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The Pleasure Palace: Secrets of the Tudor Court #1 Audio Download – Unabridged

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By Misfit TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 22 Mar. 2009
Format: Paperback
Emerson's first book in what I believe is going to be a series set during the Tudor period is based upon Jane Popyncourt, a member of the Tudor Court and of whom very little is known, giving the author more leeway to craft her tale. When the French King dies mysteriously Jane's mother flees to England with her daughter and seeks shelter with her twin brother at Henry VII's court. Jane is taken to Eltham to be raised with the royal children and after the mysterious death of her mother she is made a ward of Henry VII and raised in the royal household with Henry and his two sisters Margaret and Mary.

As an adult Jane serves the Princess Mary, although her life takes a bit of a turn when a highly born French prisoner of war takes an interest in her - an interest that Henry VIII encourages hoping for a state secret or two. As Jane begins to hope for happiness with the one man who loves her, her search for the answers to her mother's death and the reason for the mad flight from France spins Jane into a perilous situation with life-threatening consequences.

I greatly appreciated the time and effort the author put into her research - she especially did a great job with the details of life in the Tudor Court, the clothes, the food, the tournaments, Henry and his mistresses, etc. and the author was able to do that without making me feel like I was being clubbed over the head with the minute details. I liked the fact that the author gives you the family trees of the English and French Nobility of the period, along with a who's who in the back of the book. Jane was an enjoyable, albeit a bit too spunky and independent heroine, but in the end the big mystery fell just a tad bit flat for me. Why anyone would consider the big mystery such a threat that they would want bump people off just stretched the believability factor. A very easy breezy read - light and entertaining but one that's not likely to stick with you long after its finished. 3.5/5 stars, rounded up to four.
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Not a good read sorry to say I was looking forward to an interesting read about the tudor court etc, which it was about the tudor court but all made up from the authors own mind. A made up story of a real person who she did not know anything about all fictious which you do not realize untill you have finished the book and she tells you at the end in the Authors Notes.

Not written very well and mixed in modern day words etc which sounded really ridiculous for a tudor woman to have said and done which did not work at all and sounded really stupid.

If you want a really excellent read you should try KATHERINE by ANYA SETON.
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Read this novel some months ago. Was disappointed as I found its topic was too popularly treated for my taste.
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OH NO!NO!NO!.WHAT A BORING,BORING,MONOTONOUS AND A REALLY SLOW READ.GIVE UP ANY THOUGHTS OF INSOMNIA-PICK THIS BOOK UP.WE KNOW THERE WERE MANY 'CARRINGS-ON'AT EVERY COURT-BUT I SIMPLY DONT REALLY SEE THE POINT OF THIS REPETATIVE BOOK,I SIMPLY DONT.
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Couldn't put it down!
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