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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Blog Tour, Contest and Review: The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory

The Lady of the Rivers
by Philippa Gregory
Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 978-1-4165-6370-9
Release Date: October 18, 2011
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Description: Jacquetta, daughter of the Count of Luxembourg and kinswoman to half the royalty of Europe, was married to the great Englishman John, Duke of Bedford, uncle to Henry VI. Widowed at the age of nineteen she took the extraordinary risk of marrying a gentleman of her house-hold for love, and then carved out a life for herself as Queen Margaret of Anjou's close friend and a Lancaster supporter - until the day that her daughter Elizabeth Woodville fell in love and married the rival king Edward IV. Of all the little-known but important women of the period, her dramatic story is the most neglected. With her links to Melusina, and to the founder of the house of Luxembourg, together with her reputation for making magic, she is the most haunting of heroines

The Good Stuff
  • Wonderfully authentic, and obviously thoroughly researched
  • Intriguing storyline with Jacquetta's relationship with Joan of Arc
  • You can feel the respect and love the author has for her subject matter
  • History really comes alive & what could have been a seriously dull story is brought alive by the authors imagination
  • Liked the witch-craftish moments woven into the story, again livens up what could have been a dull story
  • Author is a gifted storyteller and brings alive some fascinating characters that history has sorta just skipped over.
  • Learned a lot about the history of the War  of the Roses, which I have to be honest I knew barely anything about (I usually get hooked on all of the  Henry VIII and Elizabeth I era novels)
  • Intrigues me to do some further reading about Jacquetta's daughter Elizabeth Woodville
  • Fabulous Bibliography for further readings
  • Extremely helpful Family Tree and Map
  • Would have liked more about Jacquetta's later years which Philippa alludes to in the author's note - that sounds intriguing and should have been put in and maybe skipped the dull popping out baby chapters
The Not so Good Stuff
  • Could have really benefited from some editing, there is a lot of repetition in terms of always having to mention the characters name and their status
  • OK I know this is really picky but it did affect my enjoyment of the book. I know its is very authentic in terms of a women's role in society during these time, but the constant mentioning of being a proper lady and doing what one was told by a man made me want to gag
  • Jacquetta isn't an awful likable strong character during most of the story (again very authentic, but it did irritate me)  She sorta notices the poor but does nothing about it , and a bit of a doormat, which differs from the description of her for the book
  • Certain chapters just jump through years and really could have just been left out - basically for a while she is in country side popping out babies and coming back to court once in a while -- its a wee bit dull and again, I think some better editing would have tightened up the story and made it a more interesting read
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"He was  Edmund Beaufort's older brother, but he made a fool of himself in France and came home and died, so promptly and conveniently - just ahead of a charge of treason - that Richard says it  was by his own hands and was the only good thing he ever did for his family."

"A spell and a prayer and knowing your desire are all the same thing."

"Elizabeth draws a circle in the air wither her forefinger, the sign for the wheel of fortune, which can throw a woman so high in the world that she can command a king, or pull her down to this: a dishonored agonizing death."

Who should/shouldn't read
  • Fans of Philippa Gregory's previous works will enjoy
  • Anyone with an interest in the history of The Wars of the Roses

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