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The Queen's Pleasure by Brandy Purdy
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Jun 01, 2012

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bookshelves: first-reads, 2012
Read from June 28 to July 07, 2012

I received this book as a part of the Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

In Brandy Purdy's novel about the relationships of Robert Dudley with his wife, Amy, and Queen Elizabeth, the point of view alternates between the two women. While this provides a deep look into the characters, acquainting the reader with each woman's innermost thoughts, the two voices are quite similar -- both women seem to have the same voice. As the book progresses, having begun with Amy's death and then tracing the years that led up to it, the reader develops and understanding for each woman, but a disgust for Robert. Depending on the first person narrator, the reader either follows Elizabeth's fun with the man or Amy's love for and loss of him. At times painful to read, this text paints a vivid picture of what life could have been like for Robert's wife. Although the writing style can be at times dense and filled with lists and too many descriptors, the author succeeds in creating a rich tale of love lost.

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