I am not a huge fan of Philippa Gregory and yet I just keep reading her books. I am so intrigued by the War of the Roses that I just can't stay away from her Cousin's War series. Elizabeth of York is a fascinating historical figure and I can't help feeling bad for her in both real life and this story. I must say that I really enjoyed this book. This is probably the first book I've read where Elizabeth Woodville seemed like a pretty nice person and a very loving mother; she was portrayed in a completely different manner in this book than in others I've read. I enjoyed that but I'm not sure if it's an accurate depiction or not. Also, while I loved the fact that Gregory had one of the 'princes in the tower' survive, I was annoyed that she asserts in her author's note that she believes that this version of the story is correct. I feel like sometimes she makes a lot of assertions that she doesn't always back up. Oh well, it was still a good read! 3 1/2 stars.
The Child Thief by Dan Smith
This book reminded me a lot of Child 44 in that it was a mystery set in Stalinist era Ukraine. However, it did focus more on the peasant population and how collectivization affected them. It was a really interesting read because a lot of the story focused on the mystery but there was also a lot of focus on the fear of being collectivized. What I loved most about this book is that I could not figure out who the kidnapper/killer was. When it was finally revealed, I was so surprised because I never in a million years would have guessed that person. The Child Thief is the perfect combination of historical fiction and mystery. 4 stars.
Tarnish by Katherine Longshore
I know I've said before that I am getting sick of Anne Boleyn books but seriously, this is one of the best Anne Boleyn books I have read. It was set prior to Henry VIII's bid for a divorce and his split from the Catholic Church. I loved Longshore's portrayal of Anne: it's probably one of my favorites. She was a very sympathetic and well-developed character. The only thing I didn't like was the constant use of the word 'tarnish'. I got the point she was trying to make but it started to get annoying. Tarnish is the second book in a trilogy and while I liked Gilt (the first book), Tarnish was even better. I can't wait to see what the next book will be like. 4 stars.
All books reviewed in this post were borrowed from my local library.