The various characters are always well developed and true to themselves in Philippa Gregory's novels. This time; however, the characters repeat themselves and their thoughts over and over and over. It moved much slower than her other books in this series.
I still enjoyed the book from the historical standpoint, and she definitely got across what the politics and lives of the people of England were during this period. It also illustrates how society had to deal with changing times. I enjoyed Bess's "self made woman" approach to life. She, too, was an example of how society was in transition from royal and noble rule to people rising in status due to cleverness and hard work.
Bress remains my favorite and the character I was rooting for, but her husband was soooo noble and lost in his love and concern as well as caught up in the change of status for the nobles that my heart felt for him as well.
I will use this book to reinforce what life was like in England during this time frame with my fifth grade class. It is so difficult for them to understand just how trapped women of that time were as well as all the political plots which can be applied to politics just about anywhere and any time.
Philippa Gregory is a master at making history interesting. I am basically a fan of mysteries and detective novels. She fits this genre as well as historical fiction.
No, Now I want to begin with book one in the series.
Amazing character voice variations which creates more individuality for each character.
Two loveable tough
guys against the system.
I really get hooked on the these loveable characters who have to solve so many internal as well as external conflicts in their lives. So many "What would I do in this situation?" questions.
Unpredictable intense thriller.
One of the most memorable moments is when Harry is about to die in the Congo and has to perform an excruciating sacrifice in order to keep his promise of saving a woman's daughter.
Robin Sachs IS Harry. His voice expresses the same feelings, pains, regrets, hopes, and fears that Harry does. He is also able to convey the lack of emotions and feelings of the cold hearted charactars as well as those of the pathetic characters.
For every major confrontation Harry has to overcome, I am always hopeful that it will end with the triumphant "eye for an eye" type of justice to result from Harry's selfless efforts. However, Jo Nesbo's never ending repertoire of "justices" gives me the " a ha! " type of insight into each character's inner soul, which fills my fascination for what makes a character tick and reminds me that reality is not always just. We can only hope it is somewhat close.
Now it is time for Harry to get his act together. His pitiful situation of dependency on drugs is wearing thin on me, as a reader. He needs to go out on the winning end in triumph. The author needs to have Harry reborn or start a new character series.
If you like realistic detective stories, the Harry Bosch series makes you feel like you know the characters, the usually two cases per story are easy to follow with just enough suspense to keep you reading. I would recommend that a person begin with the first book in the series and read them all, as Michael Connelly refers to and uses characters from past plots to maintain the realistic life of a detective through the people he works with and has crossed paths with during his lengthly career as a homicide detective. So, I yes, I do recommend this book and the rest of the series.
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