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Marie-Louise Jensen
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1 Jan 2009
Spring 1540

I am afraid. You are in grave danger. Mother, will you run away with me if I can free you?

The servants call it the Lady Tower: the isolated part of the castle where Eleanor's mother is imprisoned after a terrible accusation. For four years Eleanor's only comfort has been their secret notes to one another.

A chance discovery reveals a plot to murder her mother. Now Eleanor must free her before it is too late. But with danger and betrayal at every turn, she can trust no one. Especially not her father.

Eleanor must use all her cunning to survive. For she soon realises that it is not just her mother she needs to save . . . but also herself.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (1 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192755315
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192755315
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 256,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marie-Louise Jensen (nee Chalcraft) was born in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, of an English father and Danish mother. Her early years were largely devoted to the reading of as many books as possible, but also plagued by teachers who wanted her to spend time on less useful things (such as long division).
Marie-Louise studied Scandinavian and German at the UEA and has lived and worked in Denmark and Germany as well as England. She stopped full-time work to home-educate her two sons and to rediscover children's books, before doing an MA in Writing for Young People at the Bath Spa University in 2005.
Her first two books, Between Two Seas and The Lady in the Tower were shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize. Between Two Seas was also shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award and the Glen Dimplex New Writers' Award.

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'A perfectly sweet, dreamy romantic fantasy' (Amanda Craig, The Times)

'Any girl in her early teens is going to love this novel' (The BookBag)

'A riveting and fascinating read' (Carousel)

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An engrossing and exciting novel set in Tudor times, with a feisty and unforgettable heroine.

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Eleanor had a happy childhood in 16th century England, during the reign of King Henry VIII. Her loving and indulgent parents allowed her to ride horses, learn to joust with her cousin and younger brother, and did not scold her too much for her failure to learn ladylike tasks such as sewing. That all changed when Eleanor is eleven. Her father, suddenly a different man than the one she had known all her life, falsely accused her mother of terrible crimes and had her locked in a tower in their home.

The story picks up four years later. In the aftermath of these events, Eleanor has become estranged from her father, and from her younger brother who is close to her father and cannot remember the time before her mother was imprisoned. She secretly conspires with the servants and villagers to deliver food and messages to her mother, and to save her from her father's plots to have her killed. Her father had her betrothed to a much older man but he died before the wedding day, to Eleanor's relief. However, now that she is fifteen, he has chosen another man to be her husband. His choice, Lord Stanton, is young and handsome, but she believes he is on her father's side, and she knows if she marries and leaves her home, her mother will have no one left to protect her from her father.

The Lady in the Tower is a wonderful young adult historical novel set in the Tudor era, one of my favorite time periods. Eleanor is a lively and likeable character, and the book has a perfect blend of history, intrigue, and romance. I highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy young adult historical fiction and I look forward to reading more from Marie-Louise Jensen, who is a promising new writer in this genre.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Incredible Read :) 5 July 2012
I'm writing this quite a few years after I read it, partially because I realised it was one of the few of the authors books I hadn't reviewed on here and because I remember loving this very much. I still remember the story quite clearly and the way it made me feel.
Tudor England was not a very friendly place for a woman and I really felt for Eleanor's plight. It's bad enough to have your mother accused of a crime she didn't commit, but it's even worse when you witness them punished for years on end; locked away from everyone and everything.

There are lots of things I loved about this book; the first being the attention to detail. Tudor England is described in such a way you can imagine it vividly (and have the sense to know you'd hate to live there) and picture the events in the story unfolding, which I really love to experience in a book.
The second thing I really love is the way the story unfolds. It isn't rushed and everything comes together cleverly for the ending and yet it still surprised me, and though i did find the ending sad in some respects, I found it to be very romantically uplifting.

I also have fond memories of this being one of the first Historical Fiction novels I ever read (it wasn't a genre I'd heard of much until then) and since then I've been hooked on them, so I have a lot to thank this book for.
If you love historical fiction, a healthy dash of romance and love a story that will suck you straight in, then this book is most definitely worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Lady in the Tower 9 Feb 2010
I actually thought this book was based on Anne Boleyn, I never read the description beforehand and if I had I would have known but, that matters not this was really good and a surprisingly good read.

Four years after Eleanor's mother was locked in the tower, Eleanor is betrothed to a man she does not want, or does she? Whilst Eleanors mother is locked away she is still trying to be harmed as poisoned food is brought to her but, Eleanor smuggles poison-free food in to her and also goes to great lengths to try and get her away from the tower.

A little different to your bog standard Tudor novels and apparently this book is based on a true story but, loosely. Eleanor is a great character the only drawback is I think you can pretty much predict the ending but, thats no bad thing, this is a Young Adult book too so a fairly easy read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, Family, Hate 28 July 2013
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From the moment that I read the blurb, I knew this book was going to be a winner. Although it is set a long time ago, in the Tudor times, it is written in a modern style. The ideas within the book relate very much to modern times, what with a teenage girl who has fallen out with her father and has decisions to make, and romantic troubles. It is based on a real story and I found I related to the main character in the book. I very highly recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put it down! 15 July 2013
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This is the second book by Marie-Louise Jensen I have read, and it is just as brilliant as the first (The girl in the mask). It is an exciting, stunning historical novel that I could not stop reading!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 12 July 2013
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I could not put this book down as I glided through Eleanor's story. I was totally addicted to the story of Eleanor's mother getting locked up and Eleanor desperately trying to free her
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book 12 Jun 2013
By Ash
This is an absolutely stunning book having read all the rest of Marie Louise Jensens books I would say that this is defiantly one of the best, I would recommend this book to anyone that likes Mary Hooper books and generally historical romance!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
not memorable but a good read
Published 2 days ago by Grandma
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This author is amazing, I love all of her books, especially this one and I truly recommend it to anyone who loves history :)
Published 22 days ago by Hilary Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars A piece of history
Enjoyable light read which gives insight to the period. The lead character's actions are a bit far fetched but makes for exciting reading. Suitable for young teens.
Published 3 months ago by Janet browning
4.0 out of 5 stars Historically interesting
A good unusual story with believable characters. I enjoyed this book immensely, it was a good easy read on Kindle.
Published 3 months ago by lynden
2.0 out of 5 stars Possibly good for teenager girls, but...
I purchased this book after reading many positive reviews. However, I was much disappointed. Shallow plot, cartoon characters. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Olga A. Baird
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
good story but a bit monotonous had to realy consentrate to keep up with what had gone before after I had put it down.
Published 11 months ago by auntie av
5.0 out of 5 stars e book
abit mills and boonish but I still enjoyed it. the author kept me going back for more. would recommend it
Published 11 months ago by snowey1
5.0 out of 5 stars great story-line
an absolutely amazing story-line.
it was a great story
it takes turns that you never thought would happen and just takes you by surprise!!! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Lillian
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
Quite a good read although rather predictable. Easy holiday reading. You don't need to concentrate too much. This covers it I think
Published 11 months ago by Nosilla
2.0 out of 5 stars the story line
i was disappointed with the the story, it was fairly obvious what was going to happen from early one, but one lives and learns, but certainly not for me
Published 11 months ago by Jr Hughes
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