Thursday, February 17, 2011

11 Pale Rose of England (A Novel of the Tudors) by Sandra Worth

Title: Pale Rose of England (A Novel of the Tudors)
Author: Sandra Worth
Publisher: The Berkley Publishing Group
Publication Date: February 1, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-425-23877-6
paperback, 450 pages
availableAmazon | B&N | Book Depository

Summary: It is 1497. The news of the survival of Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York, has set royal houses ablaze with intrigue and rocked the fledgling Tudor dynasty. With the support of Scotland's King James IV, Richard-known to most of England as Perkin Warbeck-has come to reclaim his rightful crown from Henry Tudor. Stepping finally onto English soil, Lady Catherine Gordon has no doubt that her husband will succeed in his quest.
But rather than assuming the throne, Catherine would soon be prisoner of King Henry VII, and her beloved husband would be stamped as an imposter. With Richard facing execution for treason, Catherine, alone in the glittering but deadly Tudor Court, must find the courage to spurn a cruel monarch, shape her own destiny, and win the admiration of a nation.

I must confess that I love history, especially when it comes to the Tudors. I've read one other book by Sandra Worth, The King's Daughter. I really enjoyed that book so I was eager to read this one as well. This novel is about Lady Catherine Gordon of Scotland and her marriage to Richard Plantagenet. Richard claims to be the authentic heir to the English throne. King Henry VII will not rest until every threat to his crown is eliminated. Henry mocks Richard and calls him Perkin Warbeck. Catherine Gordon believes whole heartedly Richard is who he claims to be. This book had me captivated. Sandra Worth wrote a compelling novel. I'm not that familiar with Catherine Gordon or Richard Plantagenet but I feel like I know them after reading this book. Of course this book is fiction but Worth does her research well. This book starts with the arrival of the young naive couple on English shores. They have big dreams and lofty goals. However fate had different plans for Richard and Catherine. Their lives are full of heartache, loss, and grief. Catherine is a strong character. She is beautiful, smart and loyal. My heart broke for her many times while reading this book. This book is an emotional roller coaster ride but in a good way. Worth's portrayal of these historical characters is amazing. I found myself hating them and sympathizing with them at the same time. Overall this book is great. I strongly recommend it.

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*summary and cover taken from Good Reads
* I received a copy of this book for review purposes only. This in no way influenced my opinions. 
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11 comments:

  1. Thanks for the review. I've always had a fascination with the Tudors and my favorite place to visit when I lived in England was Hampton Court. Your imagination of the Tudors can run wild there.
    Ann

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  2. I love Tudor history. I think it's safe to say that I'm obsessed. I'm always looking for new titles in that genre. Do you have must-reads of Tudor history?

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  3. @Cozy in Texas, I would love to visit England and go to Hampton Court. I'm so envious of you. :D

    @Jacqueline I agree. The book cover is great!

    @Jenn I've really enjoyed these books by Sandra Worth. I think they're my favorite Tudor books. I've read a few books by Philippa Gregory, The Virgin's Lover and The Other Boleyn Girl and they were good. A lot of people really like PG. What are your favorite Tudor books?

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  5. Amazing review!! I loved it and am adding this book to my wishlist super fast. :D :D

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  6. Thank you @Sharyla. I hope you like it. :D

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  7. I saw this one in Barnes and Noble the other day and it was SO hard to walk away (since as you know I'm obsessed with the Tudors..LOL) But I have met my quota of buying books for awhile...*sob*

    Great review Marcie!

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  8. This one has intrigued me since I first saw it floating around the blogosphere; yours is the first review I have read, and it sounds like one I want to add to the list :)
    I have not read this author before, but it sounds like you are two for two with her!

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  9. I recently got into Diane Haeger. She writes about Tudor history but usually picks the "minor" people that history somewhat skims over. The Secret Bride was really good.

    I've read a lot of PG and I like her too.

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  10. @The Book Girl I hope you do add it to your list :D I've liked both books I've read by Sandra Worth.

    @Jenn I've not read anything by Diane Haeger. I'll have to put her on my list. I like authors who write about the minor characters as well.

    @Kelsey, LOL I know all about meeting book buying quotas. IF you get the chance you should read it :D

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