This is a perfectly good guilty pleasure book, but I couldn't enjoy it. Here's the thing about historical fiction: It needs to have some history. I haThis is a perfectly good guilty pleasure book, but I couldn't enjoy it. Here's the thing about historical fiction: It needs to have some history. I haven't read anything else in the Cousins' War series, so I didn't realize the author is one of those people who really, really thinks Richard III was boinking his niece.
(In case you aren't obsessive compulsive, I'll just say that the "evidence" she's reliant upon for this thesis is thirdhand tripe exaggerated during the Tudor era. Note: The Tudors had to throw all the muck they could at Dicky Three in order to even sort of kind of in bad lighting look like they had a legitimate claim to the throne. Hearsay exaggerated by their tame dogs is not exactly evidence on which I'd like to go to trial.)
Since the entire first chapter has our heroine mourning the loss of her uncle's dingaling, you can see why I almost couldn't read it. However, I was on a cross country flight, my laptop battery was drained, and I've enjoyed some of the other books by this author, so I soldiered on.
Unfortunately, unlike other books by this author, The White Princess is like watching my parents' vacation slideshows on an actual slide projector. Herky jerky with a distressing tendency to skip a few years without warning, and ending in the middle of the trip.
Actual history suggests that Henry VII and his white rose actually loved each other quite a lot, and while his mother (only thirteen years older than he was) was a constant presence, the women managed a good working relationship. They had to, given how often Henry rode off to war - someone had to run the kingdom, and both of these women were raised to rule. In other words, the actual history is fascinating with rich characters and lots of action. I'd give it five stars....more
If you like this sort of thing, this is very much the sort of thing you will like.
It's much better than The Other Boleyn Girl, et al., and I enjoyed tIf you like this sort of thing, this is very much the sort of thing you will like.
It's much better than The Other Boleyn Girl, et al., and I enjoyed that bastard hybrid of historical fiction and bodice ripper. The story's a page-turner, and the characterization quite good.
Now, I don't know the 1200s very well, so part of this could be blissful ignorance. What I don't know about what actually happened can't annoy me and all that. But if you like historical, female-centered fiction with the occasional mild sex scene, this is worth the time spent....more