Birthright is a vividly rendered historical novel. Set between the shifting political landscape of Restoration England and the rapidly expanding New World, Hingley offers an unflinching exploration of love and betrayal.”

– Dr. Amanda Foreman, Chair of the 2016 Man Booker Prize and presenter of the BBC / Netflix series The Ascent of Woman


The first part of Mercia Blakewood’s acclaimed adventures – her transatlantic story begins here.


It is 1664…

Four years after Charles II is restored to the throne, Mercia Blakewood stands to lose everything: her father to the executioner’s axe, her freedom to her treacherous uncle, her son to his resentful grandparents. But when her father leaves her a cryptic message in his last speech, she seizes her chance to fight back.

With would-be lover Nathan Keyte and unlikely new friend Nicholas Wildmoor, Mercia must unravel her father’s mystery to find a great prize long thought lost, striving to recover the King’s stolen birthright in the hope of reclaiming her own. From London’s bulging metropolis to the forests of Manhattan she will contend with murder, intrigue and lust, fighting for her future and her life as the town of New York is born.


Can’t wait? Join Mercia straightaway by reading the first chapter here!


Mercia’s travels continue in her second adventure Puritan, available now.