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The Conquered Heart by Denee Cody

It’s 1170 and Dermot MacMurrough is desperate to regain control of his kingdom from rival Rory O'Connor. He pledges his daughter and the lands she’ll inherit from him to the powerful Norman earl Richard de Clare. A proud Irish Princess, Eve (Aoife) is none too thrilled with the match but princesses must do what princesses must do and she eventually weds him. As desirable as Richard finds Eve, he still yearns for his lost love Rosamund Clifford, who King Henry II took as his mistress. Can he forget Rosamund in Eve's embraces? Can Eve learn to love Richard, hated Norman or not? Will her father's constant betrayals and shenanigans keep the two apart? Can their marriage withstand the hatred the Irish have for the Norman invaders as well as the bigotry the Normans carry against the Irish?

The Marriage of Aoife and Strongbow (1854) by Daniel Maclise

 I found this to be a light, entertaining read with a nice blend of history and romance. The sex was fairly tame compared to what's in today's romances and outside of a couple of anachronisms and a bit too modern speech out of Eve at times it was good fun. The Rosamund Clifford twist was an interesting one, and gives a good basis for some of the *tensions* between Henry and his otherwise loyal Earl. The story is based on people and events that really happened and for those who are fans of Elizabeth Chadwick's The Greatest Knight and The Scarlet Lion should note that Richard and Eve are the parents of Isabel, who went on to marry my favorite hunk in history, William Marshal. Not the greatest book ever written but still entertaining when you're in the mood for a lighter read and a bit of romance. 3.5/5 stars.


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Apr. 11th, 2010 07:08 am (UTC)
I have to agree, I wrote my review immediately after reading it but now that a few weeks have gone by I keep wishing it had more detail so that in the end it did not feel so light.

It definitely made me want to read more with the same characters and I have discovered two more books about them, one by Mary Pershall and the other by Morgan Llewellyn, I'm still looking for them to add to my pile...
Apr. 11th, 2010 12:58 pm (UTC)
I've got the Mary Pershall book on the way, I must have mooched it before you :)
Apr. 11th, 2010 07:36 pm (UTC)
I hope it's a good one!

I never read Pershall but now I put the whole series on my WL, just waiting for them to appear at BM ;-)
Apr. 11th, 2010 07:37 pm (UTC)
The anonymous was me, forgot to enter my ID...
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After spending the day job chasing contractors for money I like nothing better than to settle down into my favorite chair with a book and the cat and immerse myself in the past. I've been reviewing on Amazon for several years and just started this LJ blog for fun and to share my love of books with others. I must be doing something right, last time I checked Amazon said I had 49 fans!

I get most of my books from the library with the occasional ARC from Amazon Vine (although my success rate with that program is poor to middling). I know most people shy from writing critical reviews and maintain the old adage "if you can't say something nice...." but after making the mistake of reading Pillars of the Earth I discovered that if I had looked at those one and two star reviews I would have thought twice before wasting time and money. Not every book is for every person - even with those I have very similar reading tastes.

Favorite authors (in no particular order), Sharon Kay Penman, Elizabeth Chadwick, Dorothy Dunnett, Anya Seton, Daphne Du Maurier and last but not least Dumas Pere'.

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