Source: Copy provided by publisher
Margaret's story picks up during her childhood and, in the now trademark Gregory fashion, follows her life via a first person narrative as Margaret schemes and intrigues her way through the Wars of the Roses. The major highlights of this turbulent period of British history are all covered here, even if Gregory's historical accuracy misses the mark at times.
Gregory's formulamatic approach has a distinct positive side to it: readers know exactly what to expect. No surprise writing style that disappoints fans of her previous novels. And truthfully, this is a rather smart move on Gregory's part. Not only does it keep her fans coming back for more, but it makes for easy-peasy writing. Just take the same basic outline (her "formula") and fill in the blanks with a different setting and different characters. When the writing becomes easier, the books start coming off the presses at a faster rate....the publisher makes more money, the author makes more money, and the fans keep flocking in. What's not to love?
The downside is that writers like Gregory and Steel, while prolific, are never going to win a Pulitzer. These books don't present any new information or have anything profound at their core. Readers looking for a unique or controversial take on historical figures need not apply here.
But if it's a Gregory book you're of a mind to read, this one won't disappoint. The novel was released in the U.S. today and is available in bookstores everywhere.