Monday, August 24, 2015

Naked: A Novel of Lady Godiva by Eliza Redgold Book Review - Giveaway!

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Naked: A Novel of Lady Godiva by Eliza Redgold

Publication Date: July 14, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Formats: Ebook,
Pages: 320
Genre: Historical Fiction

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We know her name. We know of her naked ride. We don't know her true story.

 We all know the legend of Lady Godiva, who famously rode naked through the streets of Coventry, covered only by her long, flowing hair. So the story goes, she begged her husband Lord Leofric of Mercia to lift a high tax on her people, who would starve if forced to pay. Lord Leofric demanded a forfeit: that Godiva ride naked on horseback through the town. There are various endings to Godiva's ride, that all the people of Coventry closed their doors and refused to look upon their liege lady (except for 'peeping Tom') and that her husband, in remorse, lifted the tax. Naked is an original version of Godiva's tale with a twist that may be closer to the truth: by the end of his life Leofric had fallen deeply in love with Lady Godiva. A tale of legendary courage and extraordinary passion, Naked brings an epic story new voice.


"Redgold's variation on this enticing legend is often lyrical and offers a satisfying blend of history, lore, and romance." (Booklist) "Breathes new life into the story of the woman who would stop at nothing to protect her land and people." (Romantic Times)

 "NAKED delivers far more than the famous ride of Lady Godiva. It's a beautifully woven story of love, loyalty, and the determination of a young woman trying to protect her people and their way of life, no matter the price. Godiva is a wonderfully strong woman in an age of dangerous men, and in NAKED, she certainly meets her match!" (Amalia Carosella, author of HELEN OF SPARTA)

 "A wonderful, romantic retelling of the Lady Godiva legend. There is the colorful Anglo-Saxon backdrop, warriors, battles, peacemaking, desire, revenge and love - everything a fan of medieval romance could desire - plus a strong-willed heroin. Written with a lyrical lilt to her prose, Redgold adds realism to the myth and love to the lusty tale, allowing readers a glimpse into what might have been." (RT Book Reviews)


My Review

I became a fan of historical fiction quite a few years back. I never like history in school, but once I read the stories as told by authors, it gave a whole new feel to what happened all those years ago. Before reading this book I didn't know too much Lady Godiva so I was intrigued by the premise.

I absolutely loved the relationship between Lady Godiva and Lord Leofric. While some people may not think they are made to be together, I saw such strength in both of the characters that I really enjoyed reading about them separately and how they reacted together. ***SPOILER*** When Leofric followed after Thurkill the Tall took Godiva, I knew that not only did he do it out of protection for his lands (and hers) but also because there was a spark between them that couldn't be extinguished.

Seeing Godiva as a strong woman trying to overcome adversity was also a welcome sight. Knowing that she was raised as both son and daughter (the only child of her parents) she was a fighter and a diplomat, not something you saw back then. And her struggle to let her lands go and forge ahead with a marriage she didn't really want to partake in was noble and very believable.

It is clear that the author did her research and did a great job of weaving history with an engaging story.

4 stars

03_Eliza Redgold_AuthorABOUT THE AUTHOR

ELIZA REDGOLD is based upon the old, Gaelic meaning of her name, Dr Elizabeth Reid Boyd. English folklore has it that if you help a fairy, you will be rewarded with red gold. She has presented academic papers on women and romance and is a contributor to the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Romance Fiction. As a non-fiction author she is co-author of Body Talk: a Power Guide for Girls and Stay-at-Home Mothers: Dialogues and Debates. She was born in Irvine, Scotland on Marymass Day and currently lives in Australia.

For more information visit Eliza Redgold's website.
You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest, and Google+.


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1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for your great review of NAKED and for having me on your site! Wassail!