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Lady in White Paperback – 9 Mar 2014
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Top Customer Reviews
I love historical novels, particularly about early medieval and slightly later England. The problem with this one is twofold. For one, the historical background is very shaky and not particularly well researched. The author doesn't flesh out the scenery in a way that ordinary life ist just - there. It feels more like having to insert enough historical 'stuff' to make it feel historical. Unfortunately all this approach shows is the lack of in-depth knowledge of the period. I prefer novels where the tapestry of the background is so effortless that I don't even notice the author is weaving it.
The other problem with this book - and that I simply cannot get over - is the completely inept use of language. Just sticking a few archaic sounding words into conversations and descriptions doesn't make the novel authentic. Unfortunately, neither the author nor the editor seem to be familiar with even the most basic research facilities (in this case the Oxford English Dictionary and Wikipedia) where one simple click reveals numerous words in conversations that were not even invented until much later than the time Domning is using them in. Nobody 'sprints' in 12th century England, nor are there 'yokels'. And 'doublets' are short padded jackets worn by men, not women.
As irritating as this rather insulting lack of research (insulting for the reader because the author is asking me to spend precious time on her work) might be, I find the characters flat and not very engaging. Their moods change erratically and their over the top reactions remind me of the stereotyped melodrama of American soap operas rather than of real people.
If you are interested in good historical fiction about medieval England, try Elizabeth Chadwick's novel.
The Queen wants Belle to remarry. Belle would like nothing more than to refuse, but to refuse the Queen is not a good option and so Belle becomes a pawn in a power game.
Secret love, betrayal, honor and a haunting, this story has it all. Denise Domning creates another fantastic piece of reading that captivates and transports it's reader to another time and place.
I highly recommend this book and any historical romance that this author has penned, they are well worth the read.
Characters are given time to develop. Also get a real feel for the Elizabethan period and the various court intrigues.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great read. Thank you. Why the hello do we have to write more when we've said all we want to say?Published 9 months ago by Kipling05
A really good novel .I enjoyed reading about the life and times of the period. Could not put it down!Published on 9 Jun. 2013 by geraldine andrew
I like Denise Domning books. They are well written. The story line in lady in white was good. I recommend themPublished on 3 Jun. 2013 by emma moheb
A good medieval story to get your teeth into. This is the first book I have read by this aurthor. I realy enjoyed this story.Published on 8 May 2013 by P M