Books | ‘The White Queen’ Phillipa Gregory

'The White Queen' Phillipa Gregory

If any of you read my New Year Resolutions 2017 post, you will know one of my resolutions for the year was to read twenty books. I decided that the best way to do this was to attempt to read two books a month. This is a target I happily met last month (this month might be a different story). So I’ve decided I would share my reviews of these books for you all, since I’m sure there are many of you who also doing a reading challenge.

The first book I read was ‘The White Queen’ by Phillipa Gregory. I’ve always loved reading about historical royal families. My focus is generally on the Tudor period, so I was eager to read this book, as it is set during the time of the House of Plantagenet.

This book follows the story of Elizabeth Woodville. A widowed mother of two, she goes on to marry King Edward IV. England however is in the midst of a Cousin’s War which is set to change her life drastically. Her biggest challenge is when her two sons become a part of one of the biggest historical mysteries: The princes in the tower.

One of my favourite aspects of this book was definitely the historical aspect. I really enjoyed learning new historical facts about a royal family I had never heard of before. Since finishing the book I have spent hours pouring over wikipedia so I can read as much as I can about the war and what happened to the princes.

However that is one of the only positives I can actually give this book. I have read many of Phillipa Gregory’s books and I’ve loved them all. So I was quite disappointed at how bored I got with this book. I just found it very drawn out: there was a little bit too much fantasy mixed with the historical.

Overall, this book wasn’t the best, but it also wasn’t the worst. If it wasn’t for the historical side of it (which I really did love) I probably would have gave up half way through.

What books have you been reading?

  • Sian…

    I’m glad you’re sticking to your goal of reading more this year; I’m failing at the minute! I wish you’d have found the book a little more exciting though! I’ve never read a Phillipa Gregory book myself!

    Sian x

    • I’ve always loved reading historical novels, which is why I’ve read so many of her books! And it’s so difficult to get reading sometimes, I find I do really well when I’m actually reading a book, I just find it difficult to pick up a new one when I’ve finished one
      x Lauren