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The Constant Princess (The Tudor Court, #1)
This book is, in my opinion, Gregory’s best novel. Some historical fiction can be a little too tawdry for my taste. (But don’t get me wrong, tawdry is...more
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Dec 30, 2010
Life Mask
This is an excellent novel. For me it was slow-going in the beginning but once I was a quarter of the way in, I couldn't put it down. The story is so...more
Mar 12, 2011
Feb 07, 2011
Insurrection (The Insurrection Trilogy, #1)
Wow! What a saga this was. I listened to this as an audio book. It took me forever! And I think this is only the first of what is to be a trilogy. Eve...more
May 04, 2011
Feb 11, 2011
The Darling Strumpet
I cannot praise this book enough. Bagwell took on quite a challenge. It is very difficult, in my estimation, to write a novel that covers an entire li...more
Feb 07, 2011
Dec 31, 2010
Grave Goods (Mistress of the Art of Death, #3)
I am bound to give this novel at least three stars since I couldn't stop reading it and finished it in a couple days BUT that being said, I think I am...more
Jan 31, 2011
Jan 26, 2011
The Devil's Queen: A Novel of Catherine de Medici
This novel is more of a saga than a "story." It spans the whole of Catherine de Medici's lifetime and pays equal attention to each period. It reads mo...more
Jan 24, 2011
Jan 07, 2011
In the Company of the Courtesan
I wish I had read this book in the traditional way rather than listening to an audio presentation of it. The author expresses many witty asides and in...more
Feb 16, 2011
Jan 27, 2011
The White Queen (The Cousins' War, #1)
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel when I read it directly after it hit the shelves. I seredipitously came across it the day Barnes and Noble shelved it....more
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Dec 30, 2010
Vestal Virgin
As an obssessive reader of historical fiction, I've been around the block so to speak when it comes to historical novels such as this one. There are m...more
Jan 09, 2011
Jan 02, 2011
The Thirteenth Tale
Wow. This is one book that is best read rather than listened to (which I did). It's a modern Gothic suspense novel, which I really enjoyed. This is to...more
May 31, 2011
Apr 06, 2011
Rashi's Daughters, Book II: Miriam: A Novel of Love and the Talmud in Medieval France
I am head over heals for this series. Each book is better than the last. Being a lover of histories and and historical fiction, I read them constantly...more
Mar 27, 2011
Dec 31, 2010
The Lady and the Unicorn
This novel is amazingly substantial given its short length. It takes place during the Renaissance and switches settings between Paris and Brussels. It...more
May 12, 2011
Feb 17, 2011
The Queen's Secret (Queens of England, #7)
**spoiler alert** This one of my least favorite of Plaidy’s novels. It is in the style of most of Plaidy’s other novels- a sprawling biographical acco...more
Nov 11, 2011
Feb 08, 2011
The Reluctant Queen: The Story of Anne of York (Queens of England, #8)
I had somewhat low expectations when I began listening to the audiobook production for this novel. I have never been particularly interested in Anne N...more
Nov 14, 2011
Feb 08, 2011
Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell, #1)
This is an EXCELLENT novel. Mantel is a superb writer and I really enjoyed her writing style. This book follows loosely the most important parts of Th...more
Nov 11, 2011
Feb 06, 2011
The Queen of Last Hopes: The Story of Margaret of Anjou
This is, dare I say, the perfect historical novel. It took me longer to finish than it should have- I’m 8 ½ months pregnant and exhausted all of the t...more
Nov 17, 2011
Dec 31, 2010
The Blood of Flowers
This is an excellent novel. It is written with wonderfully descriptive language but it isn't too flowery or overblown. I have a research interest in I...more
Sep 29, 2011
Dec 31, 2010
Signora Da Vinci
I really enjoyed this novel. I've read one by Maxwell before and I abandoned it half way through because it got a little boring to me. This novel also...more
Sep 13, 2011
Dec 30, 2010
A Murderous Procession (Mistress of the Art of Death, #4)
It is always difficult for a serial author to engage a reader with her subsequent novels as much as she did with the first. The second and third book...more
Mar 02, 2011
Dec 30, 2010
Dark Angels
This is a fictional story taking place in Restoration England. However, some of the novel is set in Louis XIV's France. Most of the main characters in...more
Apr 29, 2011
Jan 26, 2011
Exit the Actress
I really enjoyed this novel. It is unlike all other novels about Nell Gwynn because the author attempts to capture the private Nell, not Nell the mist...more
Jul 04, 2011
Dec 31, 2010
Cleopatra's Daughter
For me, this novel was a slow-starter. For some, the first quarter of the book may have seemed like the most climactic moments in the story but for me...more
May 19, 2011
Dec 31, 2010
The Murder of King Tut
This is the first of Patterson's books that I've ever tried to read and I won't make that mistake again. It's just not for me. I really wanted to like...more
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Dec 30, 2010
The Borgia Bride
This novel was hauntingly delicious to read but I sometimes I doubted the author's knowledge of the field of history.

She captures the flavor of the e...more
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Dec 30, 2010
The Other Queen (The Tudor Court, #6)
The beginning of this book is extraordinarily dry. It was a real struggle to get through it but the book ended up redeeming itself as it went on. It w...more
Apr 07, 2011
Dec 31, 2010
Myself, My Enemy (Queens of England, #1)
This isn't the best book I've ever read but it's a his fic classic. I wish I had read all the classics first, to get a better base in the genre before...more
Jul 21, 2011
Feb 08, 2011
Sacred Hearts
This is the third novel by Sarah Dunant that I have read. It may be my favorite! I have one hang-up with Dunant's writing: she rarely if ever describe...more
Mar 20, 2011
Feb 11, 2011
The Anatomy of Ghosts
I enjoyed this novel. The characters are more interesting than most and the story is exceptionally logical and unified. This novel seeks to explore th...more
Mar 27, 2012
Mar 09, 2011
Rashi's Daughters, Book III: Rachel: A Novel of Love and the Talmud in Medieval France
I really loved this entire series. Out of all three of the books, this one was perhaps my least favorite but not because it wasn't good. I personally...more
Jul 15, 2011
Dec 31, 2010
The Sealed Letter
I'm always enthralled by Donoghue's writing so I expected to love this novel and I did. Her writing is just exceptional and I always LOOOOOOVE the sto...more
May 22, 2011
Dec 31, 2010
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