The Outrageous Fortune of Abel Morgan by Cynthia Jefferies – Book Review



1660, England. War is at an end but for Christopher Morgan, his personal conflict rages on. Haunted by the tragic death of his wife, Christopher is desperate to escape the pain her memory brings, although looking into the eyes of his young son, Abel, he cannot help but be reminded of what he has lost. Over time, father and son develop a strong bond until they are callously torn apart when Abel is snatched by smugglers and sold overseas.

From the shores of Constantinople to the coast of Jamaica, time and tide keep them apart. Christopher will sail across oceans to find Abel, never losing faith that one day they will be reunited, and, as the years pass, Abel will learn that fortune favours the brave.



Set in the 1600’s, this starts with Christopher Morgan arriving at The Rumfustian Inn, his new home, with tiny baby Abel, who is frail and Christopher doesn’t think he will survive…

But, with the care of the Blacksmith’s wife, he begins to thrive….

A close bond begins between Abel and his father, but after an altercation with a local smuggler, Abel is taken and awakes aboard a boat where he is expected to work to eat…

Christopher is distraught…..and believes Abel to be dead…..

However, Abel nearly escapes and sees his father, handing him a package, only for him to be taken again…

Can this map be a clue to where Abel has been taken?

What follows is a ripping yarn of pirates, adventure, desperation and love. It doesn’t shy away from the harsh realities of slavery, servants and abuse, but it also does not sensationalise them. 

Abel learns to be a surgeon, comes into money but his life isn’t all it could be with betrayal and tragedy. It is a story of Abel’s life, from weak baby to a grown man and all between. With little touches of his father’s search for him and his life at home.

Will Christopher and Abel ever be reunited ?

A totally unputdownable masterpiece of historical fiction with a difference …there will be tears.

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book. This is my honest, unbiased review.
You can buy a copy here




Cynthia Jefferies is a long-established writer for children, whose work has been translated into more than a dozen languages. She was born in Gloucestershire and her love of history was encouraged by regular family outings to anything of interest, from great cathedrals to small museums. Having moved to Scotland and back to Stroud, she has always made time to write and her abiding interest in Restoration England has never left her. The Outrageous Fortune of Abel Morgan is her first historical novel for adults.


A father. A son. A desperate search. New 17th century sweeping historical fiction – first adult novel by very successful children’s author (writing as Cindy Jefferies).


Taps into the market for historical epics by Philippa Gregory, Kate Mosse, Ken 

Follett, and Winston Graham’s Poldark series.


Takes the reader on an epic journey from the West Country to Jamaica and Constantinople.


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