PALE ROSE OF ENGLAND
Worth’s study of the rise of Plantagenet England through the War of the Roses moves into one of the most intriguing and scrutinized aspects of history. Did Edward’s son Richard die in the Tower? Through the eyes of Richard aka Perkin Warbeck’s wife, Lady Catherine Gordon, the rebellion takes on new light. Worth creates a love story amidst war, a history filled with glorious people and an unforgettable female character who triumphs when others fail; whose faith and love move a king and who has been lost to history until now.
Scots-born Catherine Gordon marries Perkin Warbeck, Richard of Gloucester, in a political move, but it becomes a love match and Catherine truly believes her husband will be king. Instead her marriage leads to war as the royal house of Tudor claims her husband an imposter. After Richard loses his fight Catherine is brought to Henry VII’s court as prisoner and lady-in-waiting to the queen. Her beauty makes her a target for Henry’s affection and entangles her in a love triangle she has no desire to be a part of. Her only concern is Richard. She tries to keep the king at bay while attempting to save her husband’s life. When that fails she forges her own destiny once more finding love and peace at last. (BERKLEY, Feb., 464 pp., $15.00)