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Monday, 4 July 2022

#BlogTour THE MAIDS OF BIDDENDEN by GD HARPER #BookReview @rararesources #TheMaidsOfBiddenden


Delighted to be with you today as the latest stop on the Blog Tour for the wonderful THE MAIDS OF BIDDENDEN by GD HARPER.

My thanks to the author, publisher and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for putting the tour together and letting me be part of it all!

The Maids of Biddenden

‘There is no me; there is no you.

There is only us.’

The Maids of Biddenden is inspired by the real-life story of conjoined twins Mary and Eliza Chulkhurst, born in 1100 into a wealthy family from a small Kent village.

Joined at the hip, the sisters overcome fear and hostility to grow into gifted and much-loved women ­– one a talented musician and song-writer, the other a caring healer and grower of medicinal plants. Entangled in the struggles for power and influence of the great Kent nobles of the time, they achieve much in their lifetimes and leave behind a legacy in Biddenden that survives to this day.

This is the heart-warming and inspirational story of two remarkable women leading one joint life, challenging adversity to become the best they can be.

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Author Bio – 

I became a full-time author in 2016, publishing three novels under the pen name GD Harper. I have been both a Wishing Shelf Book Award finalist and Red Ribbon winner, been shortlisted for the Lightship Prize, longlisted for the UK Novel Writing Award and longlisted for the Page Turner Writer Award. The Maids of Biddenden was a finalist in this year’s Page Turner Book Award for unpublished manuscripts, longlisted for the Exeter Book Prize and the Flash 500 Novel Award, and shortlisted for the Impress Prize. 

Social Media Links – 

Facebook: @gdharperauthor

Twitter: @harper_author



I always loved to be introduced to new characters and periods of history that I knew very little about, and in the case of Mary & Eliza I knew absolutely nothing about them.  But thanks to this wonderful book I feel I've really met these amazing women and just want to find out even more about them!

The author has been inspired by their real story of these women who were born in 1100 to a wealthy family in Kent, and were joined at the hip and whose mother died giving birth to them.  What follows is an amazing story of a family who gave them up to be raised by nuns, and how the women flourished to have their own individual personalities and amazing talents - one became a talented musician, the other a healer.

What you get throughout the book is the strength and support they got from one another.  At a time in history when conjoined twins would be viewed as suspicious and the locals feared them, until they got to know them and see them as women in their own rights.  Their fear was replaced by curiosity and when the girls became sick, the locals pulled together to help look after them.

They always faced negativity, from those close to them and beyond, but they had an amazing mindset that they were focused on their own, and each others' happiness, so they let people get on with things while they pushed on with doing what they both loved.  

The story takes you on an amazing journey of their life and all the relevant historical events that were happening at the time, and I found myself totally caught up with the emotion by the end!  Truly inspiring women and a story brilliantly told!


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