Posted by: Genny Colby | February 28, 2014

What I am Reading Friday…

I have found the next series that I just can’t put down and want to just read and read!  I have been looking for another book/series that captivates me this way so I am super excited.  What is it you may ask?  The Cousin’s War Series by Philippa Gregory.  The first book in this series is The White Queen which is set in during the War of the Roses.  As the Lancasters and Yorks fight over England, we see the world not through the eyes of the men, but the woman who actually had more power and influence than history gives them credit.  Yes, this is a piece of historical fiction and Ms Gregory I am sure takes great liberties with her story telling, but when you look at the choices made about marriages, it is not hard to see that power that a strong woman would have behind the king.  I will be the first to admit that I don’t know a great deal about this time period, but I am finding it fascinating.  And I  want to learn more it.  Always a good sign!

As Elizabeth rises to power as the wife of Edward, who as claimed the throne for the Yorks from the Lancasters, we see how influential a woman truly can be, as well as how limited her life was within the confines of the time.   As it is told from her point of view, we don’t get bogged down in endless details about campaigns, wins/losses, and political posturing.  What we do get is the story of a woman who will do anything and everything to protect her family, her children, and the legacy to which their father fought so hard to win.

This story is written well, with a great attention to detail.  Ms Gregory has obviously done her research as while I am sure she has taken many liberties with the story, she has also seemed to stay true to the facts as are known today, fleshing out ideas and theories and stories about those that history has either forgotten, or gave little attention.  Her style is easy to read, even if you are not overly familiar with the time frame.  The story flows well, though it may be nice to have more of a family tree than the bare basics as there are so  many siblings, half siblings, cousins, etc that are all interconnected.   This is a story that will grab you and take you back to 1400’s England.  Not always a pleasant time, but one filled with mystery, intrigue, deception, love, and plays for power.

And I finished it in under a week!  Which really goes to show how engaging it was, as I did not want to put it down!  Now on to the second book in the series, The Red Queen.  I am optimistic that I will read this one just as fast…as long as two small humans decide that mommy can stop and relax for 10 min some day!

The Red Queen (The Cousins' War, #2)

What books have captivated your attention?  What series did you find yourself lost in?  What are you reading this week?

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