Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory Review

I had the wonderful opportunity to review this book for Touchstone via Crazy Book Tour blog. Here is a little information about this book.

The Lady of the Rivers
by Philippa Gregory
Publication Date: October 18, 2011
Publisher: Touchstone

Passion. Danger. Witchcraft . . .

The Lady of the Rivers is #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory’s remarkable story of Jacquetta, Duchess of Bedford, a woman who navigated a treacherous path through the battle lines in the Wars of the Roses.

Descended from Melusina, the river goddess, Jacquetta always has had the gift of second sight. As a child visiting her uncle, she met his prisoner, Joan of Arc, and saw her own power reflected in the young woman accused of witchcraft. They share the mystery of the tarot card of the wheel of fortune before Joan is taken to a horrific death at the hands of the English rulers of France. Jacquetta understands the danger for a woman who dares to dream.

Jacquetta is married to the Duke of Bedford, English regent of France, and he introduces her to a mysterious world of learning and alchemy. Her only friend in the great household is the duke’s squire Richard Woodville, who is at her side when the duke’s death leaves her a wealthy young widow. The two become lovers and marry in secret, returning to England to serve at the court of the young King Henry VI, where Jacquetta becomes a close and loyal friend to his new queen.

The Woodvilles soon achieve a place at the very heart of the Lancaster court, though Jacquetta can sense the growing threat from the people of England and the danger of royal rivals. Not even their courage and loyalty can keep the House of Lancaster on the throne. Henry the king slides into a mysterious sleep; Margaret the queen turns to untrustworthy favorites for help; and Richard, Duke of York, threatens to overturn the whole kingdom for his rival dynasty.

Jacquetta fights for her king, her queen, and for her daughter Elizabeth for whom Jacquetta can sense an extraordinary and unexpected future: a change of fortune, the throne of England, and the white rose of York.

A sweeping, powerful story rich in passion and legend and drawing on years of research, The Lady of the Rivers tells the story of the real-life mother of the white queen.

My review of this book:

Another wonderful book by Philippa Gregory! I love historical fictions and this one did not disappoint! This book is the third book in the Cousins Wars Series. The young and bewitching young woman, Jacquetta from Luxembourg was a very haunting and interesting young woman/character in this story. Philippa Gregory sucked me in right away with this story and the characters. The story was woven very well and kept my interest throughout the whole book. I would highly recommend this book and all of Philippa Gregory's other books in this series and other historical fictions she has written.


Kay said...

This sounds fabulous! Thank you for this wonderful book review.

jenclair said...

Great review! You are obviously a fan. I like historical novels, too. You can learn so much in such an entertaining way.

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Intriguing! You've got us thinking we need to read this Sherri :) Have a super day!

Joni Kotche said...

I heard the audiobook which did not disappoint. Having read "The White Queen" and "The Red Queen" "The Lady of the Rivers" is a wonderful prequel to those sagas.

Thank you for the review. Nice work.

Sherri said...

Joni, I have both of those books on my to read mountains. I love her books!

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