Katherine Woodville's sister never gave her a choice. A happy girl of modest means, Kate hardly expected to become a maker of kings. But when her sister impulsively marries King Edward IV in secret, Katherine's life is no longer hers to control.
©2010 Susan Higginbotham (P)2013 Tantor
"[Higginbotham] hits another historical high note in her latest fictional foray into the British monarchy. . . . This fictional prelude to the Tudor era will appeal to fans of Philippa Gregory's historicals." (Booklist)
History lover, Amateur dramatic and tea drinker.
This is beautiful written and read. We are given a glimpse of an infamous time in history by two characters that are often overlooked, despite their vantage points being quite intimate. The characters are both warm, endearing and sweet.
I love Harry, he can't seem to quite help himself. It's familiar to me.
The First kiss the characters share, the shyness in Harry. That is often unexplored in literature, all men are assumed to be experienced and suave, by harry worries because he is not. It was endearing to see him and his wife fall in love.
When Harry sees things in the cold light of day and is grieved about what he must do to, for his conscience.
Say something about yourself!
It introduces characters not before given much importance int the Plantagenet story/war of the roses and fills in many gaps
Harry Buckingham - I could feel for him from his lonely childhood through to his apparent manipulation by Richard, Duke of Gloucester. later King Richard
No, certainly not. Alison's "little girly" voice all the way through was irritating in the extreme and John Lee sounded like a pedantic but bored history professor. He hardly changed voices/accents all the way through so that I was not always sure who was speaking. They spoilt a good story
I would have felt that way if not for the narrators
Susan Higginbotham brought to life some of the lesser known characters from the Plantaganet era so it is such a shame that the narration did not do any justice to the story
Oh dear - what were they thinking? Where do I start? Well, the story is pretty good, once you get through the bizarre, and frankly awful, narration! I did find the portrayal of Richard too biased, but that may have been more about the way the narrator chose to read - like a Shakespearean villain!
Why two narrators? It just makes it confusing and disjointed - it's like I'm listening to two different books.
Why didn't they consider a consistent approach with the main character? Katherine has a French accent when the man is speaking and an English accent when the woman reads! And yet the man pronounces Beaulieu Abbey correctly and the woman doesn't (I'm from Beaulieu so picked up on this straight away).
At the beginning I wished I hadn't bought this - the man is odd - it's like a combination of Steven Hawking and Tony Blackburn narrating, only a very bored Tony Blackburn!! At first I found the woman annoying but I soon got over that as I got engrossed, but then when the man reads it's like a jolt out of the story. Awful, really poor choice - I'd re-record it if it were me. I'm surprised the author didn't refuse to have it released, I'm sure if I'd read the book myself I'd have loved it, but the narration ruins it.
It teaches me a lesson - always listen to the full sample before purchasing!
fabulously told from am unusual perspective loved it. fills in gaps from p. Gregorys accounts and is very interesting
"Enjoyable historical fiction."
Liked the historical research and human qualities given to the characters. Will listen more by Higginbothum.
Female narrator's pitch too high for me. I had to stop listening. Story is probably good, but for me, the narrator's voice too high pitched.
I enjoyed the narration and the format of when Harry was talking and Kate.
This is the first book in which Ling Richard confesses to the killing of the boys which was interesting .
This was an ok listen, but definitely not a must-listen. The story was a bit flat, and the characters were not that interesting.
Excellent narration, excellent story line. At the very end in the author's notes she goes through the things she changed and/or guessed at. It is a good story of the time of Edward IV as told through the eyes of Elizabeth's younger sister. It swaps back and forth between her point of view and her husbands, Henry the Duke of Buckingham. She does a good job of fold history into the story and yet keeping it as a story that pulls you in and along with it, instead of it reading like a history lesson.
The narrators do an excellent job trading the characters voices back and forth and putting the emotion into the scenes being told.
Definitely recommend this version of this time in history.
The written version was tiresome and unreadable for me. This performance was well done and quite entertaining.
"Great period novel"
I really enjoyed this book. It was well researched and the story flowed, keeping my interest as I did the homework.
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