Elizabeth de Montacute is already widowed at age 14 when her family tells her that she'll be marrying Hugh le Despenser, who is several years older than her. That's not the major drawback, however, Hugh is the son of a traitor and Bess wishes she didn't have to marry into such a family. There's nothing she can do, however, and Hugh is unfailingly kind to her, so they wed.
Hugh and Bess is their story...about the times they lived in, the burdens of their family histories, and the growth of their friendship into love. It's a very easy read and one that you get sucked into....these historical novels based on real people are kind of like mini-soap operas!
I really enjoyed both the characters of Hugh and Bess, but especially Bess as her spunky attitude made me laugh. But I also couldn't help but feel quite sympathetic towards her--how frightening to be so young and forced into marriage. It reminds me of all I have to be thankful of! While it worked out in Bess and Hugh's case, I'm sure it didn't always. And there's something just a bit disturbing to me about the men waiting around for the girls to mature into women! But that's just me.
Overall, this is a very engaging read and if you enjoy historicals during this time period you'll undoubtedly enjoy this one as well.
Things You Might Want to Know: Some language.
Source of Book: Review copy from Sourcebooks for blog tour.