•Publication Date: July 14, 2015
•Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
We know her name. We know of her naked ride. We don’t know her true story.
Naked is an original version of Godiva’s tale with a twist that may be closer to the truth: by the end of his life Leofric had fallen deeply in love with Lady Godiva. A tale of legendary courage and extraordinary passion, Naked brings an epic story new voice.
Although I enjoyed Naked I was hoping for attention on political strife along with power jockeying as opposed to the heavy bland romance presented. Leofric and Godiva’s union is predictable with emphasis on benign, no surprises along the road uniting these lovebirds, a bit of a drag draws out the coupling.
Redgold describes the tension between England divided by Saxon and Dane invaders without further elaboration, my gripe is the Danes are portrayed as heathens whereas the Saxons abide by a code of honor, a rather slanted sketch.
Godiva is a lady, a warrior with intelligence and courage. She’s also naieve and vulnerable. She’s a woman yet a girl possessing a tunnel vision of sorts of her beloved Coventry. Her numerous stellar qualities endear her to her people as well as the reader,
Redgold’s interpretation of Lady Godiva is entertaining, surely fans of historical fiction will find this ride more than appealing, especially romance lovers.
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ELIZA REDGOLD is based upon the old, Gaelic meaning of her name, Dr Elizabeth Reid Boyd. English folklore has it that if you help a fairy, you will be rewarded with red gold. She has presented academic papers on women and romance and is a contributor to the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Romance Fiction. As a non-fiction author she is co-author of Body Talk: a Power Guide for Girls and Stay-at-Home Mothers: Dialogues and Debates. She was born in Irvine, Scotland on Marymass Day and currently lives in Australia.
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