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No Will But His: A Novel of Kathryn Howard

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  • Posted July 4, 2010

    Horrible book.

    I found this book on the New In Paperback table at my local store. Being a huge fan of the entire period, I bought it to read. I highly regret ever buying this book. The story is bland and doesn't entirely tread over much new ground, beyond trying to show Katherine as a victim of everyone. The worst part of the book, though, is the writing itself. The book was rife with spelling and grammar errors, some of which rendered sentences completely unreadable, and without any sense. The author misspells the name of her main character THREE separate ways in the book, multiple times for each way. She does the same with the last name of Lady Rochford, with three incorrect spellings, used multiple times.

    I highly recommend that anyone looking to read on Katherine Howard find a different book to explore.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2012

    Liked it.

    Enjoyed reading it.

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  • Posted January 16, 2011

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    Pretty good overall

    The end seemed a bit rushed but I enjoyed getting an idea of where Kathryn Howatd came from.

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  • Posted April 13, 2010

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    Historical fiction fans will relish a different take on the rise and fall of Queen Katherine Howard

    Hoping to have learned from her late second cousin Anne Boleyn, ambitious poor orphan Katherine Howard believes she can survive being the bride of King Henry VIII in spite of her bloodlines; even if she wanted to say no, which she does not, Katherine knows no one lives to refuse the King anyway. Thus she shrewdly plans to foster the innocence of youth behind a docile nature that focuses on keeping her ultra proud spouse happy as her philosophy in No Will But His. When the aging Henry is unable to perform in bed, she takes his cousin on as a lover praying for a successor as the monarch's health deteriorates. However, like those before her, she is betrayed and exposed, and in her case imprisoned with her queenly role stripped away just a little over one year on the throne by Parliament before being executed for adultery.

    The engaging fourth Wives of King Henry VIII biographical fiction novel is an intriguing look at Katherine Howard based on a different premise than the usual perception. Instead of the typical writing of Howard as a moron based on her writings, Sarah A. Hoyt believes the woman was clever, perhaps too cunning. Thus historical fiction fans will relish a different take on the rise and fall of Queen Katherine Howard.

    Harriet Klausner

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