But in the 1490s, a young man appears at the courts of Europe claiming to be Richard, duke of York, the younger of the boys, and seeking to claim his rightful throne from England's first Tudor king, Henry VII. But is this man who he says he is? Or is he Perkin Warbeck, a puppet of Margaret of York, duchess of Burgundy, who is determined to regain the crown for her York family? Grace Plantagenet finds herself in the midst of one of English history's greatest mysteries. If she can discover the fate of the princes and the true identity of Perkin Warbeck, perhaps she will find her own place in her family.
©2009 Anne Easter Smith; (P)2009 Random House Audio
Overall a fun story. Great listening. At times I couldn't put it down and at times it was a bit slow. Good entertainment.
Anne Easter Smith writes like she's being paid by the word, with mind-numbing minutiae, repetitions of events as if the reader is ADD. There are points where the story becomes so confusing and others which put the reader to sleep. The biggest problem is the use of the word "bastard". It's well-known that many monarchs had children without benefit of marriage. Going into this story, we know that Grace Plantagenet was the illegitimate daughter by King Edward IV. However, the author feels it necessary to call Grace and every person of dubious birth "bastard" so many times that it becomes offensive. If the reader received $1 dollar for every time the term is used, you would be a millionaire within the first 30 minutes!
Grace Plantagenet comes off as a naive, spoiled, less than intelligent woman who confuses a puppy-love infatuation with a cousin with real undying love. For a person who was fortunately plucked out of a convent for life as a minor noblewoman, she gets a bit confused about her place in life. She claims to be in love with another (her cousin, John of Gloucester, the illegitimate son of Richard III and another excuse for Smith to use the word "bastard") yet she marries another as a virgin, but goes to her husband's bed on their wedding night like a practiced courtesan. Yet almost immediately she feel "guilty" about her loyalty to her cousin and never submits to her husband again. PLEASE!!! Grace was nothing more than a servant in the homes of her stepmother and stepsister, with no money of her own, but without the charisma of a Cinderella, until her husband gave her a chance at a future. Then all she does is whine about nothing, pines over a man she can never have, and is hardly grateful for those who helped her when she could have ended up as an unhappy nun.
Call this "Reediculus Basterd"!
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