Thursday, December 30, 2021

Katherine by Anya Seton -- BOOK BEGINNINGS


Happy New Year to all of you! And a heartfelt THANK YOU for playing along with me for another year of Book Beginnings on Fridays! This weekly event is the highlight of my book blogging and I appreciate all of you who join me, whether you come every week or drop in now and again. I hope to see you back again in 2022!

Please share the last book beginning of 2021 in the Linky box below. Share the opening sentence (or so) of the book you are reading this week, or just a book you want to highlight. 

I'm ending the year with a chunky historical fiction classic, Katherine by Anya Seton. I just started it this morning and I am already sucked into this lavish, intricate tale of court life in 14th Century England. 

I plan to spend this New Year's weekend reading Katherine and organizing my 2022 reading challenges. Do you plan to do any challenges in 2022? Which ones? I hope you consider the European Reading Challenge -- it's the 10th anniversary of that challenge here on Rose City Reader! And the TBR 22 in '22 challenge, also here on my blog. 


In the tender green time of April, Katherine set forth at last upon her journey with the two nuns and the royal messenger.

-- Katherine by Anya Seton. This classic romance, published in 1954, brings to life the historic tale of Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, the ancestors of most of the British royal family.


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Freda at Freda's Voice hosts another teaser event on Fridays. Participants share a two-sentence teaser from page 56 of the book they are reading -- or from 56% of the way through the audiobook or ebook. Please visit Freda's Voice for details and to leave a link to your post.


From Katherine:

The royal family were still only glittering figures to be glimpsed at the High Table, and the Queen only a name. Katherine had nothing to wear except the violet gown borrowed from Matilda and no finery to put on, so she sat idly for awhile on the bed that she shared with Philippa and Johanna Cosin, listening to the excited female gabble and longing to be out in the spring dusk.


  1. Happy New Year to you! Thank you so much for continuing to host this book meme. It's always so much fun.

  2. Another one to add to my ever-toppling TBR! Thank you for that -- and for everything! Happy New Year!!!

  3. Ooh I do like the sound of 'Katherine', definitely up my alley as well! I hope you continue to enjoy it! I checked out the European Reading Challenge and it does sound ideal, only I'm horrible at keeping up with challenges! Could I still sign up later in the year?
    I hope you have a lovely weekend and a great New Year's Eve!
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

  4. Happy New Year! I plan to read some classics next year as I never read them, but refuse to set a set amount. I am doing several reading challenges (probably too many!), but the European one scares me, LOL! I am doing a states challenge, which is a good start. Have a great day!

  5. I am always curious when I read a historical fiction piece that was published long ago. How did this one sit with you? Happy New Year My final Book Beginnings-Friday56 of 2021


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