Historical Novels Both Inform and Entertain Us
I love a good historical novel, and while all three of these were good, I particularly enjoyed “Pale Rose of England.”
The Betrayal of the Blood Lily
By Lauren Willig
New American Library, 2011, $15
Willig, in a continuation of her Pink Carnation series, scores once again with this historic tale set in India. Penelope Deveraux, now Lady Frederick Staines, finds herself shipped off to India with her new husband. Their marriage, the consequence of being caught in a compromising position, offers little good except in the bedroom.
Prior to her departure, Penelope's sister has asked her to keep her ears open for information about a spy called “The Marigold.” Little does she know that she will find herself right in the middle of all of the intrigue, along with Captain Alex Reid.
This series is wonderfully crafted and offers just the right amount of romance with historical accuracy.
Pale Rose of England
By Sandra Worth
Berkley, 2011, $15
This historical novel tells the story of Lady Catherine Gordon, who travels from Scotland to England. As the wife of Richard Plantagenet, who many believe is the true king of England, Catherine knows they risk their freedom as Richard and his followers try to regain the throne.
When Richard is captured, the king sends his men for Lady Catherine and their son, Dickon. Dickon is taken from Catherine, and Catherine remains a prisoner, albeit in the castle, only able to look forward to her daily visits with Richard. As with any story revolving around royalty of that time, there is lots of intrigue behind the scenes.
I found Worth’s book interesting and informative, especially with the author’s notes about Lady Catherine.
Chasing the Sun
By Kaki Warner
Berkley, 2011, $15
The last of a trilogy featuring the Wilkins family, “Chasing the Sun” focuses on Jack, the youngest brother. Jack hasn’t wanted to settle down on the family ranch with his brothers and probably never will. A chance relationship with a California singer leads to the birth of a little girl, but Jack, having gone to Australia, doesn’t discover he’s a father until a year or so later. By then Daisy and her daughter have paid a visit to the ranch where Jack’s family has taken them in. Daisy has an opportunity to be the protegee of a singer, and her intent is to go to Italy. Neither wants to hold the other back, and of course, neither wants to make the first move.
This series offers a most enjoyable reading experience.
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