50ish retired public radio news broadcaster, female, rancher. I love good writing from historical fiction and interesting, off beat mysteries to history of religions and interesting biography coupled with excellent voicing. I have no use for poorly delivered reading. I'll suffer though so-so writing if the content is engaging, but if the narrator is bad, I'll buy the book and read it myself.
Yes, another great piece of historical fiction told by the incomparable Phillipa Gregory. She combines exhaustive historical research with masterful story telling.
No, I wanted to make it last and last. I was sorry when it ended.
Gregory's inclusion of magic and intuition as legitimate expressions of female power during a time when women were all but stripped of any power is compelling and beautifully rendered. This story of Jaquetta Woodville, a little known character in the back story of the "War of the Roses" is simply stunning. Anyone interested in English history of the 15th century is in for a delicious adventure with this work.
I would recommend this book to someone who loves historic books with fantasy
The reader was very good I really enjoyed her voice and intonation.
The book was long for my taste some parts I could live without it, details that weren't a must to the story.
This book is good but long for my taste, you have to be interestedm in early history, this is the story of the mother of Elizabeth Woodville (the author wrote a book about her too). For my taste there was too much reference to withcraft and goddess etc... But if you like it you will be very happy with this book. If possible this book should be read before the Red & White Queen from the same author.
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This is great Historical Fiction. We really can not know exactly what a woman like Jaquetta thought about her life, but to birth that many children, raise all but one to adulthood, and survive during the violence of the war of the roses gives her heroine status. All the rigid laws and social constraints were no match for such a woman. Gregory creates a likable Jaquetta whose strength comes from within herself and her understanding of her heritage. She is powerful, but not overtly manipulative or inflexible. In these times a great reminder for us to channel our inner River Goddess.
I have read many of Philippa Gregory's books, and love her style, her historical accuracy and the characters she has chosen, but for some reason, I could not wait for this book to end! It was so tedious and I felt as though the same battle was being fought over and over- I know this was more of less the case in this time in history, but I think the story did not have to drag us through each and every one of them. I will still read anything she writes, however.
The Lady of the Rivers is another great book if you are into historical fiction! My only problem is that my memory is not so great so I sometimes have to refer to a prior book that Ms Phillips has written to see where they all fit together! (note: this is not the writers problem but my own and my bad memory!) I just love reading about Europe and their Royalty and Ms Phillips always brings the characters to life! The narrator has also done many other books by Ms Phillips like "The Red Queen", "Queens Fool", "Boleyn Inheritance" and more, I find that this makes the books more enjoyable when the narrator is familiar with the author, the characters and the style of writing. ENJOY!