Nothing else to endear me to her. Tudor-era historical fiction fans who are willing to accept the unusual premise will be rewarded with an original and entertaining read that's reminiscent of the best of Philippa Gregory. She of course is the most beautiful, most charming, most loved by everyone and is able to get away with anything because she is so admired. Really, we rewrote English history for a tepid murder mystery? At any time you can delete any comment that you have left on the site or contact myself to remove it for you. I don't know what to say Recommending to the ones who love royalty, conspiracies, murders, steamy romance and a teacup of your loving Tudors family. So with all that said, with all due respect, I'm glad you died when you did. I'm generally not too fond of these types of novels, but I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised at this one, I thought the author did an excellent job of imagining a new world, and how everyone's lives are so changed just from one child reaching adulthood.
She has continued producing one book after another. Then comes the mystery to be solved. Perfect for Philippa Gregory fans. But the biggest omission is Katherine Howard, especially as her family plays a pivotal role in this novel. I debated what to rate this because, once again, Goodreads doesn't use half stars.
There's a romance in here, but it doesn't takes up the whole story nor overwhelms it. Maybe not as hard hitting a story as I wanted, but entertaining just the same. I didn't care about him harboring an affection for Minuette, another ridiculous name. Especially as Andersen wants us to believe Minuette is so desirable. Against a tide of secrets, betrayal, and murder, William finds himself fighting for the very soul of his kingdom - and for his right to marry for love not duty. William at one point wants to choose who he marries but in the next chapter is set on marrying for political gain while taking mistresses. The dialogue sounded jarringly modern, and few details were present to really give a sense of the time period.
But had you actually given birth to a son, things would have sucked. They wouldn't have just died quietly into the night. Andersen focuses on creating an exciting, action-driven plot containing strong doses of both intrigue and romance. Her multidimensional characters are so real that readers will wish it was history and eagerly await the next in the trilogy. There aren't many things to say about her as you already probably will know already about her.
Tudor-era historical fiction fans who are willing to accept the unusual premise will be rewarded with an original and entertaining read that's reminiscent of the best of Philippa Gregory. Title: The Boleyn Deceit Author: Laura Andersen. Laura Andersen's splendidly imagined novel provides a fresh take on an era in history that's been done to death. In the end I had to tell myself that, for the purposes of my story, even the real people are characters and I had to treat them as such. The lure of 'what would have happened if Anne Boleyn had lived' is a strong one for Tudorphiles.
I loved this books there was so much going with this book that it made fun to try to guess what would happen next. And intrigue as William attempts to keep his interest in Minuette discreet. Aside from Andersen causing me to care and essentially fall in love with these characters, the most important aspect to this novel was how it kept surprising me turn after turn. Anne Boleyn got Henry at the end and she did it all by herself. Andersen focuses on creating an exciting, action-driven plot containing strong doses of both intrigue and romance. Overall I enjoyed it, it was intriguing, entertaining and interesting.
It's what made me keep reading about these people and it became a passion for me. I wonder if any other readers got the same impression? Liz is free to just chill, be the Princess, be spoiled by her brother, be his personal secretary because the King has more important things to do than to respond to letters from his subjects. An alternative history gives an author an ideal opportunity to explore a what if? Unlike the first novel, I could have used a family tree for reference. She was strong, beautiful, smart, and was willing to do everything for those whom she loves. William takes on a lover while mulling over political marriages.
However, I did have some issues with this novel which prevented me from liking it quite so much as I would have otherwise. That is something that, as a Tudor fan, I liked to speculate on. It was an odd choice for the author to make, in my opinion. What if Mary I had had a healthy child? Robert Dudley is also a part of the story and after finishing the book I am very intrigued. Worse still, he does not know that Minuette and Dominic are resonating on the same frequency. Will and Elizabeth are close and each has a confidante Dominic and Minuette respectively.
I don't blame him for wanting to fuck everything with a hole. When one of Elizabeth's ladies in waiting end up dead under suspicious circumstances, the foursome decide to investigate. He would wed for practicality, and take his pleasures where he could. It was a romance vaguely veiled as historical fiction. So, just pass this one.