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  • Posted February 9, 2013

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    **Warning: Mild spoilers ahead!** I hoped this book would be th

    **Warning: Mild spoilers ahead!**

    I hoped this book would be the one book to end my streak of below standard fare I've been reading. I wanted it to be, so desperately. The cover is amazing, I am so in love with that dress that I wanted to read the book simply for that. The synopsis also grabbed my attention. Everyone has read books about the infamous Tudors. Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Princess Catherine, all of these are names that most people would recognize. Margaret is the oft overlooked Tudor that I can’t recall having too many books written about her. In retrospect, there seems to be a very good reason for that.

    Initially, I thought that I would quite like Margaret. She was spunky and fiery, with a bit of an attitude on her too. Her journey to the altar (by proxy) at the age of 13 to the King of Scotland, who was 20 years her senior, was a sweet introduction to the story and her character. I liked that she understood her role in a royal family of being a queen and producing a royal family, while trying to bring two kingdoms together. She was being proactive and determined to do her part for both England and Scotland. I also enjoyed seeing her struggles to acclimate to a new country and discovering exactly what being a queen entailed. Unfortunately, Margaret went from spunky and intelligent to selfish and narcissistic in a hurry. I found myself furious with her so many times that I stopped counting. EVERYTHING was about her! And when things stopped revolving around her for half a second she threw a fit and did something stupid, like firing a cannon at her husband. She humiliated herself often but then got angry at every perceived slight that “shamed” her, no honey you are doing a wonderful job of that yourself.

    Jamie was the complete opposite in terms of character, I really liked him a lot. He was kind, considerate, intelligent, and looked to the future in a way befitting of a king. It didn’t take me long to figure out that Jamie genuinely and honestly loved Margaret even if he was far from the perfect husband. He did everything he could to make her happy but it didn’t end up working because she still nagged at him about everything. I felt sorry for him by the end simply for having to deal with her.

    It was over 300 pages of a narcissistic rant that was all about Margaret. There was almost no mention of the intrigue of the time, nations in turmoil, her brother’s court in shambles, Scotland under siege from within, nothing of any import for the time at all. I also pray that the formatting was fixed for the final copy because the ARC was practically unreadable. In one sentence, a son was alive and well and being christened. Literally in the next sentence, with no segue, the same son is dead and they are at his funeral. I have zero idea how much time passed in between the two events. Topics were mentioned and changed at will and with no explanation, segue, or even a paragraph break to tell me what was going on. I hope this was only a problem with the ARC because if the final copy is like that, God help anyone who reads it.

    I cannot recommend this book. It nearly killed me just to finish it and I considered putting it down and giving up more than a dozen times. Unless you are a massive fan of the author then I fear your reading experience will echo mine.

    Thank you Kensington for providing me an ARC of this book via NetGalley. It was provided in exchange for an honest review.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 3, 2013

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    THE FORGOTTEN QUEEN by D.L. Bogdan is a poignant Tudor era Histo

    THE FORGOTTEN QUEEN by D.L. Bogdan is a poignant Tudor era Historical Fiction. Who was the forgotten queen, you ask?? Why Margaret Tudor,daughter of Henry VII. Margaret is sent to Edinburgh to become Queen of Scotland, is was married to James IV by proxy, when she was barely out of the schoolroom. Ms. Bogdan has written a story with vivid descriptions of the Tudor times, the betrayal,the fate of two kingdoms, and the extraordinary woman who help to shape a country. The quest for power is often done behind the throne. Margaret has seen ambition turn to betrayal, secret alliances made,but through it all, her ambition is to preserve Scotland for her own son at all and any cost. A powerful tale of intrigue, betrayal and love. Received for an honest review from the publisher.

    RATING: 4

    HEAT RATING: MILD

    REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2013

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    The novel, The Forgotten Queen, accurately portrays the fascinat

    The novel, The Forgotten Queen, accurately portrays the fascinating life of Margaret Tudor. The book covers almost her entire life in great detail, portraying her as likeable, but dreamy, courageous, yet prone to youthful naivety and gullibility.




    The plot is intricate and easily followed. Margaret’s love for her was strong, and although she made a definite judgement in error when picking her second husband, it only makes her plight understandable – for who among us hasn’t made similar mistakes in our youth?




    For those who love the Tudor era, and even for those who are tired of novels about Henry VIII’s wives, this novel gives us a glimpse into the political climate between Scotland and England, and details of the adversities faced by a lesser known queen.

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  • Posted February 23, 2013

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    Normally I would consider myself pretty well schooled in Henry


    Normally I would consider myself pretty well schooled in Henry VII, but until recently I didn't know he had sisters. But, women are often forgotten in history and its no surprise I didn't realize they existed. Since that time, I've read about his younger sister Mary. I was extremely pleased when I noticed this one to round out my knowledge on the Tudor family.

    Margaret didn't really impress me through much of this book. It's not really that I didn't like her. She just had so many qualities that grated on my nerves. From the start of the book it seems like shes complaining. Her younger brother Henry is sort of a bully. Everybody dotes are her younger sister Mary. The only person she feels remotely connected to is her older brother and possibly her mother. But they both die before and she feels shes been left utterly alone. It doesn't help that her father bartered her off in marriage to King James IV of Scotland. Daughters are always political pawns after all.

    Margaret's life in Scotland is not easy. They do not accept her at first. She's the English princess and not to be trusted. Her husband intrigued me greatly. It's common knowledge that kings took mistresses, but I'm pretty sure this was a whole new level. But then to punish himself afterwards as a repentance for his sins? I wonder how many times Margaret wondered what kind of man her father gave her to. Plus, he just seemed extremely foolish. There are those who are perfectl for ruling and those who wear the crown because it just happened to fall to them. I think James fell in later category.

    From the point of James' death, I think Margaret was so desperate for somebody to love her and only her. She latched on to the first person who would show her any type of affection. But, he only had his sights set on what Margaret could do for him. Because of her crazy obsession with love it caused her to see things unclearly. She ended up losing her children. She fled Scotland and tried to enlist her brother for help.

    Eventually Margaret realized that love was not going to save her. She needed to be a mother to both her son, The King, and to the rest of Scotland. It was land that had been ravaged by constant struggle for those in power. She grew on me at the point. She knew what her priorities should be.

    An interesting book that showed how me how Scotland fit into the picture with England. I felt it did an excellent job of setting up the ongoing tensions between Scotland and England at the time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2013

    Represents a part of History

    This book covered The life of the Tudor Queen Margaret who became queen of Scotland. Her marriage to King James was a very loving relationship Not so much of the others. The book was enjoyable until the latter part where Margaret became spoiled, demanding, narcissistic,and selfish. You just want to shake her back to reality. She didn't do much for Scotland because she was to wrapped up in herself.

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  • Posted April 7, 2013

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    D.L. Bogdan takes on the task of the life of Margaret Tudor, Hen

    D.L. Bogdan takes on the task of the life of Margaret Tudor, Henry VIII’s sister, who was married off to James IV of Scotland. It was interesting to see Henry VIII through the eyes of his sister who was obviously devoted to their older brother Arthur. Margaret is sent away to marry James IV of Scotland with the heavy duty of representing England in the land of heathens. Though her marriage was definitely not all roses, her and her flawed James come to love and respect each other. Margaret starts out very naïve but then her father was Henry VII and he drilled it into her that she will be the one to bring peace to Scotland. When this ends tragically, Margaret is left to flounder at the mercy of Scotland who have no love for an English woman sitting on their throne. This begins the first of many failed relationships that constantly put her and her only living son in peril.

    Margaret had the Tudor stubbornness that makes her triumph in the face of defeat. Her Achilles heel was her innate ability to fall deeply in love quickly causing her to make many mistakes in relationships. For everything that she went through, Margaret kept her head up and earned her title as Queen of Scotland in every way.

    Bogdan covers Margaret’s entire life from childhood to her son’s marriage. That is a lot of information but Bogdan condenses it down to make for an easy read for any novice. Sometimes it seemed a bit too easy and I would have liked more. The Forgotten Queen is aptly titled but after reading this, Margaret will now have a voice with legions of Tudor fans and she will no longer be forgotten.

    (ARC was provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    I enjoyed this book thourghly. My only disappointment is that i

    I enjoyed this book thourghly. My only disappointment is that it is the first book I read by D.L.Bogdan and the writing was not as intricate and detailed as some of the other authors I read. That said I enjoyed the story of Margaret Tudor immensely. I have read books about Henry the VIII and his six wives, and I enjoyed learning about a different side to the Tudor era. Not only did I learn about Margaret and her life and Scotland, but I saw a different side to Henry and Catherine if Aragon, who wasn't kind to Margaret until she had problems with Henry and by that time it didn't matter.

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    Posted May 24, 2013

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