I have enjoyed other Margaret George books I have read - Henry VIII, Cleopatra, Mary Queen of Scot and Helen of Troy. I have a lot of interest in Elizabeth I. I have always found her one of the most intriguing women in history. I had absolutely no interest in Helen of Troy. So why did I enjoy the Helen novel and not the Elizabeth novel? That is a question I am asking myself. Typically the joy of a long book is that you get to know the characters so deeply. The author mentions at the end that Elizabeth's contemporaries felt they never knew what Elizabeth was thinking and I felt the same about the author. I couldn't feel for Elizabeth because I didn't know her. I didn't feel attached to any of the characters. It felt hollow. There were some very interesting facts that I was unaware of about both people and events. Had the book been shortened in half I could have still found those out and known just as much about the characters. What didn't help is I found the reader unbelievable. If George was confused about Elizabeth's character Reading seemed lost. Maybe I would have enjoyed the book better if I had read it myself. If Margaret George writes another book I will buy. Even the best writers have a book that just isn't as good as the others and the author had set herself a high level to meet. I don't think I will try the reader again though, unless it is for something fluffy.
The story is incredible and the narrator did an outstanding job.
I don't think I will forget any of it.
Betsy is such an amazing woman.
Yes. However, I think it took me three sittings
A story of hope, love and forgiveness. A story of God's grace in a time of suffering. A story that reminds me that He will carry my burdens.
This was a fantastic book. I enjoyed the writing, I learned a lot about Rome that will stick with me. Each emperor was distinct and so well written that I will remember them easily now. The history seemed right on. I do however like having an author's note at the end to explain what was fact and what was not. I really liked the reader as well. He was superb. If you like historical fiction you will find this book interesting. I read Roma when it came out and it was really enjoyable as well.
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