Actually one of the reasons I've always enjoyed this author's books was the historical accuracy in all of her previous books, right down to the correct clothing for the period, the right furnishings, the complex relationships between the rulers of the time and the people, the use of historical characters sprinkled in with the fictional, and the political climate. In many of them she even used timelines of the era and identification of the real vs the fictional folks. But that book blew it for me..... The hardest part for me is the, um, racy stuff. I usually don't even read that part because after 48 years of marriage I've pretty much figured out how that works and I have yet to read one where it contributed to the plot much. But when I'm writing such a section, I keep feeling Ma looking over my shoulder, standing there with that "are-you-out-of-your-dirty-little-mind-wait-till-your-father-gets-home" look on her face and a bar of soap in her hand.