Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Review: The Dark Rose

The Dark Rose, Book Two in Cynthia Harrod-Eagles massive Moreland Family Saga makes its U.S. debut this month. The Dark Rose begins in the year 1501 and brings all the intrigue of life at the court of Henry VIII to readers through the eyes of Nanette Moreland, who becomes lady in waiting to Anne Boleyn. Nanette is a good friend to Anne, and witness to her tantrums and triumphs as she leads King Henry VIII on a merry chase for many years. Meanwhile, at Moreland Place in Yorkshire, Paul Moreland works to build the family holdings and diversify their business in the wool trade, making the Morelands one of the most powerful families in their region. These successes are tempered with tragedies of illness and death, foolish, youthful indiscretions flowing into adulthood, and the love, resentment, and jealousies that can often be found in a large family who work and live together.
I enjoyed The Dark Rosebecause of the way the lifestyles of the different classes were described in such detail. Not only do readers enjoy the pomp and intrigue of daily Court life with velvets and jewels, but the supposedly simpler life of those making a living from the land to support the lavish Court lifestyle. For Tudor lovers The Dark Rose brings us another perspective on life at Court with Henry, Catherine of Aragon, and Anne Boleyn and for lovers of romance there's plenty of love and lust both at Moreland Place and Whitehall Palace.
As with the other books in the Moreland Place series, a family tree is provided at the front of the book, to which I referred often while reading. On Cynthia Harrod-Eagles web site there is a map of the fictional Moreland Place and it's surrounding villages, which is fun to have as a reference, also.
I have linked this review to Cym Lowell's Book Review Party, where you can find many other great book recommendations.



jewelknits said...

Oooh! And I just happened over here right AFTER Rundpinne's review that she had linked up at Cym's! So definitely, two great reviews puts this one in the Must-read list for me!

Julie @ Knitting and Sundries

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