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Series: William Marshal #4
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Also by this author: The Winter Crown: A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine
Genres: General Fiction, Historical Fiction
Published by Sourcebooks Landmark on September 1st 2010
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A captivating story of a mother's love stretched to breaking and knight determined to rebuild his life with the royal mistress, this is Elizabeth Chadwick at her best.
(orig. UK 2008)
Based on the true story of a royal mistress and a knight in search of his inheritance. The Time of Singing (For the King’s Favor in the USA) is a bittersweet tale of love and loss and discovery set in late 12th century England.
Critically-acclaimed historical novelist Elizabeth Chadwick (The Greatest Knight, The Scarlet Lion) is back with a spellbinding look into the true story of a woman determined to fight for what is right for her life and true love…
A captivating story of a mother’s love stretched to breaking and a knight determined to rebuild his life with a royal mistress, For the King’s Favor is Elizabeth Chadwick at her best. Based on a true story never before told, and impeccably researched, this is a testament to the power of sacrifice and the strength of love. When Roger Bigod, heir to the powerful earldom of Norfolk, arrives at court to settle a bitter inheritance, he meets Ida de Tosney, young mistress to King Henry II. In Roger, Ida sees a chance of lasting love, but their decision to marry carries an agonizing price. It’s a breathtaking novel of making choices, not giving up, and coping with the terrible shifting whims of the king.
I thrive in Christian Historical Fiction, but as I have found with two of my favorite authors Michelle Moran and Deanna Raybourn there is quality fiction to be had in the General Market realm. Elizabeth Chadwick, I am glad to say is another author who has found herself on my look for more in the future list. With Michelle and Deanna I found them shortly after they started and now I can keep up with their books as they come, but with Elizabeth, I will have to go back to previous publications as well as look for more to come!
It is with delight that I have dipped my toes in the general Historical Fiction genre and I have not come away disappointed. There were a few times where I was a bit confused with many of the characters having the same name, but with diligence I was able to catch myself when I thought it was someone else. This is a long book and while reading this novel, there was a lull period where I just was not seeing why everyone was all four stars and five stars and loving it. But within a hundred or so pages, my attention was back in and stayed. Overall, I enjoyed the story, although the typos in this advance reader copy are a bit to overcome as a distraction. (Obviously changes in formatting and so on.)I’ve gone back and forth on my thoughts. I don’t love it, but it is fascinating to think of the historical characters as living breathing entities. After reading a guest post about why Elizabeth wrote the book, I am even more intrigued.
As I came close to finishing the book I could more understand the love others are expressing. I really do like it and plan to definitely go for more of her books in the future. What I enjoy most about this novel world that Elizabeth Chadwick has introduced me to with her novel and website is that it is a world, an entire encompassing surroundings filled with romance and history. Reading this book was an education and makes me want to delve more into my British heritage that I do not know very well. Something I found interesting was although Ida de Tonsney is a main character, really the absolute main character is Roger Bigod. I fully enjoyed going back and forth between their and other character’s perspectives to experience the story. The budding romance between Ida and Roger that brought them through years of hardships and pleasure was fascinating and real to watch page by page.
Elizabeth Chadwick did an incredible job making the romance real in a physical sense while remaining tasteful and the descriptions of the emotions brought along in a marriage are so real and right on point.
I do recommend this read. There was some physical passion as I said, but it was done in a good manner and for a mature reader. This book is full of so much that it is hard for me to wrap my mind all around it, but with the history and romance I’m in the right genre.
*Thanks to Danielle Jackson of Sourcebooks, Inc for providing an ARC for review.*
Although both the US cover (above/purple) and the UK cover are gorgeous, but in knowing the story I like the UK cover more, because it more encompasses Ida for who she is and what shes accomplishes.
~Two titles, two trailers, one story….. ~
About the Author:
Best selling historical novelist Elizabeth Chadwick won a Betty Trask Award for her first novel The Wild Hunt. She has been shortlisted for the UK’s mainstream Best Romantic Novel of the Year Award 4 times and longlisted twice. Her novel The Scarlet Lion about the great William Marshal and his wife Isabelle de Clare, has been selected by Richard Lee, founder of the Historical Novel Society as one of the landmark historical novels of the last ten years.
When not at her desk, she can be found taking long walks with the dog, baking cakes, reading books (of course!) exploring ruins, listening to various brands of rock and metal music, and occasionally slaving over a steaming cauldron with re-enactment society Regia Anglorum.
Head on over to Historical Boys, author C. W. Gortner’s blog to read a guest post where Elizabeth talks about For the King’s Favor. There is also an opportunity to win one of two copies, deadline to enter is September 30th, I understand.