I admit I was a bit embarrassed reading this one during my morning commutes. When I scored the cheap used copy, I was lucky to get the Alinor falling-I admit I was a bit embarrassed reading this one during my morning commutes. When I scored the cheap used copy, I was lucky to get the Alinor falling-out-of-dress-getting-all-hot-with-Simon cover. Oh boy - and I thought my Angelique covers were bad! Thankfully, the Goodreads reviews weren't lying - this is definitely a "meatier" novel than the cover would suggest – much better classified as historical fiction.
The story revolves around spunky Alinor's and stuffy Simon's spring-winter relationship, which I felt to be a bit contrived at times. She loves him and he loves her but he thinks she really doesn't because he's old and so he's going to be a jerk and she's going to get all upset and then they are to going argue and then... arghh!!
Despite much eye rolling and giggling, or perhaps because of it, I did eventually start to enjoy their story. The predictable happy ending came, though it appears that the bliss won’t be long lasting with bad, bad Prince John lurking on the horizon! (Guess I have to pick up the sequel soon!)
But going back to the "meatier" aspects - I really enjoyed the strong, meticulously researched historical elements. I loved reading about the Third Crusade and the problems back home in king-abandoned England. The Plantagenets are always great fun, especially with conniving Queen Eleanor (err... Alinor) and angry Angevin-descended men! ...more
I picked up this book to learn about a period in history and a woman I knew absolutely nothing about.
I found this to be more of an introduction to 12I picked up this book to learn about a period in history and a woman I knew absolutely nothing about.
I found this to be more of an introduction to 12th century France and England, rather than a biography of Eleanor. At times, any mention of her would disappear for pages, and the focus would shift to her husbands and sons instead. Nonetheless, I certainly didn't mind reading about Louis VII, Henry II, Richard, and John!
This book left me fascinated with the time period and it sparked my interested in medieval fiction, leading me to discover many wonderful writers, especially Sharon Kay Penman and Elizabeth Chadwick. ...more