"The White Queen" Review

As part of "The Red Queen" Blog Tour, I have my review of the previous book in the series: "The White Queen". Check back this weekend for my review of "The Red Queen."

"The White Queen"
by Philippa Gregory

Source: sent by publisher in exchange for review

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

My Review:

Elizabeth Woodville, a commoner who traces her family tree back to the sea goddess, Melusina, needs the King's help. Her husband was killed in battle and her dowry lands and money were taken from her. Knowing where King Edward will be passing through with his men, she sets out to seduce him. Little does she know they will fall in love that day. And with a little help from Melusina, she will go on to rule England with him, all the while trying desperately to hold onto their throne.

I was so surprised by how romantic this book was. I've read this author's books before, as well as historical fiction in general, and I'd never read one this romantic. At the beginning, when King Edward meets the commoner Elizabeth under the oak tree, and in the time that followed, I was positively starry-eyed. It was like a real life Cinderella tale, as I'm sure people romanticized the story back then in songs and tales too. Even though Edward had his flaws, he was so likable and charming and he truly loved Elizabeth.

Elizabeth was a fascinating character. I loved her connection to Melusina, the sea goddess, and how she was able to do magic. She was always accused of witchcraft and, as the author pointed out in her notes at the end of the book, powerful women are always feared. Sometimes Elizabeth's ambition was all-consuming, even at the expense of her children's safety. So it was good to see her called out by her daughter, Elizabeth.

I also really liked Elizabeth's brother, Anthony, with his dedication to knowledge and poetry. i will have to do more research on all of these phenomenal historical figures.

Main Characters: 5/5
Supporting Characters: 5/5

Setting: 4/5

Romance: 5/5

Uniqueness: 4/5
Cover: 4/5
Writing: 4/5

Bottom Line:This book was a fascinating piece of historical fiction and I learned a lot about a time period that I hadn't read about before. The characters jumped off the page and I can't wait to find out more about them. My favorite aspect of the book was the real life romance between Elizabeth and Edward.


  1. I actually need to get me this as it sounds so good.....plots a trip to the bookstore

    great review

  2. This sounds interesting, but I never seem to connect with her books. I tried to read Wideacre and I was too disturbed, lol.

  3. I want to read this series of hers. I really enjoyed some of her books, others have not appealed to me. I love Historical set books though and I think this series would be right up my alley!

  4. Another great review! So.. this is the book that you recommended and now I can see why. Yes, this does look like something I would like. Thanks! Also, just curious.. have you read 'Dracula, My Love', by any chance? Just wondering what your take on it is if you have. I own it, but haven't read it, but the more I look at it, I don't think I'm going to like it. Not sure. *shrugs*

  5. Great review!! This book sounds really good!

  6. Readings of a Busy Mom, I think you should get it!! I don't think you'll be disappointed!

    Sam, I liked this one better than her other books.

    Felicia, I know what you mean, I really enjoyed this one though!

    Tanya, Yes! This is the one I was telling you about! I think you would like it! I haven't read Dracula, My Love, but I want to. I already own Dracula in Love, so we'll see how that one goes!

    Reader, thanks! I think you would like it. I liked it a lot better than the Other Boleyn Girl. Not as much creepy things happen.

  7. I really enjoyed this book, and even when Edward slept around I still liked him too cos of that love they shared :)

  8. I have not read the book but I'm sure I'll love too!

  9. So is this real or realistic fiction. I mean are the facts correct because I hadn't heard that Elizabeth practiced magic, but then I'm not completely up on my history of then. Is this a must read before THE RED QUEEN?

  10. Blodeudd, I totally agree!!

    Darlyn, I think you will like the books!!

    Buried in Books, it is based on historical fact, and the characters are based on real people, but I'm sure the author took liberties because it's fiction. I don't think you would have to read it before the Red Queen, but I really liked this one better.


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