah because the traitor wants her dead.

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About the Author

Jan Selbourne grew up in Melbourne, Australia. Her love of literature and history began as soon as she could read and hold a pen. Her career started in the dusty world of ledgers and accounting then a working holiday in the UK brought the history to life. Now retired, Jan can indulge her love of writing and travel. She has two adult children and lives near Maitland, New South Wales.






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One thought on “Banks, Revolution, and Women’s Rights

  1. I had the privilege of being among the first to read this book and it’s absolutely wonderful! Jan’s attention to historical detail sets her apart for sure.

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