Pale Rose of England Author:Sandra Worth A prince without a kingdom. A king resolved to keep his crown. The princess they both love. — Award-winning author Sandra Worth takes a fresh look at the mystery of Prince Richard of England, one of the two little princes who vanished in the Tower of London, and his famous love affair with Lady Catherine Gordon, princes... more »s of Scotland.
It is 1497. The news of the survival of Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York, has thundered across Europe, setting royal houses ablaze with intrigue and rocking the fledgling Tudor dynasty. Stepping finally onto English soil, Catherine arrives at the island of Saint Michael’s Mount, along with her husband and young son Dickon, their second child already on the way. With the keen support of Scotland’s King James IV, Richard -- known in England as Perkin Warbeck -- has come to reclaim his rightful crown from Henry Tudor. Based on a prophecy given Catherine by a seer that she would be loved by a king, she has no doubt Richard will succeed in his quest. But rather than assuming the throne she believed was their destiny, Catherine would soon be prisoner of King Henry VII, and her beloved husband would, unimaginably, be stamped as an imposter.
Nothing could shake Catherine’s belief in Richard and her loyalty to the man she loved. She became a favored lady-in-waiting to the queen, Elizabeth of York, but her dazzling beauty only brought her unwanted affections from a jealous king and enmeshed her in a terrifying royal love triangle. With her husband facing execution for treason, Catherine, alone in the glittering but deadly Tudor Court, finds the courage to spurn a cruel monarch and shape her own destiny, winning the admiration of a nation.« less
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I don't like to say bad things about books I know that authors work very hard to write things that people will like but I just have to say. I want my money back!
I found the characters syrupy, one dimensional and wholly unlikeable. I could have care less about Catherine Gordon, or Richard of York/Perkin Warbeck.
When I pick up a novel that wants me to suspend my beliefs and just try to imagine this might be true I want to be convinced. When I finish I want to think yes this sounds plausible. I have serious Yorkist leanings anyway, but this book served no purpose. It wasn't even a good love story. So I give it 1/2 star for good cover art.
Lady Catherine Gordon loves Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York. Richard, known in England as Perkin Warbeck comes to reclaim his rightful crown from Henry Tudor, accompanied by his beloved Catherine. Catherine believes Richard will succeed in his quest. Catherine keeps Richard close to her heart; remaining loyal. A jealous king, Henry VII, admires her beauty bringing unwanted affections, enmeshing her in a terrifying love triangle. Richard faces execution for treason. Catherine, alone in the Tudor Court, must find courage to shape her own destiny in a cruel monarch, yet winning the admiration of a nation. While Sandra Worth's tale is written from her perspective and gathering of information of what she believes happened; the book is well-written. A great read of European history.