A Daughter of Warwick

A Daughter of Warwick - Julie May Ruddock I really enjoyed this look into the life of Anne Neville. I have always enjoyed anything with her and Richard in it, starting when I read "The Sunne in Splendor" by Sharon Kay Penman. I was engrossed in this read as it expanded upon her life and the turmoil that she lived through. This was a time of change for England as Henry and Marguerite de Anjou were removed from power and Edward assumed the throne. With his unpopular marriage to Elizabeth Woodville, the country was again thrust into to turmoil as people voiced their displeasure of the news, not least of all was Anne's father, the Earl of Warwick, one of the most powerful men in the country.

In the midst of all of this, Edwards younger brothers, George and Richard, come to live at Middleham, the childhood home of Anne, and learn from her powerful father. The two immediately strike up a friendship, which turns to love for both of them, unbeknownst to the other. When George and Isabel hide Anne away where Richard cannot find her, he scours the countryside until he finds her, and makes his intentions of marrying her known. The love story between these two is one of magic and happiness in a time where there wasnt much to be happy about. After the death of Edward and the discovery of his dubious marriage status, Richard assumes the throne, and he and Anne are thrust deeper into the politics of the time, and away from their precious son.

The unfolding of this story and the life that Anne Neville lived was truly amazing, and almost a real Cinderella story. There were a few parts in the book that I was not thrilled with, but overall I loved the book!