Monday, January 13, 2014

Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours Book Review: Isabella

Publication Date: September 3, 2013
Cool Gus Publishing
Paperback; 218p
ISBN-10: 1621250911

She was taught to obey. Now she has learned to rebel.

Isabella is just twelve years old when she marries Edward II of England. For the young princess it is love at first sight – but Edward has a terrible secret that threatens to tear their marriage – and England apart.

Who is Piers Gaveston – and why is his presence in the king’s court about to plunge England into civil war?

The young queen believes in the love songs of the troubadours and her own exalted destiny – but she finds reality very different. As she grows to a woman in the deadly maelstrom of Edward’s court, she must decide between her husband, her children, even her life – and one breath-taking gamble that will change the course of history.

Does she submit to a lifetime of solitude and a spiritual death – or seize her destiny and take the throne of England for herself?

This is the story of Isabella, the only woman ever to invade England – and win.

Review: I've read about Isabella's later years in a book by N. Gemini Sasson.  Reading about her marriage to Edward II was truly enlightening.

Most of the time when queens are worried about their lack of attention from their husband it is because of a mistress. In Isabella's case, her problem is the king's best friend, who happens to be a little more than his best friend.

Ah the problems of royalty.

The even bigger problem Isabella faces is that she seems much smarter than her husband even as a girl in her teenage years.

It is impossible not to feel sorry for her. She was raised to be queen, and she had certain expectations, but Edward wasn't the King she thought she would be married to.

Even worse, it had to be difficult to be married to a man who didn't really want to be king in the first place and when his lover was killed, he took his anguish out on the nation, and it really fell on Isabella to save England.

It is no wonder she had to do what she did to save the throne.

This was a very fast paced novel, at times maybe a little too fast paced, but a very enjoyable read.

Rating: 4 flowers


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