About the Book:
In my novels, I strive to serve those readers who are looking for accuracy in historical fact and yet also engage those who are looking for a good story with strong characters, a little romance and lots of period detail. A Rose for the Crown and Daughter of York are for those readers who enjoy settling into a book and living with the characters for a good long time.
I spent my childhood in England, Germany and Egypt as the daughter of a British Army colonel. At my boarding school in Surrey a teacher we called “Conky” — after William the Conqueror — inspired my passion for history. When in my early 20s, I read Josephine Tey’s “A Daughter of Time”, I became particularly fascinated by Shakespeare’s so-called villain, Richard III.
At age 24, after living and working as a secretary in London and Paris, I came on a lark to New York with my flatmate just for a “two-year stint.” Thirty years, two marriages, two children and five cross-country moves later I’m very definitely a permanent resident of the U.S. — but my love for English history remains.
I began writing professionally a few years after I landed in Plattsburgh, NY near the beautiful Adirondack Mountains with my first husband and daughters, Joanna and Kate. For ten years, I was the Features/Arts Editor for the daily newspaper and wrote articles on every conceivable subject that was not hard news! It proved a wonderful training ground for my foray into authoring.
I must admit that I have found a new favorite writer. Anne Easter
Smith is exceptional at creating a world you don’t want to leave. She
writes the kind of book that stays with you long after you put it down
– at least this book did. I have not had the opportunity to read any
of her other books but hope I will in the future. In this book she
brings Cecily Neville to life as an intelligent, lively child who
grows into an astute advisor to her husband, Richard of York. When he
dies in the battle for the throne she gathers her strength and sees
her son crowned.
This is a lengthy book but I found it very hard to put down in spite
of the fact that I have read several books covering this time period
in the last few months. It is fascinating to read the history from the
varying points of view and this book does not stint on detail and the
warring within Cecily’s own family for power. She was born Lancaster
but married York. What a conundrum!
I loved how Ms. Easter Smith managed to include the important and the
mundane and make it all part of the story. You never felt like you
were being lectured to even when the politics of the time were being
explained. The small details of clothing, food and household were all
part of wrapping you up in the story and making you feel part of the
time. I really did not want the book to end.
I will have a guest post and a giveaway for Queen by Right on May 20th
so be sure to come back and enter!
Queen by Right is available at Amazon.com
Disclosure: I received a copy of Queen by Right gratis. Any opinions expressed are my honest opinions and were not impacted by my receipt of the free book. I received no monetary compensation for this post.