I've never been a great fan of the Lancastrians, Beauforts or early Tudors, up to and including Edward VI, so trying to sympathise and identify with Owen and Katherine's brood as well as other various, unsympathetic personalities really tests my patience. I always quite enjoy reading about Katherine - but why is no mention made of her adored elder sister, Isabella, second queen of the doomed Richard II? I think she had a very great influence on Katherine's formative years. I didn't much care for the author's depiction of Isabeau of Bavaria and Humphrey of Gloucester - far too black and grim and in contrast there's poor Kate, all pink and white and suffering in silence. I've always quite admired Katherine and Owen's romantic story, but only during her lifetime. When she died, I fail to sympathise with the Tudors anymore, until Elizabeth. So not a great book, too many dark, grim, unlikeable and unrealistic 'baddies'. Even heroic Henry V comes out a villain. Katherine's story deserves more rounding out.