This is not a full review - this review pertains only to the 5-chapter sample won via Goodreads First Reads.
I'm a sucker for historical novels, and this is a good one. I could picture everything perfectly, I could feel the chill in the air.
The most poignant moment in those five chapters was definitely the deathbed scene in that first chapter. I felt really sorry for Alice, the way his sons disregarded her despite her obvious love for the king.
I've applied for the full book, and hope I get it. I'd love to review it in full.