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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Slow, 21 Jun. 2009
This review is from: The Queen's Sorrow (Paperback)
I have read Alsion Weir, Jane Dunn, Anne Somerset and of course Phillipa Gregory so decided to try Suzannah Dunn's The Queens Sorrow. I felt misled somewhat by the title, thinking that I would have a really good insight into the true sorrows of Mary I however, this simply was not the case. The book follows the story of one main character, Rafael, who himself is actually not that interesting and I felt lacked personality. I dug deep to try and feel something for his love for Cecily but, she was cold, dismissive and did not really bring any real passion to the book. I did however feel compelled to keep reading in the hope that there was going to be a really stunning ending, but, as I have read in so many other reviews, I had to read the last two pages again in order to try and find some clarity as to how the story actually does end, I am none the wiser. If you are still curious I advise borrowing from the library before purchasing.
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Initial post: 17 Sep 2010 23:04:19 BDT
The ending is totally heartbreaking. If you did not get it, you simply have not paid attention to this extraordinary story. You may think this is a book about Rafael - and so it is, but more than anything it's a book about Mary Tudor. The title is more than appropriate, and after having read "The Queen's Sorrow" I felt wiser as to her life and her epitaph.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jul 2012 19:14:28 BDT
Last edited by the author on 26 Jul 2012 22:53:24 BDT
A customer says:
I am a catholic and a Marian and as such I am naturally sympathetic and supportive towards Queen Mary. I have read many books about her - both biographies and novels - and even as a novel this is one of the worst. I don't agree with your comment that this book is all about her - she might appear in the book on a few occasions but that's it. One has only to look at the customer reviews on this book to see what most people think. The title of the book and the blurb that goes with it is misleading. Anyhow, it is only a novel - i.e. pure fiction - and it should be taken and read as such.
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