Thursday, May 24, 2012

Hugh and Bess by Susan Higginbotham

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Title - Hugh and Bess
Author - Susan Higginbotham (http://www.susanhigginbotham.com/)


Description from author's website -

As the eldest daughter of the new Earl of Salisbury, young Bess de Montacute is anticipating a suitable match. When King Edward III and her father choose Hugh le Despenser, the son and grandson of disgraced traitors, as her husband, she is aghast. Meanwhile, Hugh must give up the woman he loves to marry the reluctant Bess.

Far apart in age and haunted by the past, Hugh and Bess must somehow make their marriage work. But just as they grow close,
they are threatened by a merciless enemy that endangers all whom they hold dear.

Set against the chivalry and pageantry of the fourteenth-century court of Edward III, Hugh and Bess is a story of love and loss, of letting go of the past—and of embracing the future.

E-book currently available for $2.51 at Amazon here.


Update: Finished reading on 6/2/2012





Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown by Claire Ridgway

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Title - The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown
Author - Claire Ridgway (http://www.claireridgway.com/)

Amazon description -
During the spring of 1536 in Tudor England, events conspire to bring down Anne Boleyn, the Queen of England. The coup against the Queen results in the brutal executions of six innocent people - Anne Boleyn herself, her brother, and four courtiers - and the rise of a new Queen.

Drawing on sixteenth century letters, eye witness accounts and chronicles, Claire Ridgway leads the reader through the sequence of chilling events one day at a time, telling the true story of Anne Boleyn's fall. The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown is presented in a diary format, allowing readers to dip in, look up a particular date, or read from start to finish. Special features include mini biographies of those involved, a timeline of events and full referencing.
  • Why was Anne Boleyn executed?
  • Who was responsible for Anne Boleyn's fall?
  • Was Anne Boleyn's execution a foregone conclusion and was she framed?
E-book currently available for $2.99 at Amazon here.


Update: Finished reading on 5/23/2012


Sunday, May 13, 2012

Queen of Last Hopes by Susan Higginbotham

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Title - Queen of Last Hopes: The Story of Margaret of Anjou
Author - Susan Higginbotham (http://www.susanhigginbotham.com/)

Description from author's website -

When fifteen-year-old Margaret of Anjou journeys from France to marry England’s Henry VI, she hopes that her wedding will mean a lasting peace between England and France. Instead, England’s losses of French territory infuriate the people, resulting in the horrific murder
of Margaret’s first friend in England, William de la Pole.

Pregnant at last after eight years of marriage, Margaret places her hopes in her coming child. Then the worst happens: the gentle, ineffectual Henry suddenly goes mad and cannot even recognize his longed-for son. As feuding nobles rush to exploit the situation, Margaret determines to protect the rights of her husband and her child.

Undaunted by exile, poverty, danger, and the slanders of her enemies, Margaret remains loyal to her cause even as those around her falter in their allegiances. For the man and the boy she loves best, she will risk everything—her reputation, her safety, and the future of England itself.

E-book currently available for $9.22 at Amazon here.


Update - Finished reading on 5/19/2012





Saturday, May 5, 2012

The Traitor's Wife by Susan Higginbotham

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Title - The Traitor's Wife
Author - Susan Higginbotham (http://www.susanhigginbotham.com/)

Book description from author's website -

In fourteenth-century England, young Eleanor de Clare, favorite
niece of King Edward II, is delighted with her marriage to Hugh
le Despenser and her appointment to Queen Isabella’s household
as a lady-in-waiting.

It soon becomes apparent, however, that Eleanor’s beloved uncle
is not the king the nobles of the land—or his queen—expected.

Hugh’s unbridled ambition and his intimate relationship with
Edward arouse widespread resentment, even as Eleanor remains fiercely loyal to her husband and to her king.
But loyalty has its price…

Moving from royal palaces to prison cells, from the battlefield to
the bedchamber, between hope and despair, treachery and fidelity, hatred and abiding love, The Traitor’s Wife is a tale of an
extraordinary woman living in extraordinary times.

E-book currently available for $10.19 at Amazon here


Update: Finished reading on 5/12/2012





Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Stolen Crown by Susan Higginbotham

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Title - The Stolen Crown: The Secret Marriage That Forever Changed the Fate of England
Author - Susan Higginbotham (http://www.susanhigginbotham.com/)

Book description from author's website -

When six-year-old Kate Woodville’s beautiful sister Elizabeth makes
a shocking—and secret—marriage to King Edward IV in 1464, Kate
and her large family are whisked to the king’s court. Soon a bedazzled Kate becomes one of the greatest ladies in the land when she marries young Harry Stafford, Duke of Buckingham. But Kate’s fairy-tale existence as a duchess is shattered when the ongoing conflict between the houses of Lancaster and York engulfs the Woodville family.
  As Edward IV fights to keep his crown, Harry’s relatives become hopelessly divided between Lancaster and York. Forced constantly
to struggle with his own allegiances, Harry faces his defining moment when his dear friend Richard, Duke of Gloucester, determines to seize the throne for himself as Richard III. With lives in jeopardy and
nothing less than a dynasty at stake, Harry’s loyalties—and his conscience—will be put to the ultimate test.



E-book is currently available for $7.99 at Amazon here.

Update: Finished reading on 5/5/2012
I truly loved this book. I will admit it was a bit character heavy and I got confused a few times but it didn't, for me, deter from a great read. I have already purchased 2 more books by Susan Higginbotham due to this book :) Even the author's note at the end fascinated me. I definitely recommend this if you love history and royalty.