I was excited to get to the Mary vs. Elizabeth novel and unfortunately, I was very let down. Gregory's writing was lazy, frequently repeating plot points as a way to fill pages. I don't know how many more times I could be reminded what Hannah's prophecies actually said or that she was sensitive to the smell of smoke because her mother was burned at the stake. I get it. I actually felt like this novel was much too long for its content and talked down to the reader.
However, I did appreciate the picture Gregory painted of Mary and Elizabeth. Both characters were familiar and in line with my understanding of how the two women were. The next novel, The Virgin's Lover, focuses on Elizabeth and hopefully will not disappoint as much as this one did.
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