Denny S. Bryce's Books of Inspiration

By Allison and Busby

Denny S. Bryce's Books of Inspiration

By Allison and Busby

Here’s her list of books that inspired THE OTHER PRINCESS and contributed to her approach to researching, drafting, and structuring the novel. Also, she reviewed several of these titles for National Public Radio or the Washington Independent Review of Books as a book critic.

Island Queen: A Novel

Vanessa Riley


A biographical historical fiction standard, in my opinion, tells the sweeping, remarkable true-life story of Dorothy Kirwan Thomas, a free Black woman who rose from slavery to become one of the wealthiest landowners in the West Indies.

House of Gold

Natasha Solomons

£8.99 £8.54

An epic saga about an Austrian heiress who must choose between two ‘families’ offers a rich narrative about a woman’s complicated ties to two worlds.

Yellow Wife: Totally gripping and heart-wrenching historical fiction

Sadeqa Johnson

£9.99 £9.49

A harrowing tale of the life of an enslaved woman in Virginia in the 1850s, this novel tells a challenging story, but it's written with such sensitivity, skill, and passion; the page-turner is also an uplifting read.

A Single Thread

Tracy Chevalier

£8.99 £8.54

A Single Thread focuses on a woman who, in 1932 Britain, was defined as ‘surplus,’ alone in the world, with no chance to marry because of the Great War’s impact on the male population. Although the character is 38, Violet Speedwell’s story is a coming-of-age tale in many ways. Chevalier is skilled at telling a big story through the little things that make a character unforgettable.

Jane Eyre (Easy Classics)

Charlotte Bronte

£16.99 £16.14

The classic novel is cited as one of the first novels to focus on a character's moral and spiritual development. This fact is evident by the story’s attention to the obstacles faced by the young Jane, which formed so much of her adult character’s strengths and weaknesses.

To Kill A Mockingbird: 60th Anniversary Edition

Harper Lee

£8.99 £8.54

Another classic novel that I reread, working up to writing The Other Princess. In this novel, I was taken by how the author used narration to bring the story of events in the lives of a young girl and her brother to life.

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