19 July 2012

A Book Review Across the Pond

Summer has found this relaxed genealogist sitting and contemplating the water. This week from Cape Cod I am thinking of my ancestors, who lived across this beautiful pond in England, Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland. If you too have ancestors from these countries, you might subscribe to Your Family Tree Magazine. Each issue offers invaluable advice and guidance for finding those elusive ancestors as well as historical background for the various times they may have lived. I particularly enjoy the sometimes funny, sometimes tragic, but always illuminating "Skeleton in the Cupboard" feature.

Another fun feature of this magazine are the book reviews. Occasionally one of the editors will offer a book for a reader review and a few months ago they sent me a copy of Alison Weir's new historical novel, A Dangerous Inheritance: A Novel of Tudor Rivals and the Secret of the Tower. The copy I read did not have the subtitle, but I like it and highly commend this clarifying addition. It's a large, meaty novel, fully of historical detail about the Tudors and related families, but the mystery, the secret of the tower, is the driving force of the story. As did the characters in the book, I needed to know what had happened in the tower.

My review of A Dangerous Inheritance appears in the August 2012 edition #119 of Your Family Tree. Alison Weir is a prolific author and respected historian. Next on my list of must reads by Ms. Weir is Innocent Traitor, which follows Jane Grey, sister of Katherine Grey and overlaps in time with A Dangerous Inheritance. I think I have been bitten by the royal historical novel bug!

Hope you are able to enjoy some time this summer with your close relatives and family friends. There's no time like the present for making memories!

Happy Summer!

Scrappy Gen
Let's Remember!

1 comment:

  1. Jennifer, I enjoy your blog so much with the way you combine your genealogy with your scrapbooking. Both are loves of mine as well. Your scrapbook pages always give me great ideas as well.

    Therefore, I have nominated you for the Illuminating Blogger Award.


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