This book is dedicated to my mother, Catherine Ward & to all my family & friends who have given me their wholehearted support & who have always believed in me. A special thank you to my late, Great-Aunt Maggie Anne, for introducing me to the original book all those years ago.
A delightful 21st century fairytale complete with a charming prince and a villainous father. That doesn’t mean the narrative is light and fluffy, far from it.
Norway Ellesea Blog, UK blog tour.
This is a perfect YA book that I really got stuck into and could not put down.
Coffee and Kindle Book Reviews, UK blog tour.
If you are familiar with the classic story of the Prince and the Pauper – this is a modern take on the story. It makes for a lovely read and teaches that there is always a consequence to an action and to make the best from every situation. It also highlights the value of friendship. I would thoroughly recommend if you like a book to take you on a journey and that reads well and easily.
Paula Seal, UK Amazon Customer Review.
CHARITY WORK BOOKS 2 AFRICA
One of the central themes of ‘The Pretender’ is that Sophia is born into a life of poverty while Princess Isabella is born a Princess. When I came to write this story, I was aware that many children in this country and abroad live in poverty and also experience abuse. This was a fictional story in my book but unfortunately for many it's a reality.
HELLO READERS I'M
I am a Devon based author with a lifelong love of literature. I have a particular love of classic fiction novels such as Wuthering Heights, Woman in White and Vanity Fair. These all have dark undertones that enhance the plot with a sense of tension and foreboding. In my own writing, I aim to encapsulate this classic style but within a modern and contemporary storyline.
MY FIRST NOVEL
My first novel ‘The Pretender’ is a modern-day adaptation of the Mark Twain classic ‘The Prince and the Pauper’. This is another of my childhood favourites but due to its age and style of writing it is a difficult read for most modern readers. For my novel, I took all the main elements of the original story in order to stay faithful to it but then weaved them into a brand new contemporary novel targeted at a YA audience.
I'M KATIE WARD
Red Roses - New Novel
Red Roses is due to be released on 31 October 2021 and stay tuned for the cover reveal which will take place on 23 September 2021 to see the very first glimpse of the stunning cover drawn by Emma Haines who also provided illustrations for her first novel. Autumn has hit rock bottom; her fear of rejection has stopped her making any progress in life and after a chance meeting with a stranger on a beach she makes a bold decision to chase her dreams. What she doesn’t realise is that she has just made the decision that will lead to her death. Following the last three years of her life as she navigates the highs and lows of trying to find her place in this world. Red Roses is an uplifting tragedy that shows the beauty to be found in life through love and friendship but also the destructive force of obsession and jealousy. Red Roses is the second novel by Katie Ward, her first The Pretender was awarded a prestigious BRAG Medallion Award in April 2019. This novel is a modern interpretation of the classic tragedy made famous by the likes of William Shakespeare, Charlotte Bronte and Wilkie Collins. Katie has a love of classic fiction and aims to encapsulate these elements in work in order to allow her readers to enjoy these aspects in a modern way.
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Red Roses is the second novel by Katie Ward, her first The Pretender was awarded a prestigious BRAG Medallion Award in April 2019.
This novel is a modern interpretation of the classic tragedy made famous by the likes of William Shakespeare, Charlotte Bronte and Wilkie Collins. Katie has a love of classic fiction and aims to encapsulate these elements in work in order to allow her readers to enjoy these aspects in a modern way.