I loved this erotic book and I didn't even mind the whirlwind romance because when the right one comes along, you just know.
Phoebe and Ned met in anI loved this erotic book and I didn't even mind the whirlwind romance because when the right one comes along, you just know.
Phoebe and Ned met in an unusual place. Through the Devil DeVere's machinations, they ended up together and in only a short period of time fell in lust. The scenes were highly entertaining and arousing at the same time, specially when Ned showed his true colors in the bedroom.
Phoebe was driven to be an actress due to a previous dismissal and she's really strong to weather it all. There was instant attraction between she and Ned but he's more subdued. With a little coaxing and seduction, their time together marked historical.
It was tragic. I didn't like it for that reason, but to give credit to the author, this book was expertly written. Philippa Gregory made a convincingIt was tragic. I didn't like it for that reason, but to give credit to the author, this book was expertly written. Philippa Gregory made a convincing plot, weaved fact and fiction, and I was really carried away. This is the third novel I read from the author and I wasn't expecting it to be harsh.
I read for entertainment, and I really felt the sorrow, the pain, and the angst while reading this book. It's 90% tragedy, and 10% redemption. Even though things turned out well for Mary, those events didn't compensate the heavy tone of the book.
To sum it up, the author's account of Mary Boleyn coincided with historical facts or probably suppositions, because no one really knows, right? Mary was described as prettier than her sister Anne, but the latter is more cunning and ambitious. Everything was, I can't say exaggerated, but extreme. They weren't really family, but pawns in a game being played by their Uncle. Anne was evil incarnate and she got what she gave, it's a perfect example of karma. Mary on the other hand, was the epitome of contentment. I didn't expect the homosexuality and incest, it was discreetly implied.
I appreciated the author's writing style, it was fluent and effective given the first person point of view. I read it until the end just to get it over with, and because of this I'd rest from reading her novels. I wasn't really entertained, I was disturbed. This is one of the books that slowed my reading pace. ...more
This is the second Philippa Gregory novel that I've read, though it should have been the first. I wasn't aware there was a Tudor series but I still enThis is the second Philippa Gregory novel that I've read, though it should have been the first. I wasn't aware there was a Tudor series but I still enjoyed this one. It was dragging at first because the novel's plot was linear so it started from the beginning, since Catalina was Infanta of Spain, a young girl who watched her parents wage war against the Moors, until she became Katherine of Aragon, Queen of England.
I have to admit I only listened in passing to my history professor about this before, but because of this novel, my interest was piqued. I started asking questions, "What was she really like?", and "Did these really happen?" because I'm in the dark when it comes to European history. All I know is the love story between Catalina and Arthur was purely fiction, but I liked how the author made everything romantic.
The heroine's character was really strong and constant, this novel was really about her. I admire Ms Gregory's research, it was thorough and the way she weaved fiction and nonfiction was superb. Because of the shift in omniscient to first person point of view, I found myself being emotional whenever Katherine was in a vulnerable state. I'll definitely read the next in the series....more
This was the first Philippa Gregory book I've read and I had to adjust to her writing style. She told the story through the three perspectives of thisThis was the first Philippa Gregory book I've read and I had to adjust to her writing style. She told the story through the three perspectives of this book. I found the sentiments redundant especially 1) Mary: I'm a queen like no other, I am sacred, I cannot be touched by mere commoners, even without a kingdom I'll always be queen; 2) George: I love the other queen, but my loyalty is to Elizabeth; 3) Bess: I came from nothing and now I have everything, and I would do anything to keep all my wealth for myself, my children, and my grandchildren.
This author was highly recommended by a friend due to her expertise in royal fiction, I was also made aware that she wrote "The Other Boleyn Girl", which was turned into a movie. I was looking for something new to read and this was just up my alley. I have very little knowledge about Mary, Queen of Scots because I wasn't paying attention to my history class. After I read this, it inspired me to do my own reading so I can separate fact from fiction. This author has an imagination and effectively wrote in the first person point of view that made me feel triumph, excitement, and anxiety. I've read from the other reviews that this wasn't one of her best works but at least I got a grasp of her writing. It's very descriptive, assertive, and convincing.
Her version of Mary's life was very romantic and tragic at the same time, and this book was remarkably filled with detail and extensive research. ...more