Title: Time and Chance
Author: Sharon Kay Penman
Rating: *** 1/2 stars
Group Read: Medieval Junkies
I have some major gripes with this book and with the author. The last two books which I read were nothing less than sensational. In The Sunne in Splendour, I was inside the heads of Edward IV and Richard III. I understood the dilemmas and felt the pain and joys of each man. I was present on the battlefields and laughed when they laughed and cried when they cried. With WCAHSS, I was inside the brains of Stephen and Maude and I understood the plight of each.
I was so excited to continue the series and learn about Henry II, Eleanor of Aquitaine and about the Henry II/Thomas Becket feud. What I got was a diappointing story of Ranulf, Henry II's uncle. I was inside the brain of Ranulf and understood his dilemma. However, what I wanted, was to be inside the brains of Henry II, Eleanor of Aquitaine and Thomas Becket, not Ranulf who isn't even a historical figure. Instead of being told that Henry II had an Angevin temper I wanted the author to show me. Give me indepth examples. Instead of saying that Eleanor is a brilliant woman show me, give me examples. I feel all I really know about Eleanor is that she gave birth to tons of kids.
Everytime Penman came close to getting me inside the issues she changed to Wales again. I feel I only had a front row seat in Wales instead of with Henry II and Eleanor and Thomas.
For these reasons I can only give the book 3.5 stars. It never got to 4 stars and I really wanted it too. I read somewhere that she suffered from mononucleosis and I also feel that book suffered from it too. It's too bad that it did as I feel SKP is one of the best historical fiction writers out there and really expected nothing short of fabulous. Sadly this book isn't fabulous book good and SKP is better than good.
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