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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Tudor Rose by Margaret Campbell Barnes

The Tudor Rose by Margaret Campbell Barnes
Publisher: Sourcebooks Inc.
Genre: Historical
Length: Full (309 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

One woman holds the key to England's most glorious empire in this intimate retelling of the launch of the Tudor dynasty

A magnificent portrait of Elizabeth of York, set against the dramatic background of fifteenth century England. Elizabeth, the only living descendant of Edward IV, has the most valuable possession in all of England—a legitimate claim to the crown. Two princes battle to win Britain's most rightful heiress for a bride and her kingdom for his own. On one side is her uncle Richard, the last Plantagenet King, whom she fears is the murderer of her two brothers, the would-be kings. On the other side is Henry Tudor, the exiled knight. Can he save her from a horrifying marriage to a cut-throat soldier?

Thrust into the intrigue and drama of the War of the Roses, Elizabeth has a country within her grasp—if she can find the strength to unite a kingdom torn apart by a thirst for power. A richly drawn tale of the woman who launched one of the most dramatic dynasties England has ever seen, The Tudor Rose is a vibrant, imaginative look at the power of a queen.

She’s about to become the Queen of England. She’s just been snubbed by the French royalty. Her uncle wants to marry her to ensure the throne stays in the family. She enters into a loveless marriage in order to retain the throne. How does she keep her wits and her heart intact? Read The Tudor Rose and find out.

We read sweeping stories of English royalty filled with whimsy. This story delivers the fantastic mixed with a dose of realism. Elizabeth’s life wasn’t easy, despite the luxury surrounding her. Ms. Barnes shows us Elizabeth’s human side without regret. The scenes in this story are rich with detail and history. You feel like you are truly there with them.

I wished Elizabeth got more than children out of her marriage to Henry Tudor. The mother of the future Henry VIII never found that one true love of her life and though she grew from the experiences, she became a bit bitter. I liked that she possessed a mind of her own in a time when women were considered emotional second class citizens. She had spunk and drive, but because she cared about her country the most, she ruled with her head. I would’ve liked for her to be a bit fierier in her emotions when speaking to her husband, but that wasn’t appropriate for the times.

If you want a historical novel filled with history and intrigue, then The Tudor Rose is the novel for you.