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.
I hope your husband is feeling better. My mother has been in hospital for the past week (hoping for discharge today). I visit daily but there's no requirement for a family member to be there 24/7.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing about this book. I've always been intrigued by Eleanor.
Eleanor has long been a favorite historical figure for me and I think I might find this book featuring individuals at the court interesting. I appreciate your review.ReplyDelete
Best wishes for your husband's speedy recovery.
I'm so sorry that your husband had to be hospitalized.ReplyDelete
Eleanor is a fascinating character.
Having a loved one hospitalized is so stressful. Hard to do or even think about much of anything else.ReplyDelete
I'm so sorry to hear about your husband and I hope he is feeling better. There isn't that requirement here but there's still a lot of sitting around if you're a family member. This sounds like an interesting read!ReplyDelete
I'm so sorry to hear about your husband. I hope he's doing better.ReplyDelete
The book sounds good.
I hope your husband is feeling much better, and that you have a chance to recharge your own batteries. Here in the US, almost all hospitals have set visiting hours when family and friends are allowed to spend time with loved ones. During the height of Covid-19, the visiting hours were greatly reduced, which meant that I spent most of each day I was hospitalized by myself.ReplyDelete
I am sorry to hear about your husband and hope he is doing better, Mystica.ReplyDelete
Sorry to hear that your husband was so ill. I hope he's doing better!ReplyDelete
I'm sorry to read about your husband, I hope he is doing better. We do not have a 24/7 policy in our hospitals. Just a (1) visitor during visiting hours(fully vaccinated) since COVID.ReplyDelete