Two men, once friends, have long since gone their separate ways. But when the new King James commands a fresh translation of the Bible, their paths are fated to cross again.
For biblical scholar Richard Clarke, the chance to work on the new translation seems like a gift from God, a way back in from the cold where his friendship with Separatist Ben Kemp has kept him for many years. But Richard soon discovers there is a price to pay for his new-found favour, and that price is betrayal. Caught between love for his friend and his faith in his Church, Richard must make a decision that could cost him his soul.
Set against the background of the writing of the King James Bible, and inspired by true accounts of the community who became the Mayflower Pilgrims, The King James Men is a vivid and moving portrayal of the religious struggles of the age, and the price of being true to your faith.
Historical fiction author Samantha Grosser has an Honours Degree in English Literature and spent many years teaching English both in Asia and Australia. Now, combining a lifelong love of history with a compulsion to write that dates from childhood, Samantha is bringing her passion for telling compelling stories to the world.
She is the author of wartime dramas Another Time and Place and The Officer’s Affair. The King James Men is her third novel.
Although she originally hails from England, she now lives on the sunny beaches of Sydney, Australia, with her husband, teenage son and a very small dog called Livvy.
For more than two years, Rachel Lock has waited for her husband to return from the battlefields of Italy, at last he arrives, yet she is devastated to find he is a different man, a man she cannot love. Disabled and embittered, Danny can never resume a normal life, and though Rachel is determined to restore their marriage, it seems the war has broken their lives beyond repair.
Then Captain Andrews enters the scene, and despite a deep unease between Danny and his former commander, for Rachel the attraction is instant, her heart captured by the officer.
What happened in Italy to make Danny so hostile to an officer he once trusted and admired? And why has Andrews come to visit him in the face of it? As Rachel desperately struggles to shake off the ghosts of the war, she is torn between her loyalties to an empty marriage and her deepest desires. Only one can prevail in this heart-wrenching novel, which delves into the devastation left by the Second World War.