The Founding, by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

The first of the "Morland Dynasty" series, which I think has about 30 books now. This one is set in the 15th century and, I am assuming, is covering how the Morland dynasty starts out.

The Morland family already exists as the book starts; the significant event is the marriage between Robert Moreland, the son of a farmer who's become wealthy, and Eleanor, who comes from a noble family fallen on hard times.

The story takes place in the time of the War of the Roses, but I didn't really get far enough into the book (about a third) to find out how much that comes in to the story.

The book isn't particularly bad, it just isn't particularly good: after reading the Slider books I'd hoped that this would be more special, but it was pretty much what I'd have expected from the cover, had I not known it was written by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles. I'm not that interested in this type of book and was only getting through a couple of pages a night, so gave it up as a bad job.

I see that the series has a lot of fans, and I'm guessing that perhaps the writing gets better (this one is about thirty years old), so maybe I'd try one of the later ones, but no rush.

Gave up : 24-May-2012

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