Sunday, December 25, 2011

Lady of the English by Elizabeth Chadwick

Lady of the English

Two very different women are linked by destiny and the struggle for the English crown. Matilda, daughter of Henry I, is determined to win back her crown from Stephen, the usurper king. Adeliza, Henry's widowed queen and Matilda's stepmother, is now married to William D'Albini, a warrior of the opposition. Both women are strong and prepared to stand firm for what they know is right. But in a world where a man's word is law, how can Adeliza obey her husband while supporting Matilda, the rightful queen? And for Matilda pride comes before a fall ...What price for a crown? What does it cost to be 'Lady of the English'?

This is my first Elizabeth Chadwick book.  I have read  many books during the late 1400's and 1500's that I figured that it was time to start with the first King Henry and work my way down.   I was glad to see this book and preordered it on Kindle.  Much to my disappointment when it was released the Kindle version was no longer available in Canada (pity you say) .  But what really was annoying was that I was able to purchase the ebook from Chapters and read on my Kobo app - how strange is that?  This is one of my pet peeves about ebooks, but won't go into that now.

Being my first Elizabeth Chadwick book, I had heard many positive reviews about her books and must say that I was not disappointed.  There was a writing style that was easy to read, from the point of views of 2 women.  The only reference I had of Matilda was from Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet (a favorite of mine), which didn't shed alot of light on who she was.   It was an easy read, but still had that depth to it that I look, I love learning about the history of England and surrounding countries.  Looking forward to my journey through the Kings of England in 2012.  

I had just discovered trailers for books now.  Check out the one for this book.

I enjoyed this book very much and look forward to reading more by Elizabeth Chadwick.

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