Book Review: The Founding by: Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

Pages: 560 pages

Received: Publisher for Review

Publish Date: April 1, 2010

Genre: Historical Fiction

Book Blurb:Seeking power and prestige, grim, ambitious Yorkshireman Edward Morland arranges a marriage between his meek son Robert and spirited Eleanor, young ward of the influential Beaufort family. Eleanor is appalled at being forced to marry a mere "sheep farmer"; she is, after all, secretly in love with Richard, Duke of York.

Yet from this apparently ill-matched union, Robert and Eleanor form a surprising connection that soon will be tested by a bloody civil war that divides families, sets neighbor against neighbor, and brings tragedy close to home.

Book Review: The breadth of the devotion this author has shown history should be applauded truly, this is one of the longest book series I have ever seen or heard of. (just had a Count of Monte Cristo movie flashback) Anyway, the history in this book is amazing and with my limited knowledge of the subject area I would say it seems well researched. The book is also well written with generous plot pace and easy character development. I just could not get into this book, it didn't completely draw me in and make me one with the characters. I read the entire thing and I tried hard to get into it but this book just wasn't for me. Maybe it is for you. I think I will give the next book in this series, The Dark Rose, featuring The Tudor court, a try that era is a favorite; I might click better with that one.

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