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Sunday, September 14, 2014

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My review of The White Princess by Philippa Gregory

About the book:

When Henry Tudor picks up the crown of England from the mud of Bosworth field, he knows he must marry the princess of the enemy house—Elizabeth of York—to unify a country divided by war for nearly two decades.

But his bride is still in love with his slain enemy, Richard III—and her mother and half of England dream of a missing heir, sent into the unknown by the White Queen. While the new monarchy can win power, it cannot win hearts in an England that plots for the triumphant return of the House of York.

Henry’s greatest fear is that somewhere a prince is waiting to invade and reclaim the throne. When a young man who would be king leads his army and invades England, Elizabeth has to choose between the new husband she is coming to love and the boy who claims to be her beloved lost brother: the rose of York come home at last.

My review:

I love Philippa Gregory's novels. So far every one that I've read has held my interest to the end. This one was a bit more challenging than others for some reason. It took me a lot longer to read than usual, despite the interruption in my life and routine that made reading anything challenging. I did identify with the heroine and loved how the story ended with the White Princess finally understanding what Queen Anne went through when she -- Elizabeth, the White Princess -- was the apple of King Richard's eye. I liked how it tied to the other book, Lady of the Rivers, which I found very hard to put down.

The element of the missing York princes and the legend of what may have happened to them - which no one knows for sure - mingled with curse Elizabeth made with her mother on whoever killed prince Richard, became a subtle, yet integral part of this novel. I loved that element of intrigue. Also, the fear and trepidation that Elizabeth's husband went through as long as the people of England wanted to replace him with a York Prince made this story tie into others I've read as well. I felt for Elizabeth and hurt for her being forced into a loveless marriage with a king who essentially raped her in the beginning. There was no love in their marriage, and if she had been anyone other than a York princess, the fate of being matched with the usurper, pretender Tudor King would not have taken place.

All in all, this was a good story about what it may have looked like during the time when the Tudor's feared that their throne would be taken over by a York. The ending left me feeling a bit sad, and I agree that the guilt felt by the king was well-deserved. The coolest part is that the next segment of the story follows history. Arthur marries Kathryn of Aragon and dies, thus she is remarried to Henry, who becomes the famous Henry VIII, who is well known for his many wives and lack of a legitimate male heir, resulting in the Virgin Queen.

I would recommend this book for history lovers and for people who enjoy books that tie together, even if they are released out of order.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Going to start writing again because I am compelled to...

Isn't that how it works? We (writers) get these intense thoughts and emotions that must be typed onto the page and expressed. It's kind of like an itch that you can't leave alone. At least that's how I see it. In this life we will have trials and struggles, so why not write and get some of that emotion out there, eh? I find writing about emotions that can't always be expressed (for various reasons) very therapeutic.

Anyone have any thoughts on this?

Saturday, August 23, 2014

I'm back... Yes, for real. It's true. Let's catch up a bit.

I have been away from my blogging for far too long, but I am back on track now. I left my blog for a while because my life imploded and I filed for a divorce. I have an order of protection in place so there is no contact between myself and my ex. Then I started seeing my first boyfriend who helped me flip my house so I could sell it for a profit. He lost his wife to cancer about 2 1/2 years ago and we ended up getting married in Tombstone after he helped me flip my house back in March of 2014. It happened kind of fast and sometimes I still can't believe I am married to a different man after being married to someone else for 23 years. We decided to get married after my divorce and the very next day we were reciting our nuptials. Then we bought a house together in May of 2014.

To summarize, I have been more than a little bit preoccupied with all of the major changes in my life. But now I plan to get back to blogging, reviewing and working on writing to finish up a few self-publishing projects I'd started over a year ago.

I am also doing paid critiques through a very well-respected author/editor and feel privileged to be part of her team. So if you need a good critique and you are willing to pay for one, let me know and I will refer you to the person who hired me. Just let her know you are interested in a paid critique and want to have me do it. BTW, I critique romance novels, both Christian and secular, so if that's what you've got, I'm on it.

Here is a picture of myself with my new spouse. I think it's hilarious because it looks like I am going to kill him if he doesn't sign our marriage license. It was all part of our Tombstone wedding theme.

So what do you think?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

This movie has the catchiest tune ever for its theme song. I saw it at the theater and loved it. Lots of political humor.

I know, I know, I haven't posted in awhile. I am going to get back on track soon, I promise... my life has just been crazy the past six months.

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