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by Edith Felber

Genre: Historical Romance, Historical Fiction
Sensuality: MILD
Setting: 14th-century England

2006 Historical Biography Nominee

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Felber (aka Edith Layton) easily moves from Regency romance to historical fiction with this book about Isabella, the wife of Edward II -- a woman as fascinating, complex and passionate as the era. With a deep understanding of Isabella's motivation, Felber brings humanity to a woman whose actions changed the course of history in a vibrant, colorful, intelligent work of fiction.

A child bride at 12, Isabella swiftly learns that her husband is more interested in men. Parliament, wary of Edward's lovers, places Isabella on the throne to rule with Edward. As a result, she moves out of the shadows, ready to take advantage of her position -- especially after falling in love with
Roger Mortimer, a traitor to the
king. Roger helps her to raise a
rebellion against Edward and to
protect her son.

Isabella's story is told in tandem with that of Welsh-born lady-in-waiting Gwenith de Percy. Gwen is caught up
in Isabella's life, and her passionate loyalty allows Isabella to pursue her private agenda while Gwen serves
as her eyes, ears and messenger in
an era of high intrigue. It also presents Gwen with a chance for true love.
(NAL, Nov., 304 pp., $14.00)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: NAL

Published: November 2006

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