Friday, September 16, 2011

The Lady of the Rivers

The Lady of the Rivers
by Philippa Gregory

"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. "

I cannot tell you how thrilled I was to be asked if I wanted to review Philippa's new book, Lady of the Rivers! I almost wanted to respond back, "Yes, DUH" LOL! Philippa is a fantastic writer and I love the skill she has for taking a few historical facts and weaving them into an amazing story! I've never been a huge history buff, but I have always loved the period she writes about here (No, I have no clue what the name of this period is LOL).

I first became entranced with Philippa when I picked up The Other Boleyn Girl and she has yet to let me go. I'm slowly working my way through all of her books and I have yet to find one that does not thrill me.

Lady of the Rivers kept me up until the wee hours of the morning, too fascinated with Jacquetta to sleep!

Thanks to Touchstone Books for offering me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion!


Kristie said...

I'm so glad you got to review a book that you had already wanted to read! How great is that!? :-)