I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I really like to read about periods in history that I'm unfamiliar with and this book really piqued my interest.
To Be I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I really like to read about periods in history that I'm unfamiliar with and this book really piqued my interest.
To Be a Queen has so many good characters. It's hard to choose a favorite! Teasel, as Aethelflaed is called, is a fantastic main character. I was so impressed with her intelligence, poise and inner strength. She made the best of her arranged marriage and she and Ethelred build a relationship based on mutual respect and eventually love. Theirs was an unexpected but beautiful love story. Besides Teasel, I loved Frith. His faithfulness to Teasel was so endearing. I also liked how, despite the fact that he was more of a secondary character, he was still very well-developed.
It was fascinating to read about the battles, politics and customs of the Saxons and Mercians and to see just how devastating the Viking raids were. The author provides a great deal of historical detail and does a really good job of weaving it into the story. As I said above, I know nothing about this period and hadn't even heard of Mercia until reading this book. It was a really interesting period to read about and I have added it to my growing list of things to research more.
The only complaint I had is that the book was a little slow to start but once I got into the story, I was hooked. I would highly recommend To Be A Queen to any fan of historical fiction. 4 stars....more
I've always enjoyed Elisabeth Vigee LeBrun's paintings so when the opportunity arose to review this book, I jumped at it. Becoming Lisette was a such I've always enjoyed Elisabeth Vigee LeBrun's paintings so when the opportunity arose to review this book, I jumped at it. Becoming Lisette was a such a wonderful surprise: Ms. Glenn has given us a well-written portrayal of this talented artist.
Becoming Lisette is an early look at Vigee LeBrun's life, before she has reached the fame and notoriety of her later life. I loved reading about Lisette's passion for art and painting; the descriptions of the colors she used and the way she painted were amazing. I felt like I could almost visualize the paintings as she was working on them.
I also really enjoyed reading about life in Paris during that late 17th century. Lisette's family wasn't very well off while her father was alive so it was interesting to see lower-middle class life and then the jump to upper-middle class life. There was such a huge shift in the way Lisette and her mother lived their every day lives and it was fascinating to see how differently people of various classes lived. I will say that I loved reading about the meals that Lisette and her mother prepared and served. They were so intricate and there was such a controlled structure to how they were served and in what order. It made me want to research French food!
I was a little disappointed with how abruptly this story ended but when I realized that there will be second book, it made more sense (can't wait to read the next one!). Overall, I found Becoming Lisette to be a great book. 4 stars....more
The Lady Bornekova is a delightfully entertaining read. It has a great plot, interesting characters and the just the right touch of romance as well asThe Lady Bornekova is a delightfully entertaining read. It has a great plot, interesting characters and the just the right touch of romance as well as a unique historical backdrop. I had never heard of the Hussite Wars prior to this book and after finishing it, had to resort to Google and Wikipedia to learn more. I thoroughly enjoyed reading a book set in a country you don't normally see in historical fiction and set in an era that is new to me. It's so refreshing (and exciting) to read such a good story that is so 'out of the box' in comparison to other works of historical fiction.
Lady Karin Bornekova is the main character of the novel and she was such an intelligent and likable character. In a time when women weren't allowed to have opinions, she had strong convictions that were outside the mainstream and she was willing to sacrifice everything for those convictions. I definitely admired her strength and tenacity as she stood up to her father and other people in her life who tried to prevent her thinking and believing the way that she did.
The story had a bit of a mystery to it and while I could easily see who the perpetrator was, I still enjoyed the strange occurrences that seemed to plague Karin. Even when everything was revealed, I was still a bit shocked by the cause and impetus for all that she had to endure. Also, there was, what in my mind seemed like, a cliffhanger ending to this story. It seemed to me like the author might have more to say about Karin's life during the Hussite Wars and I'm very hopeful that she does. 3 stars.