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This is the second book in the trilogy about Katherine of Aragon, written by Jean Plaidy. This book tells the lesser known part of her life, the part before Anne Boleyn enters. The book starts out full of hope, as Katherine quickly becomes pregnant and has children, but it then devolves into fear and internal chaos. Katherine looks to be secure and comfortable in her role, but is fearing the worst, that none of her children, but one lives, and that a girl. But despite all of that she does manage to give England a great victory over Scotland, something Henry does resent. You do begin to feel the fear Katherine does at her continual miscarriages and still births. You begin to worry for her as Henry looks elswhere for comfort and women. Jean Plaidy is a masterful novelist and does an excellent job showing you the inner workings of a young Henry VIII's court.
The narrator does the book justice, but like in her last one, her Spanish and other accents leave a lot to be desired. I know they're not always easy to do, but I think the narrator could have tried a little harder, or maybe they could have found someone who was capable of doing the accents along with the English ones.
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What did you love best about The Shadow of the Pomegranate?
This is not a happy story and I kept wondering how things would have been different had she given birth to a living son. Catherine of Aragon is my favorite of Henry's wives so I enjoyed this book. Not spectacular, but good.
What about Anne Flosnik’s performance did you like?
Anne did a very good job.
If you could take any character from The Shadow of the Pomegranate out to dinner, who would it be and why?
Catherine without a doubt.