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The Secret Bride: In The Court of Henry VIII

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Couldn't stop reading

Great book, I've read all of Diane Haeger's books, and this by far is one of her best . The more you read the better the story got. Couldn't put the book down, I will look forward to her next novel.

posted by Anonymous on September 12, 2008

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

I Don't Even Know Where to Begin

As a Tudor history enthusiast with a particular interest in the story of Henry's sister, Mary, I found this book a wonderful disappointment. While Haeger manages to follow the characters through a rather accurate portrayal of history, the characters themselves fall fla...
As a Tudor history enthusiast with a particular interest in the story of Henry's sister, Mary, I found this book a wonderful disappointment. While Haeger manages to follow the characters through a rather accurate portrayal of history, the characters themselves fall flat. No woman would want to relate to Mary, who appears simpering and weak. At the same time, Charles Brandon has no swagger or charisma of a romantic hero.

posted by AnabelLancaster on June 6, 2010

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  • Posted September 14, 2010

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    review taken from One Book At A Time http://onebooktime.blogspot.com

    In all my fascination with the Tudor courts, I must have forgotten that Henry VIII had a younger sister. Or maybe books that talk about Henry are so concentrated on his different wives they forget to mention her (maybe I should have something more on Catherine of Aragon). I was immediately drawn to a story about someone who could defy the King and get away with it.

    I actually really liked Princess Mary. You can tell that the characteristic of getting what they want runs in the family (something I think was passed down to Elizabeth I). But, I think she was smarter about it. Mary worked in the background. She knew she was beautiful and she knew the King loved her dearly. It makes her sound conniving, but she wasn't. She accepted her duty as a princess of England, but was willing to bargain for what she really wanted. She also showed she really cared about others. As powerful as the King was, she still saw him as her older brother and human I thought she was very sweet with King Louis of France. I also really enjoyed the different view on the relationship between King Henry VIII and his first wife.

    The story was actually just a little bland. I think I was expecting more fireworks and something a little bit more fast paced. It actually covers quite a large time period. I enjoyed it, but it was a slow read.

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    Posted October 31, 2008

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