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The Miracle at St. Bruno's (Daughters of England #1)

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"I was born in the September of 1523, nine months after the monks had discovered the child in the crib on that Christmas morning. My birth was, my father used to say, another miracle: He was not young at the time being forty years of age . . . My mother, whose great pleasure was tending her gardens, called me Damask, after the rose which Dr. Linacre, the King's physician, ...more
Paperback, 376 pages
Published June 1st 1981 by Popular Library (first published January 1st 1974)
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Misfit
Oct 09, 2011 Misfit rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: younger readers
The narrator for this book is Damask Farland, daughter of a prosperous attorney during the reign of Henry VIII. Damask has grown up around the legend of the Miracle of St. Bruno's abbey, that of a lost child found in a crib on Christmas Eve. The child was named Bruno after the abbey and brought prosperity and wealth to the abbey - that is until King Henry starts hankering for Anne Boleyn. During the destruction of the abbey Bruno's real parentage is revealed, and since it's one he can't accept h ...more
Sharon
Jun 22, 2016 Sharon rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Another good book by one of my favorite authors.
Jo Barton
In The Miracle at St Bruno’s, which is set during the turbulent reign of Henry VIII, Damask Farland is the cosseted daughter, protected and cherished by her parents. She grows up in a loving environment, slightly removed from the machinations of court life. Running alongside the story of domestic life in the mid-1500’s, is the story of Bruno, an abandoned child brought up in the cloistered environs of St Bruno’s Abbey, whose interwoven history will have repercussions, not just on those who live ...more
Eileen Pucci
Apr 15, 2013 Eileen Pucci rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
Another book about the Tudor era. I can't get enough of ole' Henry the 8th. This one describes how the lives of ordinary people (not peasants) are affected by the changing political and religious tides of Henry, Mary and Elizabeth's reigns. When Henry is in power, everybody is in danger; when Mary is in power the protestants are in danger, etc., etc.

I would have given this four stars except for a quirky annoyance caused by reading the e-version of the book using the Overdrive app on my Nook. Thi
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Cathy
Jul 02, 2014 Cathy rated it liked it
The version that I downloaded of this novella is titled The Daughters of England Book 1, and it contains The Miracle at St. Bruno's and part of Book Two, The Lion Triumphant. Or at least I think it was part of Book Two, because it ended quite abruptly.

The book tells a good story and keeps one's interest. It is set in the time of Henry VIII and chronicles two families who are deeply impacted by the religious struggles of the time. It would be a good beach or vacation read.
Phil Syphe
I like the concept of setting this novel during the reigns of three Tudor monarchs, ending it at the start of a fourth, but somehow it doesn’t fulfil its potential. The main plot revolves around a group of people who are affected by the changes in England’s monarchy and how one person in charge of the country can cause prosperity or ruin to the people who serve him/her.

One problem I have with this tale is the amount of references to Anne Boleyn – in some cases the exact same reference is revived
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Caz
Feb 08, 2013 Caz marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Although I devoured everything by Jean Plaidy and Victoria Holt that I could lay my hands on when I was in my teens, I didn't get so far with Philippa Carr. I don't know why - but now it seems this series is being reprinted, maybe it's time to give 'Carr' another try.
Firefly_1824
A deep look at what life may have been like for those living under the reign of England's Henry VIII and his immediate successors. People live in moral fear of Henry's displeasure, and then of never being sure of the "right" religion or whether they have innocently said or done something that might possibly be construed as treason or heresy.

The writing is compelling and moving, giving us all the right parts of the story. Carr has instilled a real sense of fear and one believes the characters' s
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Pam
I liked the book. It is he first book in Carr's Daughters of England series. It is a love story, a mystery and an epic historical saga during the reign of King Henry VIII. The story was centered more on the people of England and how the cruel actions of the aristocracy affected their lives. As different factions reigned, it determined how the people had to live their lives and how they had to worship. The people never knew who they could trust. The second in the series continues on about the fam ...more
Chrystal
Jun 05, 2016 Chrystal rated it really liked it
This highly entertaining historical novel is set during the tumultuous (and terrifying) reigns of Henry VIII and his daughter Queen Mary after him. People lived in constant fear of their heads being chopped off for disagreeing with the King over who was the rightful head of the Church (he or the Pope) or if you were one of his ever-changing wives, whether he was wanting a new wife. Queen Mary would burn you for a heretic if you weren't a Catholic. The book ends with Mary's death and the new era ...more
Heather
Jan 29, 2015 Heather rated it it was ok
Tudor-era historical fiction? Normally, that's my cup of tea. The Miracle at St. Bruno's, however, fell a bit flat for me.

I'm typically a fan of Jean Plaidy, but I did not recognize this book as being by her (under a different pen name) - the writing did not live up to what I've come to expect from her. This particular book had a rather bland main character, and the action was all very predictable. It wasn't bad... but it wasn't all that good, either. I'm not sure that I'll try another by Philip
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Gretchen
Dec 04, 2014 Gretchen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tudor-fiction
Jean Plaidy is responsible for my introduction to Tudor fiction. A long time ago someone suggested I read Queen of This Realm: The Tudor Queens and shortly after I started collecting Jean Plaidy books from various local used bookstores. I find Plaidy's works to be perfect for those times when I'm just looking for a quick read and they don't seem to play as fast and loose with history as other authors of Tudor fiction. I won't name said authors but anyone who knows me, knows exactly who I'm point ...more
Jo
Feb 25, 2013 Jo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a reread for me, and it was just as good the second time around. I loved how Carr weaved the story of her fictional people with the historical facts of the courts in Tudor England. I kept wondering how the book was 451 pages since I didn't remember a whole lot happening after a certain point. I flipped the page to 300 and boom it was finished. The remaining 151 pages were the second book in the series. Now I cannot wait to dive into the rest of the series! I inherited the actual books i ...more
Mary
Feb 14, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys historical fiction
Recommended to Mary by: Library Book Sale
"I was born in the September of 1523, nine months after the monks had discovered the child in the crib on that Christmas morning. My birth was, my father used to say, another miracle: He was not young at the time being forty years of age ... My mother, whose great pleasure was tending her gardens, called me Damask, after the rose which Dr. Linacre, the King's physician, had brought into England that year."

So begins the story narrated by Damask Farland, the daughter of an affluent lawyer whose co
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Vicki
Apr 28, 2013 Vicki rated it really liked it
This is a historical fiction book that starts when King Henry VIII was ruler of England and goes through the subsequent Queens ending with Queen Elizabeth I.
It starts out with the "Miracle at St. Bruno's"and follows the life of one family, and the niece and nephew whose parents are killed and come to live with them, through the tumultuous times during the religious upheaval in England. The back and forth between Protestantism and Catholicism and the effect it has on the family and Abbey that is
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Ginger Myrick
Apr 13, 2013 Ginger Myrick rated it really liked it
The Miracle at St. Bruno’s by Philippa Carr is the first novel in the Daughters of England series. It opens during the time of ‘the king’s secret matter’—King Henry VIII’s attempt to put away his first wife, Katherine of Aragon, to marry Anne Boleyn—and moves through the reigns of his successors, concluding shortly after the coronation of Elizabeth I. It is the coming of age story of Damask Farland, the daughter in a privileged household with mysterious ties to neighboring St. Bruno’s Abbey. The ...more
Julie
Jul 24, 2013 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Picked up this book randomly during an ebook sale since it was a historical fiction set in one of my favorite time periods (Tudor/Henry 8th British Era) and it was an enjoyable, although not amazing, read.

The story takes place during Henry VIII's reign (The book spans from when Henry is still married to Katherine of Aragon, his first wife, all the way to Elizabeth ascending the throne) and follows a fictional character by the name of Damask, the daughter of a well off lawyer. Philippa Carr did a
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Linda Bridges
Jun 29, 2016 Linda Bridges rated it it was ok
This book follows the story of Damask, a young woman born during the Tudor reign of Henry VIII. It details her life throughout Henry's rule as well as his son and daughter Mary. It packs a bunch of English history into a small amount of space and does it well without getting too bogged down in historical details. However, the characters seem wooden and one-dimensional. If the whole book had been like the last twenty pages (which moved a fairly fast clip and actually had some action to them) it ...more
Lindsey
Jun 15, 2015 Lindsey rated it it was ok
I had trouble with this one; I think because it's set during King Henry VIII's reign and I've just read too much set during that time period and I know it backwards and forwards. The main character kept on and on about how smart she was too which really got grating after awhile. However, it's the first in a series and I plan to continue. I hope The Lion Triumphant will be better.
Veronlca
Jan 21, 2015 Veronlca rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Tedious

I am a student of Tudor history and expected to enjoy this book. I cannot argue with the author's knowledge of history. She, however, did what I would have thought impossible. She turned this fascinating era into one long bore. I can only call it a penny dreadful.
Lisa clausel
Sep 03, 2015 Lisa clausel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Is this written for junior high girls?

I continued to read hoping for better character development, plot twists, or anything unpredictable. I seriously tried to find out if I was reading a book intended for 12 year olds. Dialogue was flat, stunted and rudimentary.
Julia
Jun 08, 2014 Julia rated it liked it
I stumbled upon this book at age 13 in the junior high school library, and this book began my interest in European history. As an adult rereading this book, I can understand and appreciate the writing for its simple and clear expressions; however, I found the dialog to be sometimes repetitious.
Kay
Jan 05, 2015 Kay rated it really liked it
Shelves: historic-fiction
I was gifted these books by my mother. They are masterful historic romance novels. They are 'go to' favorites that both my mother and I go to regularly. The character development is great, the life situations are true, and there isn't always the happy ending that you are rooting for. That would be the only slight negative for me. The books are so life like in their creation that the unhappy characters make you wish you could slap the 'bad guy' around a bit ;-)

As a Christian, some of the story th
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Barbara Brockhaus
Apr 29, 2016 Barbara Brockhaus rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
I really wanted to love this book but it felt that something was missing or being held back. The story was interesting and I will read the next book in the series.
Ashley
Nov 26, 2014 Ashley rated it did not like it
While this book has an interesting plot, it's hard to get past the ridiculous dialogue. It is very repetitious and the characters repeatedly state the obvious. Give the readers more credit!
Patsy Bishop
Jul 10, 2014 Patsy Bishop rated it really liked it
First part of the book was fascinating and involved more history from the 1500s. Book Two was more of a human interest story. For me, an anti-climactic ending.
Karin Jenkins
Dec 04, 2015 Karin Jenkins rated it liked it
Another piece of historical fiction set in the Tudor era. It was just about good enough to make me finish it but it lacked something to make it compelling.
Linda Brungardt
Damask lives through the reign of Henry VIII and all the religious uncertainty married to a man who is considered a Christmas miracle.
Jenny Stewart
Aug 26, 2015 Jenny Stewart rated it liked it
Good story. Not great. I did enjoy the perspective of King Henry VIII and his ill fated wives. The main narrative was a bit blase.
Artemiz
Feb 18, 2013 Artemiz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, netgalley
I have read fair share of books about Henry VIII and about his and his daughter era, and all of the books have been from the different point of view. Philippa Carr book The Miracle at St. Bruno’s presents new side to this dangerous and tragic time and it is a wonderful mixture about history and fiction.

The story about Damask Farland’s life is very enchanting. It presents its reader with very strong emotions – love, fear, hate, suspense, frustration, tenderness, trust and faith. The sneak peek in
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Eleanor Alice Burford, Mrs. George Percival Hibbert was a British author of about 200 historical novels, most of them under the pen name Jean Plaidy which had sold 14 million copies by the time of her death. She chose to use various names because of the differences in subject matter between her books; the best-known, apart from Plaidy, are Victoria Holt (56 million) and Philippa Carr (3 million). ...more
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