Thursday, May 1, 2014

Daughter of York by Anne Easter Smith

History tells us that the intelligent, wealthy, and powerful Margaret of York had everything any woman could want, except for love. The acclaimed author of A Rose for the Crown takes us between the lines of history and into her heart.

It is 1461: Edward, son of Richard of York, ascends to the throne, and his willful sister, Margaret, immediately becomes a pawn in European politics as Edward negotiates her marriage. The young Margaret falls deeply in love with Anthony Woodville, the married brother of Edward's queen, Elizabeth. But Edward has arranged for his sister to wed Charles, son of the Duke of Burgundy, and soon Margaret is setting sail for her new life. Her official escort: Anthony Woodville.

Margaret of York eventually commanded the respect and admiration of much of Europe, but it appears to history that she had no emotional intimate. Anne Easter Smith's rare gift for storytelling and her extensive research reveal the love that burned at the center of Margaret's life, adding a new dimension to the story of one of the fifteenth century's most powerful women.

Paperback, 557 pages
Published February 12th 2008 by Touchstone
Audio version 23 hrs and 16 mins

Anne Easter Smith is fast becoming one of my favorite authors.  Her books are hefty in size and I feel perfect in audio format.  A Rose for the Crown was a favorite of mine and I was not disappointed with Daughter of York.  Staying put in the late 1400's with Edward IV the king of England this book focused on the life of his sister Margaret.

Chocked full of vivid details this book was a wonderful representation of not just the life of Margaret but her mother Cecil and brothers George and Richard also.  I loved how overlapping scenes from A Rose for the Crown were depicted in this book also.  Married to Charles, Duke of Burgundy Margaret did not have an easy life, but she endured what was required of her.

This book definitely shows that the author knows her history and the staggering amount of research that went into this book, is clearly evident.  I like her writing style and feel that it represents the time period perfectly.  I love the authors notes at the end, explaining details and any slight changes to enhance this story were explained.

I honestly don't know if there is a set order to her books but I will continue to read (listen) to them.  

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for this lovely review, Margaret. The book Margaret is still my favorite protagonist, although her mum, Cecily, is only inches away! As for an order to the series: If people haven't read any of them, they might want to start with Cecily's story in "Queen By Right," followed by "Rose for the Crown" "Daughter of York" "Royal Mistress" and the last chronologically is "The King's Grace." Thanks again!