Necessary Sins


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Claire-Voie Books
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6.0 X 9.0 X 1.09 inches | 1.57 pounds

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About the Author

Elizabeth Bell has been writing stories since the second grade. At the age of fourteen, she chose a pen name and vowed to become a published author. That same year, she began the Lazare Family Saga. It took her a couple decades to get it right. New generations kept demanding attention, and the saga became four epic historical novels. After earning her MFA in Creative Writing at George Mason University, Elizabeth realized she would have to return her two hundred library books. Instead, she cleverly found a job in the university library. She works there to this day. Elizabeth was a Finalist for the James Jones First Novel Fellowship and won Second Place in the Maggie Awards for Excellence. Elizabeth loves chatting with fellow readers, writers, and history buffs. Visit her at


"A feast of a novel by an extraordinary new voice. Haunting, meticulously researched, and exquisitely told through characters so human you'd swear they have beating hearts." - Kathleen Grissom, New York Times bestselling author of The Kitchen House

"From the ashes of rebellion to heart-rending forbidden love, Necessary Sins is a work of art. Bell's voice is a refreshing addition to the genre, and the breadth of her research is impressive. A strong start to a promising series." - Jessica Cale, bestselling author of Tyburn

"A taut, compelling family drama with a fresh and intriguing setting. Necessary Sins will be a welcome read for fans of historical fiction." - Olivia Hawker, internationally bestselling author of The Ragged Edge of Night

"This is an exceptionally well-written and well-researched book, the kind that surely took decades to weave together. And the reader is the beneficiary. ... The author makes one feel as if they have been transported in a time machine..." - Camille Di Maio, bestselling author of The Beautiful Strangers

"A gripping family saga with complex characters, Necessary Sins is lushly detailed and beautifully written. I look forward to following the fortunes of this antebellum family in future volumes." - Susan Higginbotham, author of The First Lady and the Rebel

"Elizabeth Bell is one of the most promising new voices in historical fiction." - Nicole Evelina, USA Today bestselling author of The Guinevere's Tale Trilogy

"In antebellum South Carolina young Joseph Lazare discovers a secret that would ruin his family. Driven to atone, he becomes a priest, only to fall in love with a married woman. In this carefully researched historical novel Bell examines the way race, religion and class weave a web that Joseph may never escape. A thoughtful, vividly imagined and engrossing historical novel, highly recommended." - Sara Donati, internationally bestselling author of The Gilded Hour

◆ Finalist in the Foreword Indies Book of the Year Awards

◆ Finalist for the James Jones First Novel Fellowship

◆ Second Place in the Maggie Awards for Excellence in the category Novel with Strong Romantic Elements

"Necessary Sins is a rare breed of book, invoking family epics of the past such as The Thorn Birds... [Elizabeth Bell] renders a vivid world that truly feels like stepping back in time. ... Extremely highly recommended." - Historical Novels Review