Jacquetta, Duchess of Bedford, the mother of Elizabeth Woodville (who is The White Queen in the series), is the subject of this book. I must admit to not knowing much about her before reading it. I kind of wish she’d written/published this book first so the series was in chronological order, but that fact didn’t really take away from the enjoyment of it.
I liked watching Jacquetta grow up and develop from a young girl into a woman and mother and grandmother. She seemed so fragile and innocent, but through the years strengthened and passed her dignity and courage on to her descendants. It was easy to like her and root for her to find love, which she thankfully does with her second marriage. Her first marriage was more or less for the fact that she was connected to Melusina and what her husband thought she could do for him.
Philippa Gregory gets better and better with each book. Everytime I read her newest offering, I can tell that more research was put into the story. I’m glad because anyone who has read PG in the past knows that sometimes she puts her own spin on things. I didn’t find much of that in The Lady of the Rivers – she seems to have done her homework which is appreciated.
Thanks to Anneliese from Simon and Schuster Canada for sending me an advanced readers edition of this book in exchange for my honest review of the book.