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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Could do a lot better, 3 Mar. 2008
This review is from: The Sixth Wife (Paperback)
This was a romantic idea which the author freely admits has no basis in fact.
The last book I read was Alison Weirs 'Innocent Traitor' and in addition I have read all the historical novels by Philippa Gregory - I'm afraid this author isn't anywhere near approaching their quality or style. I found the main character poorly painted and unsympathetic, the dialogue was simply dreadful.
I'm not sure that even the author thinks this is her metier but it is the last historical book of hers I'll buy
Don't give up the day job !
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Initial post: 14 Nov 2009 12:39:24 GMT
Sd May says:
This is her day job! Susannah Dunn is a great writer who sells loads...

Posted on 11 Jun 2011 15:24:25 BDT
Last edited by the author on 11 Jun 2011 15:27:29 BDT
Jo Jo says:
I have to agree with Mr Smith. I too had just finished reading Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir. I read (with difficulty I might add) The Confessions of Katherine Howard, so was rather loathe to read this book, but as I'd read a few reviews saying that this was a better read, I thought I'd give it go. I wish I hadn't. I was prepared for the modernisation of language (even though I really don't like it) and should have been prepared for the extremely irritating over-use of punctuation. The author clearly thinks this gives a "chatty" perspective to the book. It doesn't. By page 33 she still hadn't given an inkling as to who is narrating, and has completely omitted the fact that Katherine Parr and Thomas Seymour were romantically linked before Henry V111 appeared on the scene. The whole book has an amateurish feel to it. Jean Plaidy's version (with the same title) is far superior. If you like your historical novels with realism and full research, stick to Philippa Gregory, Alison Weir and Bernard Cornwall. If you like their style of writing, you might also like In the Shadow of Lady Jane by Edward Charles. As Mr Smith said, don't give up the day job.
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