The Stolen Crown – Book Review

The Stolen Crown by Susan Higginbotham

When Katherine was a very young girl, a marriage changed her life – and the future of England – forever.  Kate’s older sister, the widowed Elizabeth Woodville had caught the eye of the young King Edward IV.  Edward and Elizabeth wasted very little time putting her less-than-noble family into some of the highest positions in the lands.  Katherine in particular is wed to the young Harry, Duke of Buckingham, a boy whose position in England was second only to Edward IV and his children and brothers.  Katherine and Harry grow to love one another deeply, but the specter of Richard of Gloucester, the man that Harry admires above all others, haunts their life together; Kate does not like the man much, and the feeling is mutual.

I really read War of the Roses books to see who the author thinks murdered Edward IV’s sons in the Tower of London and what the Duke of Buckingham’s motivations were for his actions after Richard’s coronation.  Higginbotham definitely had a perspective I had never seen before and one that was at least plausible, although it is not the theory to which I subscribe.  Because Buckingham’s motivations are often such a mystery, it was very interesting to view the entire story from his and Kate’s perspectives.

It was interesting for me to compare “The Stolen Crown” to Higginbotham’s earliest published work, “The Traitor’s Wife.”  Higginbotham is still writing engaging stories, but her prose has improved greatly; something kept pulling me out of the story in “The Traitor’s Wife,” and that did not happen with “The Stolen Crown.”  I did feel that her characters – Kate in particular – spoke in ways that were at times overly modern.  I couldn’t pinpoint exactly what made me feel this way, but I suspect it might have been all of the parenthetical statements that both Kate and Harry made.

Definitely an enjoyable work of historical fiction told from an unique perspective and I will continue to try Higginbotham’s work to see if she can continue to improve.

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12 comments to The Stolen Crown – Book Review

  • This is on my wish list. I appreciate your comparison to The Traitor’s Wife (it’s on my tbr shelf). I read Hugh and Bess – really liked it. Nice review!

  • I have seen this book a couple of times now and both times it has drawn my interest. Thanks for the review and an addition to my list of to be reads. :)

  • I really enjoyed this one as well – I think it pulled me out of my historical fiction funk.

  • Susan Higginbotham

    Thanks for the review!

  • I really liked this one too, but I agree with you about the parenthetical statements. In the beginning they were a little overdone.

  • Sounds interesting. I do enjoy historical fiction and when you can throw in some true intrigue, so much the better.

  • Michele at Reader’s Respite GUSHED over this book. To the point where I really wished I were a fan of Historical Fiction. I will get there some day!

  • I feel like such a snob because I wanted to read this one based on the cover first, but after your review it’s one that I will absolutely be reading in the future!

  • It’s always fun to work an author develop as they continue to write. Higginbotham is on the list of authors I want to try one day.

  • I can’t wait to read this one! Over the weekend….

  • This is the first books by Higginbotham that I have read and I definitely want to read more of her works. I really enjoyed it as well. I can’t post my review until March 31st as it is the date I set with the publisher.

  • Nadine

    I’ve been interested in this book for a while now, but the only thing that has kept me from reading it was the Traitor’s Wife. I did try reading that one, but the prose and the way the characters talked just a tad too modern threw me off and I ended up not finishing the book. I think I will pass this one by too, if the writing is not the greatest, I lose interest quite fast.