Really good, quick read. I loved it!!
What a unique concept! A woman who is not only intelligent, knows her own mind and what she wants of life, but is also willing to obtain it? Unheard of, especially in Henry II's court. As consort to the King, Marguerite knows what she wants, and isn't afraid to use all the intrigue of the time to get it. as with many things in life, things don't go her way, and she's forced to marry a many far away from Henry's court. This was an excellent addition to Ms. Brisbin's medieval stories; she's a truly talented writer with a gift for the time period.
This is an excellent book, great characters great read. I was very pleased. Looking forward to reading more by this author.
I thought this was an uneven story, in the sense that I liked the hero but didn't like the heroine very much! I found Marguerite a somewhat unsympathetic person. Yes, the King arranges a marriage for her, and she's lost the King's love and her power as his mistress, but at the same time, Orrick is really sweet and tender and loves her from the instant he sees her. It's not like she's being dragged to the altar to marry some toothless smelly old bear. After a few chapters, I got a little tired of Marguerite's longing for her past life, and I wanted her to realize more quickly how lucky she's actually been to be married to Orrick.
The other thing that made me feel that Marguerite was an unsympathetic person is the fact that she gives up her daughter by King Henry without one pang. Although it was probably historically correct to have Marguerite surrender her daughter to a convent to be raised, giving up the baby daughter just struck a sour note with me.
Perfect read for when you're in bed with a cold and don't want to strain brain cells!