For fans of historical fiction and dramas, this review is for you. Naked: A Novel of Lady Godiva by Eliza Redgold retells the famous story of Lady Godiva and her ride. The tale says that Lady Godiva was forced by her husband to ride through the English town of Coventry with nothing covering her but her hair. However, one person looked, which is where we get the term “peeping Tom.” Instead of making Lady Godiva’s husband a villain, Lord Leofric plays an important counterpoint to the lady. The story starts right before Godiva’s famous ride and then fills in the reader on the dramatic events leading up to it. Set in 1023 in the Middle Ages, this book immerses you with period descriptions and a few vocabulary words, but is easy to catch on to. The author has carefully researched the real story and fills the readers in with a short introduction. This story is a full novel with passion, adventure, battles, obsession, greed, and mercy. It’s not easy to put down once you start it – but a quick warning to readers of cozy mysteries and soft romances – this is more the book form of an HBO drama than a Hallmark channel movie.
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