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Saturday, August 7, 2010

The Red Queen By Philippa Gregory

Yesterday I wandered in to my local library to find that our Librarian has been listening to my endless pleas to order Gregory's latest The Red Queen. Our library  has very limited space so my chances of finding newly released books are slim so seeing it on the shelf was a surprise to me.I grabbed the book and headed home to devour this issue of the Cousin's war. Margaret's story was so much more interesting that Elizabeth Woodville's her determination to get her son on the throne was one heck of a story. I usually do not enjoy the battle scenes in books but some how Gregory seemed to pull me in the battle and I thoroughly enjoyed imagining the scenes as the unfolded through out the last few chapters. I would have to say I was rooting for Henry all the way. The only thing I could say that I did not enjoy was the constant reference to Joan of Arc. I could  understand using it at the time when Margaret was a child because she considered Joan her hero  but as she got older it seemed to wear on my nerves. All in all this was another great read from Gregory.
Monday, August 2, 2010

the Founding Cynthia Harrod Eaagles ( Morland Dynasty Bk 1)

Seeking Power and prestige , grim, ambitious Yorkshireman Edward Morland arranges a marriage between his weak son Robert and Spirited Eleanor , young ward of a an influential Beaufort family Eleanor is appalled at being forced to marry a mere "sheep farmer" She is after all, secretly in love with Richard, Duke of York. Yet from this apparentlyill matched union Robert and Eleanor form a surprising connection that will soon be tested by a bloody civil war that divides families , sets neighbor against neigbor, and brings tragedy close to home.
My Thoughts:
The Founding was a wonderful ride through history for me. I had picked this book up a few months ago and tried to get in to it but I had too much going through my own busy life as a mother to really devote time to it. So last week when things calmed down I picked it up again determined to finish it. I am glad I gave Eleanor a second chance to tell me her story. In the beginning she came off as sort of spoiled but as the chapters went on I could see her grow She could come off as a Woman who ruled her family with an iron fist but once you get in to the middle of the book you see her develop as a strong woman who really made a name for her self and put her family on the right track to being successful.There is so much packed in this first volume of the Morland Dynasty introductions to the family members. Wars, lost of loved ones. So much drama here to keep you turning the pages and rushing out for the next volume of the series. 
I am glad I already have a copy of The Dark Rose which I will be starting today as I cant wait to see how the family members take on the burden of Morland Place.