Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Book Review: The Founding

by Cynthia Harrod Eagles

Press Information:

The Founding by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

The first book in the epic bestselling Morland Dynasty series which spans from the Wars of the Roses to Queen Victoria's long reign, where war and famine, peace and plenty, love and loyalty, greed and envy spread the lines of the family throughout the country—into the courts of kings and the salons of the Regency, onto the battlefields of Culloden and the Crimea and beyond.

In The Founding, seeking power and prestige, grim, ambitious Yorkshireman Edward Morland arranges a marriage between his meek son Robert and spirited Eleanor, young ward of the influential Beaufort family. Eleanor is not only appalled at being forced to marry a mere "sheep farmer," but is secretly in love with Richard, Duke of York. Yet, in time, this apparently ill-matched union becomes both passionate and tender, the foundation of the Morland Dynasty, and sustains them through bloody civil war which so often divides families, sets neighbor against neighbor, and brings tragedy close to home.

Special thanks to Danielle Jackson from Sourcebooks for providing this.

I love historical fiction and this one is no exception. Finding a nice mix of history and flare so that you don't feel overwhelmed with detail, is something that is a special trait in authors.

Additionally the time in history is one that doesn't seem overwhelmed with books about it. So a fresh perspective with interesting characters is intriguing.

I will definitely be picking up the next book in this series and recommend the same for anyone else who likes this type of novel.

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