What is it about power that brings out the best and worst in people?
Lisa Grey is about to find out. When the beautiful young widow is plucked from her drab life by Elias York, she’d have been forgiven for thinking she woken up in a fairy tale.
However, she soon finds out that nothing is ever as it seems. And, the wealthy, prestigious family into which she’s married carries its own secrets.
Elias’ brothers—the carefree but deeply flawed Gabriel and the darkly brilliant Richard—and his remote, judgmental mother offer the best and worst of a life of privilege to the young woman.
British author Terry Tyler really hits her stride with this one. It follows the same approach as her fascinating novel, “Kings and Queens”—a modern-day retelling of the life and loves of Henry VIII as a 20th century land baron.
Her latest novel was inspired by the real House of York, so familiar to history buffs. Basically, she answers such questions as, what if the hunchback king, Richard III was hanging out in England today? (But not under a car park, where his real remains were discovered a few years back.)
Tyler has a gift for breathing fresh life into well-known characters whom we have only known through dusty history books, as she has them face such timeless challenges as the search to satisfy love and lust. Lust for power. Lust for the illicit. Lust for what cannot be.
The fun in Tyler’s retelling is figuring out just how she’ll tie together the stories of the modern version and the historic figure on which he or she is based.
Each chapter is told from the point of view of a different character, leading the reader through a very readable story right to its shocking end.
Set aside a rainy weekend, huddle under a blanket, and enjoy.