Rosamund Paperback – 1 Oct 2002
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"Bertrice Small creates cover-to-cover passion, a keen sense of history, and suspense."
Bertrice Small creates cover-to-cover passion, a keen sense of history, and suspense. ("Publishers Weekly") Excellent...sensual historical romance. ("Booklist")
"Excellent...sensual historical romance." --"Booklist"
"Bertrice Small creates cover-to-cover passion, a keen sense of history, and suspense."--"Publishers Weekly"
"Excellent...sensual historical romance." --Booklist
"Bertrice Small creates cover-to-cover passion, a keen sense of history, and suspense."--Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Bertrice Smallhas written thirty novels of historical romance and two erotic novellas. She is a "New York Times" bestselling author and the recipient of numerous awards. In keeping with her profession, Bertrice Small lives in the oldest English-speaking town in the state of New York, founded in 1640. Her light-filled studio includes the paintings of her favorite cover artist, Elaine Duillo, and a large library--but no computer as she works on an IBM Quietwriter 7. Her longtime assistant, Judy Walker, types the final draft. Because she believes in happy endings, Bertrice Small has been married to the same man, her hero, George, for thirty-eight years. They have a son, Thomas, a daughter-in-law, Megan, and two adorable grandchildren, Chandler David and Cora Alexandra. Longtime readers will be happy to know that Nicki the Cockatiel flourishes along with his fellow housemates, Pookie, the long-haired greige and white, Honeybun, the petite orange lady cat with the cream-colored paws, and Finnegan, the black long-haired baby of the family, who is almost two. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The king's man, Owein comes to take her to court, where she finds life very different and catches the already wandering eye of Prince Henry who will grow up to be Henry VIII. To prevent his despoiling of her, she is given to Owein, whom Rosamund believes she could easily love.
Their years together are happy, until tragedy strikes, leaving Rosamund's fate again once in the air. Fortunately, she had made a friend of the young queen, Katherine of Aragon, and is now able to benefit from being owed a royal favor. Not only that, but Henry VIII is now king, and has not forgotten her.
***** Richly detailed and sensual as all of Ms. Small's book tend to be, this captivating portrait of a woman ahead of her time will be a treat for her loyal fans. Almost crossing the line to become historical fiction, it paints a portrait of the Tudor era and life at court that the history books fail to cover. Rosamund is a heroine to take her place among the classic ladies of fiction, dominating every page of the novel and proving her strength time and again. *****
Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.
First, there it is impossible to believe that Rosamund would be as smart as she supposedly is at the age of six years old when we know that she could not even read the alphabet or spell her own name. And yet she understands complicated social politics and what it means to be heiress of her own estate?? And getting a little ahead of myself, the hero apparent for the upcoming sequal FELL IN LOVE WITH A SIX YEAR OLD when he was the mature age (for those times) of sixteen years? Disturbing.
And then the love interests.... I don't even know where to begin! For all intents and purposes Sir Owein Meredith should have been all that Rosamund needed--a grown man, a knight, beautiful and blonde, sought after by all the women of the court. And yet in her reminisence of the man, Rosamund recharacterizes the same as a dry, old bore. I don't think Small knew what she wanted to do with the knight and what she wanted him to represent. One minute he was an angel-haired, smooth knight and the next he was a weak old man with one foot out of the grave. Small vascillated, never deciding whether we (and Rosamund) are to fall in-love with the man...or merely have a fondness for him.
And the relationship between Rosamund and the prince, later King Henry was also difficult for me to swallow. Again, here Small did not seem able to make up her mind whether her main character was a weak, malleable obsequious submissive or a strong, independent, self-possessed heiress. The way she reacted to Henry's propositions, arrogance and bad behavior did not show any of the adroitness or diplomacy she supposedly had been born with and cultivated during her time at court. And more importantly, my high regard of Rosamund suffered as her actions increasingly showed a lack of basic integrity and the goodness Small endeavored to encourage us to believe she possessed.
And the ending...the ending.... Well, all I can say is that while Small's imagination must have been bursting with possible love interests for Rosamund, I think that the quality of romance, erotica, plot and character connection in each relationship should be paid more heed than to the quantity of characters. More specifically, while the Scot thrown into the mix and maintaining a position in the background of the story may have been compelling, it was vasty unsatisfying to have him waiting in the wings and then so haphazardly forced into the limelight toward the end and during the epilogue.
For Shame, Miss Small!
What I enjoy most about Bertrice's novels is her ability to paint history in a fun, three-dimensional way - the strong point of "Rosamund". Rosamund meets a young Henry VIII, befriends Katherine of Aragon and the future Queen of Scots, all in a believable series of events. Each of these characters also has endearing qualities, and I saw them more as actual people than as merely plot devices.
Rosamund herself is a likeable heroine, though she seems a bit bland at times. I was hoping for a bit more fire and spunk, but instead, she came across as cold sometimes. I really liked Owein Meredith - caring, strong, and loyal.
Of course, Bertrice's sex scenes are steamy. But if you're familiar with her previous works, these would seem recycled.
Overall, an enjoyable read. I plan to complete the Friarsgate Inheritance trilogy.
What follows is a mixture of intense passion, sexual exploits, betrayal and deceit. Readers watch Rosamund transform from a tender yet inquisitive girl of six into a bold and courageous woman of twenty-two. Have a knowledge of the world and those around her that surpasses that bondage's of women born during her time, Rosamund is forced to test fate and her ability to chooser her own path.
**** Bertrice Small did an exemplary job of keeping within the timeline of the era in which her novel is set. Rosamund is a gusty, fierce and passionate young woman who, after having been widowed twice and then sent off to the courts of England, is endeavoring to take the reins of her life back and choose her own future.
This novel is very sexually explicit. Small did a terrific job of blending her sex scenes into the story line however I was a little put off by the age in which her main character lost her virginity (and by the age of the man who took it!). I do realize that this is a historical fiction novel and girls in the 14-1500s were married young, most often to men twice their age In growing up in present day America I tend to look at sexually active fourteen year old girls as jail-bait and I had a hard time looking past the main character's younger self. I tended to skip over some of the seedier scenes and I felt that her age detracted me from truly enjoying the entire story. I believe that because of this feeling of unease I am unable to rate this book higher than 4 stars, and would actually feel more comfortable rating it at 3.5.
Regardless of my personal misgivings (and that is all they are), I fully intend to continue reading the Friarsgate Inheritance series and am looking forward to picking up Until You.