Also China Miéville, Peter Hamilton, good space-opera, No Zombies, Apocalypses, Women who sigh and go weak at the knees when seeing a man!
At which time the novel does a disservice to her readers by simply ending the book.
I have to say I was disappointed that I was plowing along through Katherine, enjoying the level of detail the research and good writing both of which went into this story, which is based in much history and some historical fictionalization, when boom, the writer simply wrapped up everything in 10min. She told the story of the future of Katherine's life and death and that was that.
After reading so much I felt a bit bitter. I would have preferred to have lived the rest of her life with Kathleen but at least she was left in the happiest place possible. I knocked off a star for the abrupt ending.
I have been an avid Audible listener for several years and have listened to hundred of books and have never written a review. This will go down as one of my favorite of all times! A beautiful novel, wonderfully written. I am terribly sad it is over! If your a fan of books such as Pillars of the Earth where characters bewitch you and leave an imprint on your heart, this book is certainly for you.
Accurate, insightful, fascinating
Katherine is my favorite character because she is real. She has faults, but she is tenacious, strong, and usually does the right thing. She was a real person in history who is fascinating.
Katharine and John of Gaunt
Anya Seton is historical fiction right. Her books are meticulously researched and historically accurate, and she brings the characters to life. Her books are mesmerizing. I've read her books numerous times and am now listening to what I can find on audio books. I would love to find My Theodosia and The Turquoise on audio book.
Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt were pivotal to the future of dynastic reign in England. This is a good story and if well researched, still a little too much romance for me.
escape, indulge, enjoy
The meticulous details without being boring. Felt Like I knew the characters and was familiar with the place and time.
No, and I found her pleasant and was part of the story
Katherine, I admire her strength and honesty
I was sad when I finished the book!
The focus of the story is John of Gaunt and his relationship with Katherine. Many episodes of wars, uprisings, treachery, blame and forgiveness pepper the tale of their love and many separations, with stories based on historical events but amplified by the author's skill in storytelling. A worthwhile read.
I read Katherine in the 70's, but I think audio in general is better than the print. Biased a bit here.
The historical relevance of Katherine's life to the monarchy. This is faithful historical fiction, and detail was paramount to believably.
When John kissed Katherine after her wedding, and thought, "Oh,my!"
Probably Katherine herself. She and I have a lot in common, so our dialogue would be relaxed.
This was my first Anya Seton book. I got it on a lark, and I'm so very glad I did. What a great writer. I really enjoyed the love story of Katherine and Robert. It was well told.