About the Book:
Set in England during the 1400s, we follow Cecylee’s emotional journey from a nine-year-old girl sold into a marriage she doesn’t want, to a mother deprived of her children by a husband she doesn’t love, to an Abbess, remorseful about the murders she advised. Cecylee’s life is set against the backdrop of the end of the Hundred Years War and the Wars of the Roses, the rise and fall of the Houses of Neville and York, and the rise of the House of Tudor.
About the Author:
Born and raised in Surrey, England, CYNTHIA SALLY HAGGARD has lived in the United States for twenty-nine years. She has had four careers: violinist, cognitive scientist, medical writer and novelist. Yes, she is related to H. Rider Haggard, the author of SHE and KING SOLOMONS’S MINES. (H. Rider Haggard was a younger brother of the author’s great-grandfather.) Cynthia Sally Haggard is a member of the Historical Novel Society.
This was my second novel about Cecily, Duchess of York. Both were enjoyable in their own right. This one is geared towards a young adult audience and is available in 4 parts as well as in the entirety to perhaps make for easier reading for younger minds.
This book is written as Cecily’s memoirs written as she is dying. She wants to make sure her story gets told HER way, not history’s way. It follows the course of what is known about her but this book does allow that Cecily had an extra marital affair and that Edward IV was illegitimate. It makes for interesting reading at times. Do I believe she had that affair? That is neither here nor there in regards to this book.
I did enjoy it but I found that at points it dragged, in particular the third “book” in her life; The Gilded Cage. This was the time of wars and the book read rather like a history lesson rather than a novel. I suppose this is somewhat inevitable given the amount of back and forth between York and Lancaster but I still was a bit bored. Perhaps for someone without the basic knowledge of the time period it would not be so tedious.
Overall though it was an enjoyable read of a well covered subject. Cecily is a fascinating woman it is truly a shame that more did not come down through history about her.
You can purchase Thwarted Queen on Amazon.com
The book is also available in 4 parts. See HERE
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Disclosure: I received an e-copy of Thwarted Queen gratis. Any opinions expressed are my honest opinions and were not impacted by my receipt of the free book. I received no monetary compensation for this post.