Saturday, January 31, 2009
A Constant Heart by Siri Mitchell
From the author of Chateau of Echoes (a really wonderful book, see my review) comes a very well-researched novel about Queen Elizabeth and her court life. It is also a love story involving an arranged marriage. Imagine marrying someone you’ve never met, and having him take one look at you and shun you. Imagine being a virtual slave to a queen who holds your future in her hands. One false move—including falling in love with your husband or wife—will ruin you forever.
Marget wants nothing more than to please her new husband, but he seems to want nothing more than to hate her. She desperately wants to be accepted by the queen and the members of her court, but they seem to hate her without cause. How is she to win her husband’s love? How is she to figure out the rules to the game of court? She does eventually figure it out, but not without grave consequences.
Wow, this book is truly unique. And if you’re a true historical romance fan, you can’t help but lose yourself in the story and the details. It is a bit depressing to learn how Queen Elizabeth treated her subjects, and what the heroine and hero, and everybody else, has to go through, but I promise it has a happy ending. And the romance—ooh la la! It is very romantic, in spite of all the sad things the heroine goes through. I have to recommend this book. It will stay with you for a long time.