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'New' Books I have read during 2010

Sarah
 
The Taste of Sorrow
The Taste of Sorrow
"Like all Jude Morgan's books, this is beautifully written - don't expect an uplifting read, though! It tells the story of the Bronte sisters, Charlotte, Emily and Anne and their family. My only criticism is that the main protagonist, Charlotte, is a little difficult to interpret (the personalities of the other characters come through very early)"
Blood Royal
Blood Royal
"The life of Katherine de Valois, Queen to Henry V. Very questionable historical accuracy, but little is known of Katherine's life (especially the circumstances of her second marriage to Owen Tudor)."
Sacred Hearts
Sacred Hearts
"Another fantastic historical tale from Sarah Dunant, this is a vivid and evocative tale of cloistered life in a 15th century Italian nunnery."
The Devil's Queen: A Novel of Catherine de Medici
The Devil's Queen: A Novel of Catherine de Medici
"A very historically inaccurate life of France's notorious Queen Consort, Catherine de Medici. Disappointing."
The Confession of Katherine Howard
The Confession of Katherine Howard
"Suzannah Dunn writes Tudor novels in a contemporary style with modern language, She does play extremely fast and loose with accepted historical facts in this novel, so not  for purists such as I!!"
The Red Queen (Cousins War 2)
The Red Queen (Cousins War 2)
"Philippa Gregory has been very prolific in her writing output since the success of her 'Other Boleyn Girl' and I think this shows to her detriment in the quality of recent works. Fairly routine tale of Margaret Beaufort."
The Lady In The Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn (Queen of England Series)
The Lady In The Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn (Queen of England Series)
"For devotees of Anne Boleyn. Non-fiction account of her last days - interesting, but no startling revelations."
The Captive Queen
The Captive Queen
"The life of Eleanor of Acquitaine. Alison Weir primarily writes non-fiction. Her historical fiction is very laboured in execution and characterisation, but much more historically accurate than most."
Dissolution (The Shardlake Series)
Dissolution (The Shardlake Series)
"The first 'Shardlake' Tudor mystery novel. Evokes the period, its people and its brutality wonderfully, but readers need to suspend belief regarding the plot (and the very high body counts)!!"
Dark Fire (The Shardlake Series)
Dark Fire (The Shardlake Series)
"The second 'Shardlake' mystery ... see above!"
Sovereign: 3 (The Shardlake Series)
Sovereign: 3 (The Shardlake Series)
"The third 'Shardlake' mystery ... see above!"
Revelation (The Shardlake Series)
Revelation (The Shardlake Series)
"The fourth 'Shardlake' mystery ... see above!"
The Endless Forest
The Endless Forest
"The sixth and final 'Wilderness' novel. Very readable but not memorable. The author's epilogue which 'disposes of' long-term characters via brief newspaper clippings was a real disappointment."
The Lady Penelope: The Lost Tale of Love and Politics in the Court of Elizabeth I
The Lady Penelope: The Lost Tale of Love and Politics in the Court of Elizabeth I
"A biography of Lady Penelope Rich, Sir Philip Sidney's muse in the 'Stella' poems. Has excellent reviews, but to me, gave little insight into Penelope's character, and more a history of the times."
Shelley: The Pursuit
Shelley: The Pursuit
"Thorough and detailed biography of the Romantic era poet - in some ways a much less romantic figure than his poetry suggests."
Remarkable Creatures
Remarkable Creatures
"A gorgeously written novel, the story of two very different women and their passion for fossil hunting - and the condemnation of the church and society that they faced."
The Aviary Gate
The Aviary Gate
"A 'past and present' novel with two interlinking stories - a student tries to uncover the story of a young Englishwoman trapped in a 16th century harem. Not exceptional in any way!"
Time's Legacy
Time's Legacy
"Barbara Erskine novel recounting legend of the historical Jesus Christ's visit to England - readible but routine"
A Little Folly
A Little Folly
"For fans of Jane Austen - charming fiction set in Regency England."