Another really enjoyable novel from Anne Perry, I didn't actually read this navel at Christmastime as I would normally try to but it was less important than with others as it was less centred on Christmas themes in the secular sense. The story was powerful and interesting.
Anya Seton once again delivers a fantastic novel, her level of historic research is not often matched. It is very rare that you find contemporary novels of this quality although there are contemporary novelists writing about historical era with the same passion and accuracy.
This was the first book I read by Anya Seton some decade or more ago and it was responsible for my love of History. I think I actually fell in love with John of Gaunt as Seton portrays him. Although John of Gaunt and other characters are well presented the lead character of Katherine is very much central, as with the other books of Seton's I have read the principal female protagonist is a really strong character.