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A Constant Heart

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Nice Historical Fiction

Mitchell's book was a different sort of read for me. I like historical fiction, but usually they have more of a romantic theme in them. Mitchell's book to me was just historical fiction with a bit of romance. A Constant Heart was about the courtier's during the ...
Mitchell's book was a different sort of read for me. I like historical fiction, but usually they have more of a romantic theme in them. Mitchell's book to me was just historical fiction with a bit of romance. A Constant Heart was about the courtier's during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Marget is a beautiful woman in a world where beauty is not allowed. She marries a courtier, Lytham, who thinks that beauty is a curse not a blessing and despises his wife for her looks. Marget encouraged by her faithful friend Joan, tries hard to fit in and make her husband love her. When she sees that the queen dislikes her she does what she can to change her appearance and gains some affections from her husband. Love is not allowed in the Queen's Court, as the courtiers are only suppose to be in love with the Queen. How can Marget keep a constant heart, her virtue, her love for her husband in a world where friendship, trust, virtue is bought and sold every day you are at court. Mitchell does a good job of weaving a great story into a historical setting. I will admit that I wasn't sure about this book at first, but I like a challenge when it comes to reading. I love giving all books a try. I love this era in history and I found it very interesting to learn about, I believe this would have been a hard era to live in and Siri Mitchell really made great characters that you felt for as time when by. By the time I was almost done I was really curious about how it was going to end and that is what kept me going.

posted by Anonymous on October 7, 2008

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5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

not all that good

** spoiler alert ** The beginning of this story was intriguing. It had the Other Boleyn Girl mixed with Pride and Prejudice versus Anna Karenina thing going on, then all of the sudden just started really being depressing. Her losing so many babies, the flood, the queen,...
** spoiler alert ** The beginning of this story was intriguing. It had the Other Boleyn Girl mixed with Pride and Prejudice versus Anna Karenina thing going on, then all of the sudden just started really being depressing. Her losing so many babies, the flood, the queen, the effects of the "painting" with mercury & lead, and of course the diseases and epidemic breakouts. I questioned why Marget was doing all of this for Lytham and not even asking him about if what she was doing would help or hinder his ...moreThe beginning of this story was intriguing. It had the Other Boleyn Girl mixed with Pride and Prejudice versus Anna Karenina thing going on, then all of the sudden just started really being depressing. Her losing so many babies, the flood, the queen, the effects of the "painting" with mercury & lead, and of course the diseases and epidemic breakouts. I questioned why Marget was doing all of this for Lytham and not even asking him about if what she was doing would help or hinder his career as a courtier. One would have thought that might have been the first thing to do. I like Mitchells writing style, it was the content that I had issues with. She seems to be consistent and knowledgeable about this time period, and that I appreciate to the point that you really felt like you were there. She did her homework. But I have never heard of people only allowed to be in love with the queen and cannot have an actual relationship other than child producing for a marriage. What a sad world to be a part of. None of them had jobs, they sat around knitting, gossiping, eating, drinking, dancing and the like. God was not a part of these peoples worlds, He was mentioned in a passing sort of way. Not having a personal relationship with Him. He was treated as a genie or Santa Clause type. The details about Lytham's child with Elnior was also not finished. Was this the heir that was to be? Or were Marget and Lytham going to have their own child? As I didn't feel that we ever really knew if this was a child produced by the affairs that de Winter "made" Elinor have. Like I said, the beginning was so good, I just really wanted this to get better and it just keeps getting worse! I don't think I would recommend this to anyone, unless you need some more misery in your life. I read to get away from my life, not read about it! The only thing I would like to do is have someone just read it, me not tainting their view and corrupting their feelings. Really glad I got from the library and not wasted my money on purchasing. As I don't think I would ever read it again, it was just that miserable!

posted by PenNameIN on February 10, 2011

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  • Posted May 22, 2011

    Not what I was expecting

    This is a very strange outlook from the Queen Elisabeth days. The story details how everyone suffered at the hands of the Queen and life at court. A man dares to love his wife more than he loves the Queen which puts their lives in danger. If that weren't enough, the plague adds to the depression and overall grime outlook in this strange novel. I am not sure if I liked it or not but it was definitely interesting.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2008

    Both Disappointing and Recommended

    I give this book three out of five stars, but in a split manner. If I were to rate the book solely upon my enjoyment and escape into it's historical aspects, it would be two stars yet if I were to rate this book on the detail and descriptions of this historical journey at hand it would four stars. Thus, I settle at three. Starting out reading this book, I was quite distraught and not at all drawn in. The cover is gorgeous and the summary sounds interesting, but in the reading I was just not there. I searched the internet for some reviews to find what others might have thought and was shocked to find all but poor reviews, minus one that only praised the author and said nothing about the book. It is my understanding that this is the first historical from this author and although I hear her chick-lit is to die for her historical is lacking. That is not all together necessarily a full fact. The entire novel is full to the brim of historical details and facts that are painted in an array of images that could show any reader what the years of the mid-sixteenth century would appear to be. The descriptions of the clothes, the places, the people all are fascinating and plenty enough true to fact. I would highly suggest this book as a supplemental reading to be added to someone studying the Elizabethan age and wanting to find a further glance in the era. Where I do not find my joy is in the personalities and partially the writing. The story is two from two different characters' POV and switches back and forth quite drastically without any warning and sometimes it is difficult to interpret who speaks. Other than that it is the personalities of the characters that are quite drab. I kept thinking to myself of the grey skies of London, and that is quite how I felt about this story. The idea is good and could be a fabulous book if made longer with more depth to the persons involved. But reading this story was quite painful. There was no joy only sadness and I felt it with every turn of the page. I could not interpret or assume how things would turn out and in that way they were quite a mystery. Yet in the context of day by day happens I felt quite like screaming at the insolence and blindness by how these characters lived. Some have said that this was a very thinly veiled attempt at criticizing and lecturing people of today's society with beauty attempts, and although I can see that opinion in a manner, I would not call this a poor attempt. The story can relate and does bring to light some great value on the harsh truths that are known of women living in such a stage devoted to such a cause that is beyond their owns well-being. Yet it does it in an elegant and educational manner. With all that said. I would not suggest this book as a light heart-ed Christian Historical Fiction to escape into the lives of those in a courtier of Elizabeth I. It is just not quite in that category. By most standards it is not a Christian Fiction as God is not mentioned in much reverence or detail nor is his role at all hinted to more than any secular novel. However, as a book for historical and educational value, I could easily suggest and see this being read and used for vast discussions and open minds and curiosity to know more about British history. So as confusing as this must sound, it solely depends upon why you wish to read this story as to whether or not you would enjoy it. That is up to you.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2014

    It was okay.

    It was okay. It was like the same things happened over and over in it....little disappointed, but still pretty good! Would NOT recommend for younger people! But overall pretty good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    Mixed Review

    I liked this book a lot, however I didn't find much Christian about it. The history of the time period was very enlightening to me so i enjoyed that aspect. But I was very disappointed that there wasn't a more Biblical stance.

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