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REVIEW å YESHLER.RU Õ Anne OBrien FREE DOWNLOAD º The King's Sister 1382 Daughter of John of Gaunt sister to the future King Henry IV Elizabeth of Lancaster has learned the shrewd tricks of the court from England’s most powerful men In a time of political turmoil allegiance to family is everything A Plantagenet princess should never defy her father’s wishes Yet headstron. From the very beginning Elizabeth of Lancaster is characterised as vain prudish and snobbish She is the daughter of a wealthy man John of Gaunt the Duke of Lancaster so as a conseuence she has all the characteristics of a spoilt child And to make things worse she is the sister of the future King of England Henry IV The whole world turns for her convenience and her pompous nature reassures her misplaced sense of superiority as a Plantagenet I hate O Brien s Elizabeth of Lancaster I really doI mean could she love herself any than this When my woman combed my hair to braid it for the night and I inspected my features in my tall looking glass I knew that my husband would have an affection for me Was it possible for s msn of perception not to fall in love with a face as perfectly proportioned as mine There was the elegant Plantagenet nose the dark hooded eyes that suggested a mine of secrets to be explored My lips were uick to smile my brows surprisingly dark and nicely arched and my hair was the same lustrous fairness of my mother whose memory faded from me as the years passed It was a face that promised romance and passion I decided No my husband would be unable to resist and would continue to indulge my desires in a formidable style I was destined to enjoy my future life Get a life girl There is to life than your looksHowever one cannot help but feel sorry for her In spite of her family s wealth power and position she has none herself This is because she is a woman of fourteenth century England she is not a widow or a mother but a daughter to be used for political advantage she is in essence a bargaining chip for her farther The poor girl s reaction to her arranged marriage is unsurprising then Her dreams of a strong husband are crushed when her betrothed turns out to be no other than the eight year old Earl of Pembroke How could my father do this to me My life as an indulged daughter has come to a breathless haltIndeed they have Elizabeth they really have your brattish days are over But this is merely the beginning First you must learn to tolerate your new husband who is akin to your little brother Henry than the man of your dreams he is not the knight you fantasise about he is not that chivalric piece of manhood you wish to share your bed with he is not Sir John Holland the only man you ever wanted But alas he is a child Despite my sympathy and hatred for Elizabeth I did uite enjoy this book I cannot fault the authors writing she has after all masterfully written an annoyingly frustrating character that I would like to push of a castle wall but that s not the point Elizabeth is a product of her time and upbringing though a little bit of looking beyond her own appearance and problems would do her a bit of goodOverall a good solid 3 stars

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REVIEW å YESHLER.RU Õ Anne OBrien FREE DOWNLOAD º The King's Sister Ized the throne Her husband confident to the usurped Richard masterminds a secret plot against the new King Trapped in a dangerous web Elizabeth must make a choice Defy the King and betray her family Or condemn her husband and send him to his death Sister Wife Traitor She holds the fate of England in her han. This is better than The ueen s Choice which I read last week and is recently published I had not intended to read by this author because of that book but had already ordered it from the library where it arrived tout de suite so I read itIt s a bit of a stretch to call it biographical fiction because as the author acknowledges little is known about Elizabeth of Lancaster daughter of John of Gaunt She is on record as being spirited so I guess depicting her as a feisty woman is in this case reasonableThe story depicts her alleged choice between loyalty to husband or family over the taking of the throne by Henry IV her brother that dilemma being occasioned by her husband John Holland being brother to the deposed Richard II an older brother of Joan of Kent s prior marriage to Thomas Holland she later married Edward the Black Prince he attempted rebellion on his brother s behalfMore is known about John Holland than about Elizabeth he was a man dear thus most of it is frankly made up around details known about him The marriage is presented as a passionate romance leading to the dilemma this is naturally fictional and Elizabeth may never have seen any dilemma but held first loyalty to her own family OR she may never have known about his plot the Epiphany Uprising the story presupposes that he told herHistory records that she remarried shortly after his execution and though the book describes her reluctance to marry at Henry IVs reuest history suggests that she married at her own choice causing scandal by doing so without Henry s permission and that her third husband John Cornwall was arrested for marrying her This rather suggests that the great romance between Elizabeth and John Holland did not occur as depicted in this novelAll that aside this was very readable and historically not too annoying as to context of time so I will try a third I am very interested in the period covered and it looks like she has given John of Gaunt some attention Watch this space

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REVIEW å YESHLER.RU Õ Anne OBrien FREE DOWNLOAD º The King's Sister G Elizabeth refuses to bow to the fate of a strategic marriage Rejecting her duty Elizabeth weds the charming and ruthlessly ambitious Sir John Holland Duke of Exeter half brother to King Richard II and the one man she has always wanted But defiance can come at a price 1399 Elizabeth’s brother Henry has se. Anne O Brien just kills meI thought that this novel fell into two very distinctive portions The first was the wooing and falling in love stage of the novel There was little action in this half of the novel from a political standpoint therefore the romance and the development of John and Elizabeth was central Unfortunately I did not warm to Elizabeth she was selfish and vain and I hoped that she would eventually develop into a woman rather than this spoiled child Retrospectively I wish that this first half would have been Book 1 and written from the viewpoint of John Holland He was passionate about Elizabeth and doggedly pursued her despite all political and personal obstacles I wish we could have felt this from his point of view because it wasn t well translated with Elizabeth as our narrator In fact at times I felt only a tense anger between John and Elizabeth Their conversations were so often made in anger frustration and hatred and it ruined the wooing that John was so intent on I found this portion of the novel lacking and very nearly stopped reading the novel altogether The whole section went on for far too long as previously mentioned there was little action and I would much rather have been reading about their relationship post marriageAs it happens I was vastly pleased that I had forged on Feeling much like a stubborn Plantagenet woman myself to be honest The second half was really from the point that political action begins to affect the relationship between John and Elizabeth In this portion of the novel their love is tangible and so emotionally affecting to read The tensions radiating from political turmoil are beginning to affect them and you have a wondrous sense of foreboding as you read a mounting tension that was so lacking in the first half of the novel I feel that Elizabeth has grown into a mature role as wife and mother and she becomes a much likable narrator Her feelings for John and his for her are evident in every conversation even in angry political disputes I hated John for sacrificing that bond in the name of loyalty to Richard who had so freuently cast his brother off and yet I sobbed throughout the entirety of his imprisonment death and through Elizabeth s subseuent grief because I missed him so much and mourned his loss as a character Elizabeth became a strong woman in this isolation and fought for her children and husband proudly even if she did still display these shows of vain selfishness I hated her for supporting her brother over her bond with John but appreciated that it tore her apart to choose anyone but her love Though their love was a deep bond it was not enoughEvery time I thought about Elizabeth and John saying goodbye to each other and then her knowing that he was dead my stomach made this awful flop as though I too were grieving When I read his letter of forgiveness I nearly worked my way through a box of tissues It takes a superb writing talent to be able to affect a reader so emotionally and I absolutely applaud that I don t know whether it is because this is based on real people and real events that you almost believe that it is fact which makes it all the tangibleOverall I think that the whole novel needed to be slim lined because there was a lot of waffle in the first half of the book that almost put me off but I could recommend sticking with it because it was an absolute experience reading the development of Elizabeth and John as a married couple torn apart by familial loyalty but desperately in love Wolfhunter River just kills meI thought that this novel fell into two very distinctive portions The first was the wooing and falling in love stage of the novel There was little action in this half of the novel from a political standpoint therefore the romance and the development of John and Elizabeth was central Unfortunately I did not warm to Elizabeth she was selfish and vain and I hoped that she would eventually develop into a woman rather than this spoiled child Retrospectively I wish that this first half would have been Book 1 and written from the viewpoint of John Holland He was passionate about Elizabeth and doggedly pursued her despite all political and personal obstacles I wish we could have felt this from his point of view because it wasn t well translated with Elizabeth as our narrator In fact at times I felt only a tense anger between John and Elizabeth Their conversations were so often made in anger frustration and hatred and it ruined the wooing that John was so intent on I found this portion of the novel lacking and very nearly stopped reading the novel altogether The whole section went on for far too long as previously mentioned there was little action and I would much rather have been reading about their relationship post marriageAs it happens I was vastly pleased that I had forged on Feeling much like a stubborn Plantagenet woman myself to be honest The second half was really from the point that political action begins to affect the relationship between John and Elizabeth In this portion of the novel their love is tangible and so emotionally affecting to read The tensions radiating from political turmoil are beginning to affect them and you have a wondrous sense of foreboding as you read a mounting tension that was so lacking in the first half of the novel I feel that Elizabeth has grown into a mature role as wife and mother and she becomes a much likable narrator Her feelings for John and his for her are evident in every conversation even in angry political disputes I hated John for sacrificing that bond in the name of loyalty to Richard who had so freuently cast his brother off and yet I sobbed throughout the entirety of his imprisonment death and through Elizabeth s subseuent grief because I missed him so much and mourned his loss as a character Elizabeth became a strong woman in this isolation and fought for her children and husband proudly even if she did still display these shows of vain selfishness I hated her for supporting her brother over her bond with John but appreciated that it tore her apart to choose anyone but her love Though their love was a deep bond it was not enoughEvery time I thought about Elizabeth and John saying goodbye to each other and then her knowing that he was dead my stomach made this awful flop as though I too were grieving When I read his letter of forgiveness I nearly worked my way through a box of tissues It takes a superb writing talent to be able to affect a reader so emotionally and I absolutely applaud that I don t know whether it is because this is based on real people and real events that you almost believe that it is fact which makes it all the tangibleOverall I think that the whole novel needed to be slim lined because there was a lot of waffle in the first half of the book that almost put me off but I could recommend sticking with it because it was an absolute experience reading the development of Elizabeth and John as a married couple torn apart by familial loyalty but desperately in love

  • Hardcover
  • 560
  • The King's Sister
  • Anne OBrien
  • English
  • 23 April 2018
  • 9781848453463