Wednesday, January 29

Book Review: White Heart by Sherry Jones

Author: Sherry Jones
Title: White Heart 
Genre: Historical Fiction, Short Story
Pages: ebook
First Published: April 3rd, 2012
Where I Got It: On my shelf (Amazon)

"A woman's power lies in her beauty. For years, Blanche de Castille, the White Queen of France, has lived by this maxim—passed on by her grandmother, Eléonore d'Aquitaine, as she took the girl to marry King Louis VIII. When her husband dies unexpectedly, however, Blanche finds that beauty is not enough to hold, and command, a kingdom against usurpers eager to wrest the Crown from her woman's grasp. Faced with an English invasion, barons' uprisings, and slanderous rumors, Blanche must look within herself for the strength she needs to guard the throne for her young son. Her bold response shocks the kingdom and shapes her into the formidable, seemingly heartless mother-in-law to Marguerite of Provence, wife of King Louis IX (Saint Louis) and the eldest of the "Four Sisters, All Queens" in Sherry Jones's forthcoming novel."

Like earlier stated this is a short it's going to be rather short. It was about 100 pages, so things are going to happen quickly.

First off...I simply LOVED how this book started. Normally people in power ignore rumors or just say its not true and brush it off. However, Queen Blanche takes it a step further to prove her innocence. Took a lot of courage to pretty much strip naked in front of the court and those tongue-wagglers. Tsk on them. 

From page one I realized I really liked Queen Blanche. Throughout the 100 pages I grew to be very fond of her and look up to her of sorts. She had had many trials which would make a lesser person fall. I would like to read more about her. This was a very nice introduction. Also...I would like to read more about her husband, the King. It seemed a like a true love match. Very rare in those times and especially of those in the higher class. 

The only thing I wasn't too keen on was the large jumps in time without warning. There were a couple, but on the majority side there were no warnings. is a short story, but still...I like warnings. 

In the end, I really liked this. It was a good introduction to not only the characters, but also to the author. I can't wait to read more of her stuff in the future. I would recommend this to those that like historical fiction and Sherry Jones. Fantastic. ^.^ Out of five stars I shall grant this 5 stars. 

Favorite Character(s): Queen Blanche, Louis IX, & The Cardinal
Not-so Favorite Character(s):The traitorous barons 



Blodeuedd said...

Sounds cool :) But yes big jumps can be annoying

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