A Reader's Respite is pretty certain that we are the only historical fiction fanatic left on the planet that didn't have a shelf full of Elizabeth Chadwick novels.
Shameful, isn't it?
We recently went about rectifying that tremendous oversight with a copy of The Time of Singing. Set in 12th Century England in the court of Henry II, The Time of Singing is based on the life of Ida de Tosney, mistress to the king and later the wife of Roger Bigod, Earl of Norfolk.
This is just plain good, solid historical fiction, folks. Chadwick follows known history to the letter and the gaps are filled with mesmerizing, yet plausible, fiction. Character development reigns supreme here with one of the best characterizations of Henry II ever put to paper.
Ida is a touching heroine and the chronicle of her marriage to Bigod is both heart-rending and gritty in turn. In short, it's realistic....no fairy tales here.
And the icing on the cake? Just drink in that cover, folks. No blurbs and Ida has her head intact.
What a refreshing read.
As we look at the list of Chadwick books we have to look forward to, we feel a little like a kid in a candy store, he he.
We know, we know. You're wondering where the giveaway of this one is. Nuthin' doin'. This copy is inscribed and even if it wasn't, this historical fiction deserves a permanent spot on the bookshelves.
But you can get your own copy here!