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The Tudor Princess Paperback – 10 Apr 2014
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Praise for ‘The Tudor Princess’:
‘Tenderly crafted and absorbing.’ My Weekly
‘Exquisitely poignant and detailed.’ Take A Break
Praise for ‘Secrets of the Tudor Court’:
‘Throbs with intensity as it lays bare the secret delights of Tudor court life. A tale of innocence and ruthless ambition locked in a love-hate embrace.’
Barbara Kyle, author of ‘The King’s Daughter’
‘A beautifully written story with wonderful attention to detail. I loved the book.’
Diane Haeger, author of ‘The Queen’s Mistake’
About the Author
Darcey Bonnette is a history major and also a multi-talented musician with classical voice training. Her first two novels,
‘Secrets of the Tudor Court’ and ‘Rivals in the Tudor Court’ are out now.
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Top Customer Reviews
Unfortunately, The Tudor Princess wasn't my cup of tea. I picked up this book because I was intrigued by the premise. Whilst historical fiction on the Tudors seems to be everywhere these days, novels about Margaret Tudor, elder sister of King Henry VIII and Queen of Scotland, are few and far between. So I was quite interested in the idea of reading a novel about Margaret's life and her struggles.
The choice of pacing and the book's style of telling instead of showing were what stopped me from really enjoying it. Margaret expresses sadness on one page and excitement the next, a happy event occurs and a page later we've skipped a year and tragedy occurs (I'm avoiding giving examples as I don't want to give spoilers). I felt like the events of Margaret's life were being skimmed over, not explored in enough depth. As a reader I simply wasn't given the opportunity to care for any of these characters. That just doesn't move me, that doesn't tug at my heartstrings or make me feel in any way invested in what happens to these characters at all.When exciting or moving events occur off-screen, so to speak, and are related back to us the readers in a one line summary, you're basically cutting out the heart of the story. This is the meat of the plot! A writer wants to get their readers engaged in the events and characters of the story, and readers want to read a story they care about. When the events occur "off-screen" they lose a great deal of immediacy and feeling, and even worse when events are summarised and characters go from one emotion to the next and months and years pass in one page.Read more ›
Yet EXACTLY the same book as one I'd purchased previously - The Forbidden Queen by D. L. Bogdan.
Why do this?
I've sent this one back for a refund and I won't be bothering with titles from *either* of these split personalities again.
She was a wonderfully complex character to read about, on the one hand she was an intelligent, brave stateswoman, a true Queen, yet on the other hand she had a strong desire just to be married and loved as a normal woman. She let her heart rule her head so much in this regard that it led to some disastrous romantic choices following the death of King James IV. She could be incredibly selfish at times, totally oblivious to the needs of other and so single minded was she in her support of her son, that she literally totally forgot about her own daughter for much of the time. I chuckled at her never ending love for fashion and marvelled at how easy she could be won over just by the promise of a few new gowns.
This was a really good read, that I got totally lost in and had a hard time putting down. Highly recommended.
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Really enjoyed this have ordered others be the same authorPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
It took me a little while to get into reading this but the further I got inti turning the pages the more I began to enjoy the story and ended up sitting and finishing it till the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Beryl
Brilliant. Reading it for the third time, always miss something.Published 3 months ago by Julie McKay
Well written, fascinating glimpse into the life of Margaret Tudor and the relationship between England and Scotland. Look forward to reading more of Darcy Bonnette's books.Published 3 months ago by M. Gwynne