Really enjoyed reading this book. It shed new light for me on the perspectives of the first polygamists, as well as the modern day practitioners. It is a shocking life and builds a great case for at least some government involvement. Through the course of the two parallel stories, the reader really gets a decent picture of the history of the Latter Day Saints. I was very glad to have read it. It has certainly whet my appetite for exploring this world more and also reading more by this author.
I enjoyed this book. It was pretty fast paced with enough adventure and intrigue to keep the interest of the reader. I read a lot of historical fiction and keep my wikipedia handy so I can look up the actual facts when something seems too crazy to be true. As with much of Tudor history, the more outlandish, the more likely it is to be true. In this book, the main character and his story is fiction, however, the basic happenings of why and how Jane Grey was queen for 9 days was based on actual history. I can honestly say I learned a lot about the people, characters and history of that particular time. I can also say that this book brought me back to elementary school, when reading chapter books was new and exciting. I remember as a child, every adventure seemed so vivid I could almost picture myself there. In those books, there were not as many harsh realities of some the elements in life either. The Tudor Secret, though it touched on some of the less pleasant aspects of the times, for the most part kept things clean and quick. The author relied more on mystery and character development to keep the reader hooked. It made for a very pleasant read that also taught about another crazy time in Tudor England. Nice job, Gortner!
Once again, Sarah Addison Allen steals your heart and tickles your brain! Introduced to this author through the Early Reviewers program, I cannot imagine not reading everything she has written. This book takes the reader into the world of self-consciousness, labels and family expectations. The characters go on their respective and intersecting journeys to freedom from all of the above. With enough truth and grit that we have all experienced in one form or another and enough of a magical touch, Allen has managed to create another amazing and unique work of art.Can't wait for the next book!
As a big fan of British History fiction, I was really excited to win this book. And it did not disappoint! I've not read anything by Dunn yet, but I have one of her other books in my queue and am now very excited to read it. I found this book to be well researched, giving the reader a better understanding of the order and turns of events surrounding Henry VIII's 5th wife. Very little in the book is actually about Henry or the Tudors. It is more about Katherine and her life, her personality, her friends, her choices. If you are interested in the era, this book is insightful.I also really enjoyed the tone of the book, which lent itself to the understanding of Katherine and her ways. The story is told by her best friend, who struggles with Katherine's moral compass vs accepting her for who she just is. This "queen" is so easily shrugged off as a teen floozy; I was glad to read a book that explored her character, or true lack thereof, a little more deeply. A quick read. I will certainly recommend the book to my fellow Anglophiles! :-)
I think that the author of this book had a wonderful journey discovering genealogical stories! A genealogy person myself, I can appreciate that. I found this book to be very emotionally/subjectively written, as would be expected from a descendent. There is nothing inherently wrong with that. (I am not a very emotional/subjective type... so take this from whence it came.)I have enjoyed historical novels as a way to whet history, so to speak... keep it from being so dry. While I thought this book was a heart-felt story, I found that I did not really walk away with a richer sense of history. I love clever twists and robust writing. This is a narrative-novel, plain and simple. If you want a biography, written in narrative from, THIS is your book! If not, you may want to explore another work of lit.
I'm trying to think of anything I did NOT like about this book. I thoroughly enjoyed everything. The writing was well done, gritty and vivid. The reader is instantly thrust back in to this harsh period of English history. Loved the clever play on the "Lady's Slipper," both flower and shoe. Both so delicate and were alternately responsible for Alice's fate. I really enjoyed the ride of the book. The changes in the characters, based on whatever the current circumstance and the twists in the plot made for a book that will at once grab your attention and take you through a journey sadness, anger, lust, vengeance, personal battles of integrity, nausea, fear and, of course, love. Great job Deborah Swift. I hope you are hard at work on your next novel. Can't wait to read it!
First, and foremost, great writing! I believe there is a book for all times... it is just finding the right one to fill what you need at that particular time. This was not probably the best time for me to read this book, but understand that I would have normally put it away for another day. And I did not. That is purely a testament to the authors use of the language. Well done!Having said that, I found the book to be (for the first 200 pages or so) a bit on the pity-party emotional side. Not so much my style. It was hard, at times, to keep focused... so much talk about drama and feelings. However, glad I stuck with it. After 200 pages, surprises started showing up. One after the other! Lots of great twists and turns. I would love to read this book again during a time when I could afford the energy an emotional journey requires. I think, regardless, it would be more exciting (knowing what one learns from the end of the book) to read a second time. I would also, most certainly, read another Daphne Du Maurier book in the future.
I hardly know what to say as this is not an average book. I thought it would fall somewhere between Old Man and the Sea and Lord of the Flies. I suppose to some extent, it did. I am amazed at what I felt while reading the book. The author has this uncanny ability, through language, pace, tone, etc. to make you feel what the characters are going through, in your very gut. At the beginning, I loved the language and the set up for the novel. Then, I all at once began to feel like this was starting drag a little, like I wanted the book to hurry up and finish. No such luck. The second part of the book reeaallly takes you on an uncomfortable journey that you feel will never end. It almost made my skin crawl, my gut wretch and my eyes burn... but I kept reading. I couldn't leave it. And on and on... my breathing even got more labored and in pace with the rhythm of an ocean, when I read the second part of the book.Then came the third part and I knew I was reading what should absolutely become a classic for so many reasons. The third part really did bring it to the place it needed to go. As soon as I finished the book, I took several deep breaths and knew for years to come, to those who were up for this sort of intensity, I would be recommending this book .
Enjoyed this take on one of the greatest mysteries of all time. Though some of the adventures will a little far-fetched, it was a fun and imaginative read. I get the feeling the author really enjoyed writing the book... which I love. Would recommend it. Also, great alternative perspectives on some well known characters in history.
Enjoyed the writing! It was a quick read, but not dumbed down. Loved the wit too! There were so many playful wordings and characters, it made for a fun read. The story was nicely developed and unfolded well, with plenty of little twists. I will certainly be reading more Elizabeth Peters!