I read an actual paperback!!! Actually it was a bit annoying because I realised I didn’t have a bookmark whereas on the phone/Kindle it remembers where you read up to. Plus we’ve all been ill and it would have been nice to read in bed at night whilst feeding the snot monster (Zach). Apart from that it felt great to actually hold a book in my hands after so long.
And the story was great too. Written by an historian, she really made the plot and characters vivid due to her in depth knowledge of the Elizabethan era. The characters all inspired empathy and the dilemmas faced by the Virgin Queen were relentless. We’ve all been in the situation of having our hearts and heads at odds with each other and this was borne out throughout the book as Elizabeth and Dudley struggled to reconcile their passion with the pressures of state affairs. Knowing how the story ends didn’t detract from the enjoyment of the book and I hope Alison Weir uses her considerable historical research for future novels.