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A FASCINATING JOURNEY,
This review is from: Mistress to the Crown (Paperback)
When a disheartened young woman seeks spiritual and religious assistance to void her (non) marriage to Mr Shore, she is met with nothing but a series of metaphorical brick walls. But faith always leads to hope, which leads to life, which leads to absolutely anything. So a few years down the track, when Lord Hastings graces the Shores' place of business with his presence, it is actually the Hand of Fate holding the door open for Hastings to step through to reward our heroine for her patience.
As things turn out, it appears that Hastings himself is in fact a metaphorical doorway to greater things and it soon becomes apparent that our Ms Shore is destined to lay with (*gasps*) the King of England. The first time they meet is an early comical highlight of the book as she threatens to kick him in the ghoulies if he "...dares to lay a hand on her... ". I had to stifle a giggle /guffaw at this, and at once I fell in love with the character of Lisbeth, as well as the book itself. The writing is light and the story so far is not is not trying to be a heavy handed history lesson. Prt one of this book is more of a romantic comedy set in medieval England.
Any who, the story begins to liven up and mature very quickly, just like the relationship between King Edward and his delectable mistress. A series of events transpire to test their mettle and the bonds linking the two souls begin to strengthen faster than they realise. War is looming with France and treachery lies everywhere for our favourite King and poor Lisbeth is making enemies faster than the poor girl can think. But her time spent with Ned makes her a happy soul and thanks to the lively and realistic writing style from Ms Martyn, we find that reading MISTRESS TO THE CROWN is an absolute pleasure.
Time passes. Goals are achieved. Families and friends are not what they seem, and enemies are made. Thus is the life of a woman destined to be mistress to the King of England.
Such is the price of love.