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I. Am. Elizabeth by Kathi Haacke Morehead
I. Am. Elizabeth is a story of medieval intrigue based on the life of Elizabeth Plantagenet. Set both contemporaneously and in the 16th century, the reader will be invited to weigh for themselves the truth of Elizabeth’s life, including the disappearance of Elizabeth’s brothers, the Lost Princes in the Tower, the ascension of her uncle, Richard III, to the throne of England, and her marriage to Henry Tudor. Elizabeth Plantagenet was a daughter, niece, sister, wife, and mother to five Kings of England, and grandmother of the first and second Queens Regnant: Mary I and Elizabeth I. You may have met The White Princess, but prepare for your introduction to the real Elizabeth of York.
Elizabeth of York died in 1503. Annie Campbell lives today. Can they reach through time to heal one another’s soul, or will their secrets be impossible to overcome?
…. Why can’t I sleep? It is not as though tonight is any different from last night, or the night before, or even the night before that. It’s hot, and not a breath of air moves through the window. I feel like I will go mad from this anxiety, this fear. But of what? It’s so very dark tonight. No moon, no light from the windows. Just dark… Damn you, darkness. You’ve not been kind the past few nights. What horror do you hold for me tonight?
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I am a bit of a history buff and the Tudor dynasty has always been a slight obsession of mine. It’s a fascination time of history. It;s a time of chaos, reform and ultimately produces one of the most famous queens in British history – Elizabeth I, the last reigning Tudor heir.
I have read Kathi’s other books, Eternal Dawn and White Night, so I knew that this book would be impeccably researched and wonderfully written off the bat. She didn’t disappoint me. Her style of writing may not be for everyone but I absolutely love it. You feel like you are right in the characters heads and are following in real time. It’s more like being privy to a conversation, a fly on the wall and you become invested right away.
Elizabeth of York is a queen of mystery, a queen that demanded respect and one that created a dynamic Tudor line that history will never forget. There are questions on how much she was involved in Henry VII reign. How much influence she had over him versus his totalitarian mother – she was legitimately crazy y’all – and if her mother was really as strong as history claims or if she was a witch!!!???
There has been much speculation and not a whole lot of documentation that is left that could shed light on any of these questions. Many books have been written and there is even a Starz series The White Queen that adds it’s own theory.
Kathi’s version of Elizabeth is the closest to my own. I love the idea of her reaching out over the span of time to help Annie. I got lost in the conversations between the two. Like I said before, you felt like you were right there in the thick of things. If you love regency and history as much as I do, you will love this book. Annie is such a heroine, even if she doesn’t know it. This is a phenomenal book with two very strong females to guide the story. It’s worth a read but set aside a chunk of time because you won’t want to put it down!
$1.00 of all sales proceeds of paperback and hardback editions of this book will go to the fundraising campaign of Mt. Blanc for MS on behalf of Neely Worldwide Publishing and Kathi Haacke Morehead.
For more information please visit https://theroyalmarinescharity.org.uk/news/ascent-of-mt-blanc/
About the author:
Kathi Haacke Morehead made her fictional debut with WHITE NIGHT followed by the sequel Eternal Night. She is the author of HEART BLEED: Letting go and stanching the flow, and THE BEST FROM THE CHEAP SEATS.
Her fiction has tackled questions of morality, spirituality, life after death, love, and integrity.
She is not a conventional author, writes in a conversational style to better interact with her readers. If you’re looking for high style, you won’t find it in her work. Kathi believes in the value of tightly crafted story – everything else will fall into place.
To quote Kathi: “I guess that makes me a bit of a bohemian. And I’m good with that.”
Kathi lives in Brunswick, Maryland with her husband, Dave, and four finicky felines. They have a blended family of 4 children and 3 grandchildren.
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