A girlfriend suggested that I read the new historical romance, The Kingmaker's Daughter by Philippa Gregory.
‘Is it good?’ I asked.
‘Yes,’ she replied, ‘but I have to warn you, everyone in it is named Edward.’
I can handle that, I thought and I bought it.
Well, she was right, there are a lot of Edwards and Richards in the history of the British monarchy and a lot of them did make an appearance in this book.
But, also as promised, I did enjoy the novel.
The Kingmaker's Daughter is a story about Anne, the daughter of the man known as the "Kingmaker," or Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick. Anne is the second daughter of the Earl and the novel traces her life, starting as a young child at court, through her two marriages, one at the age of fourteen and another that eventually places her on the throne.
Throughout the novel, we see how, although Anne achieves her father's and her countries greatest ambition, this doesn't necessary ensure her happiness or keep those she loves safe.
I found the novel confusing at times, as it jumped between the stories of many historical characters, but it was still a fascinating pager turner. In fact, I found myself going to the computer a few times to Google the different historical characters to find out what really happened to them and their descendants. If I’m curious enough to do that, then I have to believe the author did an excellent job in re-creating them.
The only thing I could have wished for in this novel was a happy or at least a happier ending, but when you base a novel on reality, I guess that can't always happen.
If you like historical fiction, read this, I think you'll like it.
4Z’s / 5Z - because you’re going to lose some sleep - you'll stay up late wanting to finish just one more page....