My reviewing has fallen behind mainly because my husband was ill and hospitalised. I dont know the system elsewhere
but here in Sri Lanka someone has to be with the patient 24/7 and in this case it was me. I was able to read quite a
bit whilst in hospital but reviewing had to wait till I got home.
This story though described as medieval romance, is also quite historical. Detailing the life of Joanna and her guardian
Aunt Alice, it also describes in fair detail the intricate, complicated lives of Eleanor of Aquitaine and King Henry and
the King's hold on the lands of both his and his wife and his refusal to let go. He was also of the "divide and rule" policy
even between his sons which certainly did not leave room for sibling love. Eleanor had to fight tooth and nail for the rights
of her sons.
Joanna was a headstrong girl who arrived at the Court as a maiden along with Alice. Alice was a retiring personality who only
wanted to secure a good, secure marriage for Joanna but she had her own ideas and followed her heart. She was swayed this way
and that and also taken advantage of because of her personality, which did not win her any favours either amongst her
colleagues or her suitors.
The story was for me more historical than a romance and one I enjoyed very much.
Sent by Sapere Books for an unbiased review, courtesy of Netgalley.