A portrait of a woman striving for life in a man’s world, she went from struggling through life to owning it. I want my daughters to read this book, as well as “Katherine“. She may be strong-willed, but that’s what’s kept her alive in her struggles through dying husbands and times of war. The romance is there, no doubt, but Anya Seton kept the read clean; there’s more sex in modern-day PG TV than there is in these books. A historical romance such as this should be on the ‘to read’ list of any avid reader.