Saturday, November 8, 2014
New Review: Sandra Worth’s THE ROSE OF YORK: LOVE AND WAR – 1st in a Great Trilogy, a Love Story Wrapped in Excellent Historical Fiction
LOVE AND WAR tells of Richard and Anne’s early life, before he became king, when they were first childhood friends and then bonded sweethearts, though still in their teens.
As a young boy, Richard of Gloucester (“Dickon”) is forced to flee England with his cousin, the Earl of Warwick (“the Kingmaker”), to save his life and that of his brother, George, while his older brother Edward stays to fight the Lancasters. When Richard returns at the age of 9, he meets 7-year-old Anne Neville, Warwick’s daughter, and the two children instantly recognize each other as kindred spirits.
Though Anne eventually is forced to marry the Lancaster heir, Edouard, son of Marguerite d’Anjou, he is slain in battle, and she and Richard finally hope to marry. Instead, because of treachery by Richard’s brother George, the couple encounters another devastating obstacle that threatens to part them forever.
You will be amazed at how these young people, as young teens, accomplished so much and carried such a great weight of responsibility. If it weren’t history you would criticize the author for making the young characters seem too adult. But it really happened.
If you like a lot of history with your love stories and find the wars between the Houses of York and Lancaster fascinating, this is the series for you. The three books form the continuing saga of Richard’s life.
The Rose of York trilogy:
LOVE AND WAR
THE CROWN OF DESTINY
FALL FROM GRACE