Wonderful read. I learned so much I never knew before about so many things, and the story line is compelling. It was hard to put this book down to go to sleep, so I found myself doing with less sleep till I finished it. It was well worth the sleep loss. Fantastic detail.
Some books you read, and you are entertained. Books by Edward Rutherford I like to savor. Painstakingly researched. For historical fiction fans, and for people who like a good story, you can get completely immersed in this book.
Historical fiction is one of my favorite genre, and this book captivated me from the beginning. The author traces several generations of families throughout this particular section of England. He not only spoke of the people but of the forest creatures, and indeed, the forest itself. He goes into a lot of detail much as Michener does in his books, but it held my interest, and I came away with a better understanding of what life was like from the 1500s to the 1800s in rural England.
Very interesting look at the common people of a certain area of England over a 900 year period. History in story form. I found it quite interesting.
Edward Rutherfurd supplies a very thorough historical background to this passionate fictional story that is worth exploring.