Something is going wrong with the computer today and I am only hoping this is going to post properly! I have also not been able to do reviews as much as I would like to due to too much work.
The Sumerton Women by D L Bogdan was a win for me. People who are not very fond of historical fiction would often say I think - isnt there enough books written about the Tudors, set in the Tudor period and particularly about the nefarious Henry VIII and his antics. The thing is that there are so many aspects of the Tudors - and in capable hands of authors like Bogdan who enact a little bit of history again you are once again reading something new about the Tudors!
We find Cecily desperate to hide in her closet or rather in her mother's closet because she knows that her parents have died and this is the closest she is going to come to her mother ever again. Taken away to live with her guardians Cecily is a pleasant lovable child. Growing up to be a young lady with a future nicely planned for her (to marry Bree the son of the house) and live happily ever after. Life throws a few spanners in the works and Cecily is left alone once more. Bree dies, Grace the lady of the house disappears, Mirabella the daughter of the house enters a convent and Cecily cannot live alone with Hal the man of the house. Instead of marrying Bree, Cecily ends up marrying Hal and the marriage is a happy one.
The story continues from there with the background of the Tudor era as a very focal part of the story. The turbulence of the period specially in the context of religion is very much part of the story and the emergence of the new faith as against the old and the effect it had on the era is part of Cecily and Hal's story as well.
It was a easy book to read. Another Tudor era book which I enjoyed.
A few pictures from my Jaffna trip. These are Hindu temples in the North of Jaffna. After 30 years of civil war it is nice to be able to go visit.