This historical fiction is seen through the eyes of Grace Plantagenet, the illegitimate daughter of Edward IV. This is a great premise for a book since history has recorded little information about Grace and the story can go any direction the author wants without refuting historical facts. I love books about this period in history and was excited to start this book, but I was not drawn in to this story at all.
Grace lives a sheltered life in a convent until she is thrust into the world of the royal court at an impressionable age. This young girl comes of age during the battle for the crown and learns how deceitful, complex and dangerous it is to have royal blood and ambitions for the crown.
There is some romance in this book but it doesn't permeate the entire book. Grace is in love with her cousin, John who is a Plantagenet and he involves her in the fight to get the crown back for the York family. The mystery of the princes in the tower intrigues Grace and together with influence from her cousin John she remains loyal to the York family while Henry VII is on the throne which sometimes endangers herself and her family. She has conflicting interests since her half sister, Elizabeth is the queen married to Henry VII.
When Perkin Warbeck appears claiming to be the long lost Prince Richard, Grace's interest in the story of the princes in the tower is renewed. The story sounds interesting, but unfortunately I was bored by this point in the book. This book spends too much time on Grace's life which is not that interesting.
Although Grace is a likeable, innocent heroine and I enjoy historical fiction, the writing didn't quite have that quality where I just couldn't put the book down. I appreciated the glossary in the back of the book to explain terms from the 15th century.
I have just finished The King's Grace. As always with Anne's books I am in awe. I just didn't want it to end. The detail of the travels and various scenes in the book made me feel as though I was there with Grace. The happiness and the sorrow I felt with joy and tears. I love Anne's books and will wait anxiously for the next book.