This was quite short compared with the previous books. I finished it in 2 days. Thats got to be some sort of record?
This book covers the approximate era of 1550-1580, and we see the Morland family further evolved. They face the changing challenges thrown at them, as all families should. There is the inevitable wave of weddings, deaths and babies. She doesn’t focus on each family minutely, but by giving us snippets of each branch then we can truly see how far-flung the family is.
I always try to keep a body count with this book but I always fail. It was so tragic how many of the women in the story perished in childbirth. True to the times, and the book also has its fair share of murder. But, something Harrod Eagles does incredibly well is make the monarch in the story, whether it be Henry VIII or Elizabeth I, dare I say it…human? Breathing life into stiff historical characters is no easy task if its to be done well. The presence of the now-elderly Nan Morland was also excellent because it almost represents the dying of the old and the beginning of the new.
The next book, The Oak Apple, deals with a time period in history which I know nothing about so it will certainly be a learning experience for me. A wonderfully written saga.
MY RATING: 4 / 5.