I found this book awesome -- easily one of Philippa Gregory's best. Although I still haven't read two books in this series (I am definitely going to re-read this once I get to those), I thought this novel did a fine job of tying up many of the loose ends that exist in the series in exciting, dramatic ways. Reading this book was a fascinating, fun experience. If you like Philippa Gregory and any of the novels in The Cousins' War series, this is a must read. As usual, Gregory's new book was a pageturner -- I was hooked for two days straight. FYI, I was lucky enough to win my copy through the Goodreads first reads program.
*Sigh of relief* I'm finally old enough to acknowledge books not noteworthy for literary merit can still provide real value to a human -- at least this human -- with an imaginative, detailed, absorbing story. Yeah, I struggle with Snobby English Major Syndrome (SEMS) -- one day at a time. ;)
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Shauna B, September 12, 2013 (view all comments by Shauna B)
This is the latest book in the Cousins' War series by Philippa Gregory and boy, she's done it again. Gregory has created a tale full of intrigue that blends historical fiction and fact, thereby creating a juicy page-turner of a read. This story focuses on Elizabeth of York and her tumultuous marriage to Henry Tudor. At the novel's core lies a political marriage seen in all its complexity, tender moments, tense negotiations and angry confrontations. This will be a quick read as you will find you won't be able to put it down!
Caught between loyalties, the mother of the Tudors must choose between the red rose and the white.
Philippa Gregory, #1 New York Times bestselling author and “the queen of royal fiction” (USA Today), presents the latest Cousins’ War novel, the remarkable story of Elizabeth of York, daughter of the White Queen.
When Henry Tudor picks up the crown of England from the mud of Bosworth field, he knows he must marry the princess of the enemy house — Elizabeth of York — to unify a country divided by war for nearly two decades.
But his bride is still in love with his slain enemy, Richard III — and her mother and half of England dream of a missing heir, sent into the unknown by the White Queen. While the new monarchy can win power, it cannot win hearts in an England that plots for the triumphant return of the House of York.
Henry’s greatest fear is that somewhere a prince is waiting to invade and reclaim the throne. When a young man who would be king leads his army and invades England, Elizabeth has to choose between the new husband she is coming to love and the boy who claims to be her beloved lost brother: the rose of York come home at last.
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