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The Queen of Last Hopes by Susan Higginbotham, review

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PRODUCT DESCRIPTION (from Sourcebooks):

A man other than my husband sits on England’s throne today.

What would happen if this king suddenly went mad? What would his queen do? Would she make the same mistakes I did, or would she learn from mine?

Margaret of Anjou, queen of England, cannot give up on her husband—even when he slips into insanity. And as mother to the House of Lancaster’s last hope, she cannot give up on her son—even when England turns against them. This gripping tale of a queen forced to stand strong in the face of overwhelming odds is at its heart a tender tale of love.

Award-winning author Susan Higginbotham will once again ask readers to question everything they know about right and wrong, compassion and hope, duty to one’s country and the desire of one’s own heart.

In The Queen of Last Hopes, Susan Higginbotham tells her readers the story of Margaret of Anjou.  While there are several books that re-tell The War of the Roses, seldom can an author bring history alive the way Susan does in this piece of historical fiction.

So much propaganda is written about Margaret, who was sent to England in order to marry a king in the hopes of peace, that it was refreshing to read something that shows her as something other than a ‘she wolf’ (check out Susan’s guest post about why she thinks Margaret got such a bad rap in my next post).  I like her.  What mother wouldn’t do whatever she had to do for her child?  Margaret was given a voice in this book and a chance to change people’s perceptions of her.  Thank God.

This book is next to impossible to put down once you start it.  I love how  characters get to voice their points of view in different chapters of the book.  Make sure you read the chapter headings or you might get confused as to who’s speaking.  I was seriously impressed, once again, at the research Susan must do to create a story that is fresh and interesting about a time in history that is written about quite a lot.  I think even the most devout Yorkist may be swayed, even if only slightly, after reading this one.  That being said – Go Lancaster! 🙂



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