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The Countess and the King by Susan Holloway Scott
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Feb 13, 2012

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Although admittedly I did enjoy The French Mistress more than The Countess and the King, I was not entirely unsatisfied with this novel. The main gripes I might have would be that at times it did get a bit dull and the politics of the age seemed to bog down the story more often than not. Also, Katherine's relationship with the Duke of York did not surface until about halfway through the book and sometimes I felt like the novel focused less on her and James and more on her and her father. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but naturally I assumed it would have revolved around her relationship with the future monarch. Putting those minor things aside, I did love the historical accuracy that was maintained throughout, and you can clearly see that Susan Holloway Scott puts a lot into her research, which is, of course, much appreciated in royal fiction.
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