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Six of One is the ultimate 'girls' night in'—with the six wives of Henry VIII. It's the most fun you can have with your nightdress on! Join Dolly, the Tudor-obsessed heroine of "Six of One," on a Yellow Brick Road journey to the alternate reality of an all-girl Tudor court. It all begins when Dolly loses consciousness on the eve of her marriage to the six-times-divorced Ha ...more
Paperback, 302 pages
Published December 2nd 2011 by Createspace (first published November 23rd 2011)
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

About the book:

What began as a typical bachelorette party on the eve of Dolly’s wedding suddenly became something else entirely when she choked on a peanut, lost consciousness and woke up in Tudor England, the guest of Henry VIII’s Grandmother and Mother. This twisted turn of events turns out to be an enlightening and humorous encounter with the spirits of many of the era’s most famous women who finally get to share their side of the “what life was really like in Henry VIII’s court.

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Tammy Walton Grant
Feb 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: folks who are familiar with Henry VIII
Recommended to Tammy by: Misft
I hate to admit it, but I really don't know everything. (Whew! That was really hard. I feel like the Fonz trying to say 'sorry'.)

I don't know beans about the wives of Henry VIII, other than the fact that Anne Boleyn begat Elizabeth I then lost her head, Jane Seymour died (only to be reincarnated as that actress from Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman), Catherine of Aragon was the mother of Bloody Mary, and it seems as though all of them were related to or worked for each other. A rather incestuous bunch,
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Rio (Lynne)
Mar 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
1.5 Stars. I was well aware this was a spoof book going in. I loved the premise (Dolly a history professor) was marrying Harry who'd been married 6 times ala Henry Tudor. During her Bachlerotte Party she chokes on nuts and goes unconscious. She wakes up in Tudorland. She is then visited by the six famous Queens, along with other very important Tudor people. She is met first by Margaret Beaufort and Elizabeth of York. Sounds like a fun read, right? Sadly for me, the author's humor and mine did no ...more
Misfit
Dec 04, 2011 marked it as the-kindle-black-hole
2/12/12. Free on Kindle today.
Erin
Aug 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
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What could be more fun than a henhouse visit with Henry VIII’s women? Admit it, you'd jump at the chance to get the dirt on Old Coppernose straight from the horse's mouth. Just the idea of rubbing elbows with everyone from his indomitable grandmother to his unfortunate great niece makes you giddy. It did me and despite my usual tendencies, I decided to take a chance with Joann Spears’ Six of One.

Looking back, I don’t hate t
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Anastaciaknits
This book is definitely not going to be a book for everyone - but for the right person, you are going to love it!

This is a spoof book, a humorous take on the six wives of Henry VIII. You definitely need to be at least somewhat familiar with the Tudor era in order to really enjoy the book. Spears does a great job of explaining who the characters are as she goes along, so if you need a bit of a nudge for some of the minor characters, she'll help you with that. It's meant to be very funny; alas, I
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Jamie Stanley
I won this book in a first read giveaway. I am OBSESSED with the Tudors. I love all of them. When I first heard about this book I was super excited. This book is a spoof on the tudors, so you cant take it seriously. The author brought in a lot of historical characters into the story that tend to be forgotten. I enjoyed this book, but I would not recommend it to everyone. I would recommend it only to those who know the Tudor history WELL, otherwise most of the humor would be lost. All in all....a ...more
Melissa
Jan 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mmm
Note this was a book won from the giveaway section and may be an advanced reader.


This was a fun romp, definetly fiction and a little pulpish but fun to read.
If you're into the Tudor history at all you'll like it, unless you try to take it seriously.
This is not accurate history but a more fun take into the absurd about what could have been.
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Kris York
Dec 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Overall it's not a bad book, it has some good stuff in it and mentions a lot of historical people. If your a fan of Tudor history or just liked the show the Tudors then you'll enjoy this comedy, but if you've never heard of Henry VIII I'd stay away. ...more
Leslie
I picked up this book almost 2 years ago for free and misshelved it on my Kindle as Brit Mystery; which it isn't. I also started reading it then and wandered off distracted by something shiny. I reapplied myself last night in the mood for something different. And this book hit the different notes over and over.

it is a modern Riff on the six wives of King Henry VIII and the opening is just straight up weird. We join the story at the bridal shower of our protagonist Dolly who is a Professor of Tud
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Claire Ridgway
Mar 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Warning - Do not read if you want the real story of Henry VIII and his six wives - this is a spoof and is therefore not historically accurate.

A fun, rather irreverent, entertaining spoof, is how I'd describe "Six of One" by JoAnn Spears. In Spears's story, modern day history professor, Dolly, is preparing to marry Henry, a man who has baggage - six ex wives, two daughters and a son. As a Tudor history lover, Dolly finds Henry's story funny as it seems to mirror that of Henry VIII and even his ex
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Andrea Guy
Don't come into this looking for a deep, thoughtful read. It isn't that. It is silly and fun and a great read for those of us that like to geek out on Tudor history.

Dolly is a history professor who concentrates on The Tudors! She's getting married to a Harry, who has been married 6 times before..Wait doesn't that sound like a song too...

Then something happens at her bachelorette party...and that's when all the fun ensues.

I absolutely adored this book. It was a quick fun read..a little bit like
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Stephanie Kline
Jun 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
I got an email from JoAnn Spears, asking me if I would review her book on my Tudor website, and I was ecstatic! She sent me the book and I dove right in. It was such a fun ride! How cool would it be for a Tudor-lover to really get a chance to meet and talk to some of the Tudor era's most infamous characters? That's exactly what the main character, Dolly, gets to do in this fun time-travelling adventure. After a food mishap at her bachelorette party, Dolly travels back in time and is confronted b ...more
Ashley
Feb 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-read
I, like others, won this book in the giveaways and was super excited to receive it and start reading. JoAnn the author even sent me a message and seems very friendly.

I know the history of the Tudors fairly well and I think that is why I'm having a bit of a hard time getting through the book. I feel like I keep trying to take it too seriously and am expecting more of a historical break down. However, if you don't know the history at all I think as a reader you will be completely lost. I'll admit
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Ashley
Mar 18, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tudor-era, kindle
Well... this book was a spoof. I knew this going into it. And yet, I think my hopes have been crushed. It was funny at parts- like all the wives in a "bitch slap" fest at one point- but the comparisons to her current situation, and the outlandish "secrets" that each of the wives had to share, I think ruined it for me. The story idea was a great idea, and again, I loved the idea and plot that was played out. The "execution" may be where I had my problem with it. She had me up until Henry VIII's w ...more
Shelley
Mar 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Okay, I am not sure how to rate this book. I liked it, it annoyed me, it made me smile, it made my head hurt....all of the above. I almost quit reading after a few chapters but I hate walking away from a book so I stuck it out. It got some better as it progressed into the stories of the wives.

I know it was a tongue in cheek kind of book and that is fine. I actually enjoyed the basic story behind the all the jokes and asides and the never ending rhymes. Could have done without the rhyming becaus
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Lisa
May 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
I suppose I would describe this as a mix of humour, nonsense, Tudor geekery and chick-lit. The story and ideas were far too outlandish to be taken seriously, and the dialogue was very annoying albeit, I acknowledge, cleverly put together. The various central themes did tie together nicely too, although they made the ending predictable, and the editing was fine - I only spotted a few typos.

However, it wasn't one of my favourite reads. I wouldn't rush out to recommend it to anyone, but I wouldn't
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Shannon
Jan 02, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: won-in-giveaway
Could not get into this one. Maybe I'll go back to it later. ...more
Natalie
I mean...it was fun and it was quick. As someone who reads a ton of Tudor historical fiction, I liked the concept of a modern day heroine meeting the six wives of Henry VIII at the same time. And truly, the interactions between the wives didn't let me down. I wish their secrets (especially Katherine of Aragon's) weren't so far-fetched - I definitely literally rolled my eyes. And there's no character development for the protagonist, but I think that's because the author chose to focus on the inha ...more
Mary Howard
To be honest? The only reason I continued this book until the end is my innate fascination with the Tudor dynasty. When the Tudor storyline waned towards the end of the book I basically skimmed through the last few pages of the book to get to the end. The main character has a penchant for constantly rhyming her dialogue and puns. This got to be irritating at about the halfway mark which is sad because the premise of the storyline was actually good though a bit confusing at the end. I wont be rea ...more
Lynne
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this story of Dolly, a professor of history who specialises in the Tudor period. On the eve of her wedding to Harry (who has been married 6 times before), she travels to an alternate space where she spends an evening with several Tudor women, including the 6 wives. The secrets she learns will help her make decisions when she returns to her own space. Lots of laughs, and a well imagined background to known historical facts.
Karen Keane
A simple little read about Dolly who is about to marry Harry, who has been married 6 times previously. After a knock on the head she meets the 6 wives of Henry VIII, who all give Dolly advice and explain their lives and actions. It really is just a bit of fun, with extravagant tales about the wives and very little historical accuracy.
Sherri
This was so fun. I haven't laughed this much from a book in a long time. I would suggested knowing a bit about the Tudor Era first. If I started this book without the background knowledge I know this book wouldn't have been as fun, or as easy to follow. I know I will re-read this to laugh all over again.
I am looking forward to reading more of JoAnn Spear's other works.
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Whitney Joy
The premise of this book was brilliant but I got bored with it trying to keep Henry the 8th’s wives straight. I thought I had a pretty good grasp of the history of the Tudors but apparently I was wrong. If you don’t know the history of Henry the 8th and his wives, I do not recommend reading this.
Teri Peterson
Feb 22, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
I don’t really know what to say....the plot so contrived, the ease of guessing the ending from halfway through, the dubious historical imagination woven between high school history lectures....but I couldn’t stop either. So as a diverting read for a rainy Saturday on the train....ok. 2.5 stars.
Phil Ellenberger
Most interesting

The stories in this book posit some interesting deviation to histry. One would hesitate to do more than hope for some of the deviations to be reliable. All seem plausible.The tale is so well written it generates hopeful desire
Fiona Andrew
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a hoot

Totally loved this story. The characters some based on real people made the book so much fun. Imagine if the stories they told were true, it’s girl power all the way. Such an easy read full of laugh out loud moments. Highly recommended.
Wendy Hames
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this book

I am interested in all things Tudor. The was such a great book for lovers of this era. I laughed and giggled on most pages. Looking forward to the next book.
Caprice
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Funny

I enjoyed reading this book. It was nice to read something that wasn't full of angst for a change! I highly recommend it if you are looking for a little laughter.
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Michelle
Good book

You people should just read this book yourselves and write your own review on this novel yourself and I really enjoyed reading this book very much so. Shelley MA
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JoAnn Spears couldn't decide whether to major in English or History in college. Life stepped in, and she wound up with a Master's Degree in Nursing instead.

A twenty-five year nursing career didn't extinguish that early interest in books and history-especially Tudor history. It did, however, stoke a decidedly gallows sense of humor. Eventually, JoAnn read just about every spin there was on the sto
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