Monday, April 20, 2015

Goodwine Kingmaker by Mercedes Rochelle

02_Godwine Kingmaker CoverPublication Date: April 24, 2015 (US & UK)
Top Hat Books
Formats: Kindle eBook, Paperback
351 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

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Harold Godwineson, the Last Anglo-Saxon King, owed everything to his father. Who was this Godwine, first Earl of Wessex and known as the Kingmaker? Was he an unscrupulous schemer, using King and Witan to gain power? Or was he the greatest of all Saxon Earls, protector of the English against the hated Normans? The answer depends on who you ask. He was befriended by the Danes, raised up by Canute the Great, given an Earldom and a wife from the highest Danish ranks. He sired nine children, among them four Earls, a Queen and a future King. Along with his power came a struggle to keep his enemies at bay, and Godwine's best efforts were brought down by the misdeeds of his eldest son Swegn. Although he became father-in-law to a reluctant Edward the Confessor, his fortunes dwindled as the Normans gained prominence at court. Driven into exile, Godwine regathered his forces and came back even stronger, only to discover that his second son Harold was destined to surpass him in renown and glory.
My Review:
Four Stars
Copy received from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for an honest review
Goodwine was a great hero. The story is primarily from his perspective which I really enjoyed because it made it easy to relate to him.  Goodwine had some aspects of his power given to him but most of his decisions were based on survival. When he joins with the Danes it seals not only his fate but that of future generations as well.  Because I am a romantic at heart, I loved to story between him and Gytha. Yes theirs was a union of convenience and power but it grew to be more. 

I always struggle with the Anglo-Saxon history and the Normans but I did not let that deter me because I've read Mercedes Rochelle before and knew that she would be able to grab my attention. No matter how many stories I read about history  I am always amazed at the tumultuous   struggle between the  Anglo-Saxon and English. Aliases were so important and many times it made all the differences because it meant a victory or defeat.  Aside from the political tensions there was also the religious differences that affected society of the time.  Just like "Heir to a Prophecy" "Goodwine Kingmaker" was a very informative, entertaining and enjoyable read.  

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About the Author03_Mercedes Rochelle Author

Born in St. Louis MO with a degree from University of Missouri, Mercedes Rochelle learned about living history as a re-enactor and has been enamored with historical fiction ever since. She lives in Sergeantsville, NJ with her husband in a log home they built themselves.

For more information please visit Mercedes Rochelle’s website and blog. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Godwine Kingmaker Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, April 20
Review at Svetlana's Reads and Views
Spotlight at Genre Queen

Tuesday, April 21
Review at Book Nerd
Spotlight at Unshelfish

Wednesday, April 22
Review at Flashlight Commentary
Guest Post & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books

Thursday, April 23
Interview at Flashlight Commentary

Saturday, April 25
Spotlight at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book

Tuesday, April 28
Spotlight at CelticLady's Reviews

Wednesday, April 29
Review at Broken Teepee

Thursday, April 30
Guest Post & Giveaway at So Many Precious Books, So Little Time
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Monday, May 4
Review at Impressions in Ink
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Tuesday, May 5
Guest Post & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Thursday, May 7
Review at Bookramblings
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Review at Layered Pages

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