Women of Ashdon

Valerie Anand, Author St. Martin's Press $21.95 (373p) ISBN 978-0-312-09417-1
Moving up in the world, the Whitmead family that struggled as serfs through The Proud Villeins and much of The Ruthless Yeomen , begins to achieve respectability in the third book of The Bridges Over Time saga. Despite inroads into the gentry, though, they still suffer. During the War of the Roses, young Susannah Whitmead is forced to marry neighboring landowner Sir James Weston. She grows to love her husband and his home, Ashdon House, but then Weston is killed at Bosworth while fighting for Richard III. Two more husbands take Susannah through the tumultuous early Tudor years . Her granddaughter, Christina Trefusis, marries a cousin in order to keep beloved Ashdon and leads an uneventful--if not particularly happy--existence until turbulent Elizabethan politics intervene. Anand involves her characters in many of the major events of English history (usually on the losing side). The reader is drawn into the lives and fates of the less than mighty while also enjoying Anand's shrewd and colorful depictions of powerful leaders of the epoch. (July)
Reviewed on: 06/28/1993
Release date: 07/01/1993
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