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Lachrymose and lacking.,
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This review is from: Secrets of the Tudor Court (Paperback)
I will give this book three and a half stars. It isn't an excellent read by any means, nor it is totally bad.
The character of Mary Howard doesn't draw the reader in. She is a bit of a wimp most of the time, but kudos to the author for attempting to convey this neglected figure in history, it is a shame that the character just didn't engage any interest for me.
When she not crying, she whines. Only occasionally showing any backbone.She is like the proverbial beaten dog that goes back to it's tormentor with it's tail wagging.
There has been some comment on 'modernisms' used in the dialogue.This didn't really detract from the book for me.The author is American and there are some mistakes in the history (Elizabeth 1 was born at Greenwich, not Windsor)that grated a bit.
Here's an idea....to get maximum enjoyment from this book,have a swig of your favourite tipple (or a piece of chocolate) every time Mary cries in this book and that will get you through to the end.You'll either be sozzled or chocced out- but hey!!