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The Lady in the Tower

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Spring 1540. Eleanor's mother is imprisoned in the Lady Tower after a terrible accusation. For four years Eleanor's only comfort has been their secret notes to one another. But then a chance discovery reveals a plot to murder her mother and Eleanor must free her before it is too late
Paperback, 317 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Oxford University Press
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Carla *Jen7waters*
I had high hopes for this book, not because I knew the author (I didn't), but because the reviews were so good and it totally sounded like my type of book; and when I started reading, the story reminded me a little bit of one of my favorite books ever, Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith, but now I have to take that back because it's actually insulting.

The heroine, Eleanor, was cute at first, but after a while she just started to annoy me---the thing is, she doesn't think, and I can't deal with heroine
Rebecca- Books
May 18, 2012 Rebecca- Books rated it it was amazing
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If you are looking for a historical fiction book with lots of gore and fighting, I would click away right now, but WAIT, click here instead because this would be much better suited for your tastes.
This book is historical fiction with a lovely bit of romance thrown in for good measure.

When I first picked up this book, I had my doubts. I love historical fiction but mostly when they have some gentlemanly romance. From reading th
Jan 25, 2009 Gennie rated it really liked it
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†☻☯★GothicPrincess (aka alixx )★☯☻
It is really good, I started it at 4 in the afternoon, and finished it 4 in the morning of the next day! Oops! It was really good, not many books do that to me, but it was one of the few.
Jan 21, 2010 C rated it liked it
Hmm not bad. This is the story of Lady Elizabeth Hungerford and her imprisonment in the castle at Farleigh. Her daughter, Eleanor, is determined to get her out by any way or means.

I didn't like the use of language in this, but since it is aimed at young readers I really cannot complain. This is a good introduction to historical fiction for people who haven't read much of it before.

Marie-Louise Jensen's writing style wants more description, and her characters need more depth.
Oct 21, 2010 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
Eleanor had a happy childhood in 16th century England, during the reign of King Henry VIII. Her loving and indulgent parents allowed her to ride horses and learn to joust with her cousin and younger brother, and did not scold her too much for her failure to learn ladylike tasks such as sewing. That all changed when Eleanor was eleven. Her father, suddenly a different man than the one she had known all her life, falsely accused her mother of terrible crimes and had her locked in a tower in their ...more
Rachel MacNaught
Dec 04, 2013 Rachel MacNaught rated it it was ok
i enjoyed this more than i thought i would. at least enough to find myself caught up in the plot.

but lord, is it badly written. the premise is weak and never explained. a woman's loving husband suddenly throws her in a tower, claiming she's a witch. he then keeps her there for many years, poisoning her and having his Chaplain rape her.
that's it. don't look for a reason, because there won't be one. there wasn't even a charge laid on WHY he thought her a witch. there was no motivation and it was a
May 28, 2011 SJ rated it liked it
This really did feel like two distinct books with two different goals in mind. The beginning felt like a story of a young girl who rebels against the gender norms of the time to try to do what's right for her family. Granted, it was a bit awkwardly written and felt more like a female version of the movie A Knight's Tale, but I respected that if it was following a format, at least it was a pro-girl format.

Later on, though,the book takes some turns that are decidedly out of the box it seems to be
Feb 11, 2016 Christeen rated it liked it
I wish I enjoyed this book more than I did. The story was interesting, I learned that it's based on an actual event, and I got to mark another book off my TBR list. That's good.

The book isn't bad at all, I just think it wasn't a right fit for me. I would have been completely taken with this book if I were 12-14, I just wasn't now.

Most annoying thing for me is the inconsistencies in the main character's knowledge of sex. First she has no clue what is being referred to, and she has no clue what la
Jan 19, 2014 mals rated it really liked it
I am pretty tired of the spunky historical heroines who hate sewing, but I was still proud of Eleanor when she was able to show off her jousting skills, and I liked her resourcefulness in trying to save her mother alone because nobody else was paying attention. The love interest, Stanton, was pretty charming too; he doesn't go around willfully misunderstanding her and condescending and getting in her way (ahem, "hero" of The Girl in the Mask). Instead he clearly likes her more and more as he get ...more
Dec 22, 2009 Jules rated it really liked it
This book WAS from the 1600s, so i thought i would have some difficulties on reading it, without getting confused...

I'm SO happy to say that this was an interesting book! It was a little tough at some parts but all in all, IT WAS AMAZING!!!!!

I MIGHT even have to read another of her books...

...time will tell :D
I love this book and the way in which the time (1540) is described. The heroine is inspirational, rebelling and confused... and the love interest is dashing. It is a thrilling romance that grabs attention and shocks all! I love it!!!
Kristine Maite Suarez
it's unlike any other regency stories i have ever read..

captivating plot.intriguing twists.praiseworthy enchanting read.

i did not regret ever buying this book online.

indeed,the book was like a breath of fresh air.
Izzie Walster
Feb 03, 2016 Izzie Walster rated it it was amazing
Absolutely amazing, I could not put it down.
Still my favourite book, even after all these years.
Marie-Louise Jensen's take on this historical mystery is so well thought out and entertaining that it leaves you wanting more. The characters are well described and are easy to connect with. The plot itself is also easy to get connected with, pulling you in, into this fictional world, making you a part of the story. It is because of this that I love it - the very fact that the author is able to get t
Mar 01, 2009 Andrea rated it it was amazing
Great historical fiction set in the time of good ol' Henry VIII.
Aug 21, 2011 Larelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A brilliantly written book. Based on real events in history with real people.

I do take on period-based novels (especially something as difficult to achieve with skill like historical fiction) with some trepidation, but this particular story was very skilfully executed. Eleanor is a fantastic character. How much of her character is based in fact, I'm unsure, but she really came to life on page. And although she is aged only 15, I never once question her maturity in her mannerisms for she was SOOO
Shaz Goodwin
Mar 02, 2012 Shaz Goodwin rated it really liked it
The story begins with a prologue. We are in 1540 and Lady Elizabeth is in the tower. Then we flashback to 1536 and the reader is able to see the closeness Eleanor has with her mother and the fun the Hungerford’s had as a family. Lord Walter returns early from a trip to London without his usual exuberance and Lady Elizabeth is taken to the tower by guards for being under suspicion of witchcraft and infidelity. Chapter Two finds us in the present (Spring 1540) and the story continues to show us El ...more
Vickie Wilson
Mar 07, 2014 Vickie Wilson rated it really liked it
Eleanor is quite a bold character for her time, disliking sewing, being rebellious and preferring jousting to idle gossip. Her father dislikes his wilful daughter and seeks to marry her off as soon as possible - she's been lucky once, he died - but will she be able to escape the attentions of Lord Something-or-other? *Pauses and searches through the book for his name* Lord Stanton.

Anyway... I liked Stanton. He was very kind, to help a girl who hated the ground he walked on. He did nothing but go
Oct 15, 2011 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
The Lady in the Tower is one of those books that are special. The books where you are surprised at how much they move you and how good the stroylines are.
The book follows the story of Eleanor. When she was a child her mother had been accussed of witchcraft by her loving husband and was locked up in a tower. Eleanor's father spread the story that her mother was mentally ill and had to be kept away for her own safety, but Eleanor knew the truth. Eleanor was there when her father made the false acc
Leanne Bell
I'm writing this quite a few years after I read it, partially because I realised it was one of the few of the authors books I hadn't reviewed on here and because I remember loving this very much. I still remember the story quite clearly and the way it made me feel.
Tudor England was not a very friendly place for a woman and I really felt for Eleanor's plight. It's bad enough to have your mother accused of a crime she didn't commit, but it's even worse when you witness them punished for years on e
Nina {ᴡᴏʀᴅs ᴀɴᴅ ᴡᴀᴛᴇʀ}
I really loved this. Even more than The Girl in the Mask. Review to come.

SO, I loved The Lady in the Tower more than I liked The Girl in the Mask. It's most likely because the pacing was more even in this one and the development of the romance something hot and fiery. Even though I liked the romance in The Girl In The Mask, I liked the romance between Sophia and Mr Charlton, Eleanor and Stanton had somewhat more tension. I was a little bit more convinced by Eleanor's hesitation and dislike of St
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Oksana  *Bookaholic*
Jun 23, 2013 Oksana *Bookaholic* rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All dem girlies c:
Ohmysweetgoodness. It has been such a long time since I've read a good book, I kinda sorta unbelievably give this book a five star rating. Whoooo! You go, Marie-Louise Jensen!! You've made me believe in the magic of books again!

Anyway, this book was captivating, cute, fun, dangerous, and romantic all at the same time. This book has one of the most genuine and believable romances I've ever encountered. I didn't even put this book on my "wish-it-had-a-sequel" shelf because it was perfect. You kno
December Sunshine
This was surprisingly entertaining - don't look for historical accuracy, because the Henry VIII setting has no impact on the main characters or the writing, which is that of a modern YA novel. On the other hand, while predictable, the characters are interesting and behave in relatively logical ways, and the story has a feel-good quality that made me cut it a lot of slack. It sets out to entertain and keep you turning the page, and it definitely succeeds in that.

Recommended light read with some j
Oct 11, 2011 Rosemary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fast-paced historical YA novel with a feisty heroine, set in England during the time of King Henry VIII (fortunately later than the overwritten Boleyn days) and loosely based on real events.

Young Lady Eleanor Hungerford's mother has been locked in a tower by Eleanor's father, for reasons that are never fully explained. Eleanor is determined, against the odds, to rescue her mother and escape the marriage that her father has planned for Eleanor herself.

Although the basic story line is fairly p
Kathryn Nicklas
May 19, 2014 Kathryn Nicklas rated it really liked it
i read this book quite a while ago, but i can still remember how i felt when i read it. I was always on edge not sure what was coming and through this book i have come to love historical fiction. I find the way they used to live incredibly interesting. I am not going to spoil this book for anyone but i will say if you like historical fiction and also a good mother-daughter relationship then this would be a good read!!
Aug 18, 2014 Ellie rated it really liked it
I thought that this book was very entertaining and thrilling. 'The Lady in the Tower' is set in the 16th century, and is about a girl called Eleanor who doesn't live as much of a wealthy life as would be befitting her status. She is much like her mother, except that Eleanor is not locked away. Eleanor is ignored and has been living like the servants ever since her mother was taken away and locked in a tower isolated from the rest of Farleigh Castle, the servants liked to call THE LADY TOWER. The ...more
Emilie Mules
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This is a really wonderful story surrounded by historical context. Basically it takes place around the time when people are starting to whisper that Henry VIII is not satisfied with Anne of Cleves as a wife. However the focus of the story is on the daughter of nobleman who has to deal with her mother being imprisoned by her father, being betrothed to someone she believes to be part of her father's plot to get rid of her mother, and to top it all of the king visits and it all goes off from there. ...more
Jun 21, 2014 starryskies rated it liked it
I liked the premise, and the writing was pretty good for a YA novel, but the characters were pretty one dimensional, especially the main character. The romance was flat and uninteresting, it lacked any real development and relied mostly on cliches. I would have liked to see more depth from it.
Jul 16, 2011 Jenny rated it it was amazing
While things initially got off to a slow start, it didn't take long for things to pick up. I was thoroughly entranced with the main character, Eleanor, who Jensen had the sense to write as the age she is - 15. And the history was absolutely fascinating. Jensen's history was accurate, thorough, and completely enjoyable. I particularly loved the jousting tournament - I was literally on the edge of my seat. The ending was a bit too good to be true, but really, I wouldn't want it any other way.
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Born Marie-Louise Chalcraft in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire on September 22nd 1964.

I attended a string of state schools, including Chiltern Edge in Oxfordshire. Once my family moved down to Bath in 1979, I attended Fitzmaurice and St Laurence schools in Bradford on Avon. Throughout my primary school years I was constantly told off for reading secretly and writing long stories instead of completi
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