This book, The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory was one of those books you just couldn't put down until you'd finished it kind of books. If you enjoy history, as I do then you should enjoy this one. It is set in 1453 and tells the story of Margaret Beaufort, Heiress to the red rose of Lancaster and her life and bitter struggles during the War of the Roses. As a child she has a fierce and unwavering sense of destiny. If not a nun then she'll be Queen of England.
As a young girl Margaret is sent to a loveless marriage to Edmund Tudor in remote Wales, where she gives birth to a son whom she names Henry after her cousin Henry V1 of England who was on the verge of madness. She was determined that her son would become King one day, regardless of the overwhelming power of the York dynasty. She sends Henry into exile and pledges him in marriage to the daughter of her enemy Elizabeth Woodville.
I was given my book as a gift and was unaware that it was the second book of a trilogy, The Cousins War. However this did not spoil the book for me and I now intend to read the first book The White Queen and thereafter The Other Queen which I'm sure will be equally as stunning.