Jun 14, 12
Read from June 08 to 14, 2012
The story follows the life of Mary Howard, daughter of Thomas Howard, Third Duke of Norfolk. I was looking forward to reading this book as I very much enjoyed the author's other novel, Rivals in the Tudor Court. However, the two books have virtually nothing in common (other than the subject, the Howards) and I was quite disappointed with this one on almost every level.
There is very little character development, which is particularily baffling in the case of Norfolk, who was a complex and vivid character in the other book. The writing was also disappointing, with lots of repetition and, occasionally, some rather odd word choices. For some reason, there were tears on every other page (it really got tedious after a while) and I found Mary's and Norfolk's relationship strange and difficult to understand. This one was clearly not for me.