The Dark Rose by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles is the second book in the Morland Dynasty series.
While book two wasn’t as good as book one (The Founding review is HERE), I still enjoyed it. I think my biggest problem was that I didn’t come to like or care for any of the characters in a way that made me feel connected to them and their stories. I didn’t feel involved with them which left me feeling like I was standing on the outside looking in and I didn’t care what happened to them either way.
However, the historical detail is amazing and it’s impossible not to get sucked in. Plus I enjoy Harrod-Eagles writing style. I can’t even tell you how excited I am about all the rest of the books in the series. I want to read them all even if this one left me a bit cold. One word that comes to mind is ‘epic’. I can totally see a mini-series being made from these books.
In Cynthia Harrod-Eagles’s worldwide bestsellers, the majestic sweep of English history is richly and movingly portrayed through the fictional lives of the Morland family.
It is 1501, and Paul, great-grandson of Eleanor Morland, has inherited the estate and has a son to follow him. But he fathers an illegitimate boy by his beloved mistress, and bitter jealously between the half-brothers causes a destructive rift that threatens to destroy them all.
Paul’s niece Nanette has her own passions, and becomes maid-in-waiting to Anne Boleyn. At the court of Henry VIII, she witnesses firsthand the events leading up to the rift with Rome, her mistress’s execution, and the further efforts of the sad, ailing king to secure the male succession. And through all the turmoil of Henry VIII’s reign—from drought to floods, from religious reform to court intrigue—the Morlands find new ways to come together while the world seems intent on tearing them apart.
Thanks again to Danielle from Sourcebooks for sending me a copy of the book for review.