Red Rose, White Rose by Joanna Hickson

Red Rose, White Rose

The powerful story of Cecily Neville, torn between both sides in the War of the Roses. Perfect for fans of Philippa Gregory.Richard, the thirteen-year-old Duke of York, England’s richest heir.Told through the eyes of Cicely and her half-brother Cuthbert, Red Rose, White Rose is the story of one of the most powerful women in England during one of its most turbulent periods. Born of Lancaster and married to York, the willowy and wayward Cicely tr...

Details Red Rose, White Rose

TitleRed Rose, White Rose
Release DateDec 4th, 2014
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, European Literature, British Literature, Fiction

Reviews Red Rose, White Rose

  • Deborah Pickstone
    I hesitate to acknowledge this as biographical fiction, which it is meant to be, as it is largely fantasy and far-fetched fantasy at that. However, the period of Edward VI reign isn't so much covered in HF (until a recent crop of novels as yet to be read by moi) so it was worth a look. Ms Hickson is a good writer and tells a very readable story but it is not recognizable as the history except as to dates and sequence of action. I would not recomm...
  • Lucy (TheBookBelle)
    Rating: 3 StarsRed Rose, White Rose is a historical fiction story based on Cecily Neville, the wife of Richard Plantagenet of York and mother of Edward IV and Richard III. Plantagenet history is a topic that I'm hugely passionate about, and any books, movies or TV shows about this period I'm sure to love. Some of my favourite books about the Plantagenets are written by Philippa Gregory - namely The Cousins War series. Where Gregory excels is in b...
  • Kara
    I was disappointed to find out this is a standalone novel, which I think says a lot how much the book engaged me, as I wanted to see Hickson continue on with her take on the life of Cecily Neville.There’s a lot of info dump in the opening chapters as we get three centuries worth of family trees, which is a bit much… but I suddenly Got It as to why people cared so about family lines. As the man said, ‘It’s the economy, stupid.’It wasn’...
  • Erin
    3.5 stars. Another very good histfic read from Joanna Hickson. She has a very engaging and present writing style without making the subject matter anachronistic. This book felt a little long though, and I didn't enjoy it as much as I did The Agincourt Bride, but maybe that's because "Proud Cis'" character was, by nature, a bit cold. I did however really enjoy the other POV character, Cecily's illegitimate half-brother Cuthburt, and was surprised ...
  • Gill's Great Book Escapes
    A beautifully written historical novel about the War of the Roses. Joanna Hickson presents this novel crammed packed full of historical facts, from events, people and places. I always think that reading historical novels, written accurately is the most enjoyable way of learning. Maybe high schools should encourage pupils to read this way and then discuss what they have learnt in class?The book is both interesting and entertaining, showing the str...
  • Rita Backe
    Did not like this book. Too much whining, too boring to be even remotely interesting, prattling main character, just the last two pages had a whiff of emotional flair. "Oooh, I'm so faithful and so loyal and beautiful, but in secret I always think of the man who kidnapped me, and took my virginity as well, and I think my husband is a bore most of the time, while my kids die off as infants most of the time". *Yawn* This book became more a duty to ...
  • Kiesha ~ 1Cheekylass
    I must admit, I enjoyed this read. I've always been interested in Cecily Neville and though this is fiction, it's nice to read a story where she's the main character. I also loved her half brother, Cuddy! What a man. This is a great book for those of us who can't get enough of Wars of the Roses material. 4.5
  • Jennifer
    Oh did I struggle with this one. I finished it because there are few novels about Cecily/Cicely Neville, and I was eager to read one. But there were too many circumstances in this novel that I found improbable or irritating. Since it was an arranged match, I can see Cicely not being completely in love with Richard. But to have her pining away over a period of 20 years over her nephew (even if he is older) who kidnapped her and then wanted to use ...
  • Tracey
    A very good read , with some interesting characters. I liked seeing how the young Margaret wanted to be queen & was the queen mother later in life to Henry VII and grandmother to Henry VIII. Such wonderful ambition.
  • Marilyn Rondeau
    This was actually quite an interesting read. Due to the fact that I really find great enjoyment in history I enjoy it even more when it is mixed with a little fiction. What Ms. Hickson has done here is to bring to life a very powerful (and to me little known character) from the War of the Roses – Cecily Neville. Cecily was a young nine year old girl betrothed to her fathers ward, thirteen year old Richard. And even before the marriage took plac...
  • Jo Barton
    During the troublesome fifteenth century, the Neville’s were one of the most prestigious families in England, and when Cecily Neville, the youngest daughter of Ralph Neville, Earl of Westmorland, makes an advantageous marriage with Richard, Duke of York, it combines two of the most powerful families in the land. However, being married to one of the richest men in the country is not without danger, and Cecily Neville discovers that life so close...
  • Nell
    While nice to see a different take on Cicely Neville than is normally seen, I didn't feel as if it did much beyond detail HOW the Yorks came to feeling they deserved the crown over all others.There were several oddities in the timeline and references to children that could be explained by the spotty documentation of the time period and the unfortunate tradition that girl children were not as "mentionable" in record as boy children. I would have l...
  • Annelies
    Cecily Neville wordt als jong meisje 'de rode roos van Raby' genoemd. Ze wordt echter uitgehuwelijkt aan Richard, duke of York: de witte roos en volgens hem de enige echte erfgenaam van de Engelse troon. In het Engeland verscheurd door de Rozenoorlogen zal Cecily haar eigen rol gaan spelen.... "Fortune's wheel keeps on rising." De Rozenoorlogen is de ingewikkeldste periode uit de Engelse geschiedenis, waarin allianties voortdurend wisselen. Dit b...
  • Amy Clayton
    I had to DNF at 70%, I just couldn't bring myself to finish this. I found the Cuthbert chapters hard work and Cicely a bit cold. While it was interesting to read from Ciecly of York's pov at first, a figure normally ignored in historical fiction, it started to lose my attention for pages at a time. There's a lot of info dumping and I lost track of who was who only a few pages in.
  • Kate
    Entertaining retelling of the Wars of the Roses from the perspective of Cecily Neville, Duchess of York (mother of Edward IV), and her illegitimate brother, Sir Cuthbert. War, romance and politics (domestic and national) vie for dominance.
  • Mary
    Entertaining enough, but fairly sweeping and bloodless. I didn't really feel any sense of Cicely as a person.
  • Telesilla
    A workman like look at Cecily Neville, wife of the Duke of York and mother of Edward IV and Richard III. I can't really say much more because this was pretty much a two and a half star book.
  • *Thea 'WookieMama' Wilson*
    The Plot Of The Story: This is story about Cicely Neville, mother of Edward IV who famously married the widowed Elizabeth Woodville. Cicely is figure that is often kind of glossed over in books about the Wars Of The Roses and gets treated like a secondary character more often than not so this book is brilliant in that it gives a glimpse into what her life could have been like and how her family started it's quest for England's throne, eventually ...
  • Alice Heider
    FYI: this book was actually 531 pages for me, including the Epilogue and Author's Note. This book was pretty middle of the road for me. First of all, I applaud Joanna Hickson for writing about someone as formidable and complicated as Cicely Neville. She's a woman that I've been fascinated with for some time, and I was glad of the opportunity to read about her. Some pros were the interesting characters and plot. The historical detail added another...
  • Danielle Marchant
    “The sound of the key turning evoked vivid memories of my detention in Brancepeth Castle and the grim realization that I had been imprisoned three times in my life and each time it had been at the hands of a member of my own family.”And you thought your family was crazy.Fortunately for us, Joanna Hickson’s novel is a reminder that things could be so much worse, especially if you are Duchess Cecily. “Red Rose, White Rose” focusses on wha...
  • Louise Douglas
    I’m torn with my opinion on this book, I really am. For huge parts of the book the plot was fast paced and kept me engrossed, but then there were times when it felt like a huge slog to keep turning the pages, and in the end it took me over a month to finish reading because I just didn’t feel that ‘urge’ to pick the book up and keep reading.I’ve not read much historical fiction like this, so I’m not sure if it’s the genre I don’t g...
  • Kathleen
    This was a very good book, well researched and written and I enjoyed it. My only problem was that I could not get "into it" for a long time due to the quite blatant fictional aspects of the book. Yes, I understand it was a novel. Let's go right to the point,though, and say she did not have an adult brother named Cuthbert, and that it is extremely doubtful that Cecily Neville had an illicit physical affair with a fairly close relative.So what woul...
  • Sherry Sharpnack
    This book was about Cecily Neville, the youngest of twenty-one Neville children who influenced and starred in decades worth of English history. Cecily was married to Richard, Duke of York, and became the Mother of Edward IV and Richard III, and thus the great-grandmother of Henry VIII. The author makes up a brother who is a co-narrator of the story, which I occasionally found confusing. The author alsoMade up an incestuous love affair for Cecily ...
  • Laura
    YAWN. Couldn't bring myself to finish this book, I found it really dull! I was excited about the prospect of reading about Cicely?Cecily? - the mother of Edward IV and Richard III but there was so much info-dumping in this book I didn't even know what was happening half the time! There seemed to be no real story, it was more of a history lesson. I didn't care for any of the characters or what happened to them. Plus my copy was horrendously edited...
  • Christine Cazeneuve
    I so loved this book and the author that I ordered 5 more books of hers! Great story of the Duchess of York (Cicely) - mother of King Edward IV and Richard III of England. Story told in her words and her half brother Cuthbert (who is a fictional character). Great insight to this woman. Another definite recommend to those that enjoy this genre.
  • doleary
    Interesting tale of a strong English womanI enjoyed the book, but disappointed to learn it was more fiction than historical fiction. I was trying to figure out where the characters fit in with the ones from others books on England during the war of the roses, but they didn't seem to match up.
  • Rebecca Hill
    No Review
  • Daisy
    Thank you to HarperFiction for providing me with this copy to review.Because I wasn't really aware of the actual history of The War of the Roses, I didn't really know what was going on outside of the narration - which probably meant I missed out on a quite a lot of the story. Even so, I did enjoy most of this book, despite not being completely aware of consequences not witnessed by the narrators.Cicely Neville is the youngest daughter of the Ralp...
  • Lisa Manke
    More great historical fiction set in pre- Tudor England.
  • Kirsten Jensen
    The rose. Their floral essence were distilled to make perfume or diluted into rosewater for bathing. Their petals were crushed into healing tonics and their sharp thorns woven into fences for protection of crops. In the year of 1275, Sir Edmund of Lancaster personally chose the Red Damask Rose as his talisman and from that point on was declared the Red Rose of Lancaster. One hundred years later, another Edmund, brother to John of Gaunt, Duke of L...