Philippa (Friarsgate Inheritance Series #3)

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New York Times bestselling author Bertrice Small takes us back to the sensuality, drama, and intrigue of King Henry's sixteenth-century court to tell the story of the daughter of one of her most beloved characters.

The eldest child of Rosamund Bolton and heiress to the Friarsgate manor, Philippa Meredith is devastated when she discovers that the man she sought to marry has rebuffed her. But it is this sudden change of fortune that sweeps the spirited beauty back to her place in ...

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Overview

New York Times bestselling author Bertrice Small takes us back to the sensuality, drama, and intrigue of King Henry's sixteenth-century court to tell the story of the daughter of one of her most beloved characters.

The eldest child of Rosamund Bolton and heiress to the Friarsgate manor, Philippa Meredith is devastated when she discovers that the man she sought to marry has rebuffed her. But it is this sudden change of fortune that sweeps the spirited beauty back to her place in the court of Queen Katherine of Aragon-and into the arms of Crispin St. Clair, the Earl of Witton. But when Philippa stumbles onto a plot to assassinate King Henry VIII, their very love is tested as they attempt to unmask those who are plotting to tear the royal court asunder.

 

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The drama and intrigue of King Henry's court color this sensational historical tale that follows the daughter of Small's popular heroine Rosamund. Young Philippa Meredith, enamored with her life in service to Queen Katherine of Aragon, is heartbroken when her long-standing engagement is broken and she is forced to return to a dull life in the country. Her family arranges another marriage, this time to the urbane Crispin St. Clair, who has a keen interest in Philippa's assets but is surprised by his attraction to his spirited new fiancée. As St. Clair introduces Philippa to the delights of marriage, they travel together to France, where Philippa stumbles upon a plot to kill King Henry and danger ensues... Ginger Curwen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451212993
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/5/2004
  • Series: Friarsgate Inheritance Series , #3
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 441,302
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Bertrice Smallhas written thirty novels of historical romance and two erotic novellas. She is a New York Times bestselling author and the recipient of numerous awards. In keeping with her profession, Bertrice Small lives in the oldest English-speaking town in the state of New York, founded in 1640. Her light-filled studio includes the paintings of her favorite cover artist, Elaine Duillo, and a large library—but no computer as she works on an IBM Quietwriter 7. Her longtime assistant, Judy Walker, types the final draft. Because she believes in happy endings, Bertrice Small has been married to the same man, her hero, George, for thirty-eight years. They have a son, Thomas, a daughter-in-law, Megan, and two adorable grandchildren, Chandler David and Cora Alexandra. Longtime readers will be happy to know that Nicki the Cockatiel flourishes along with his fellow housemates, Pookie, the long-haired greige and white, Honeybun, the petite orange lady cat with the cream-colored paws, and Finnegan, the black long-haired baby of the family, who is almost two.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2007

    I didn't like it

    I enjoyed Rosamund and Until You but I didn't like this book at all. When I read this book I did something I've never done before - I skimmed through a Bertrice Small historical romance. I hated Philippa - she was so annoying. Crispen was a huge bore. All of the sections written about life at court put me to sleep. I liked Thomas in the first two books but for some reason he annoyed me in this book. I found it odd that Rosamund would let him control how her daughters would live their lives. Bertrice Small has many great books but this book is one of the worst books she's written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2006

    the best of this collection

    i loved this one, it showed philippa just as the court girl she was. anyone who loves the passion, scandal, and intruge that henry's court was would love this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2006

    Not one of her best...

    I'm a huge fan of BS, but this book of hers was quite disappointing. I actually stopped reading it about halfway through because it was boring and forgot about it for a month! I loved the other two Friarsgate novels because Rosamund was such a strong, well developed character. Phillipa is the complete opposite of her and I wasn't too interested in her life. She was spoiled, obnoxious, and too caught up in her life at court. Crispin was an OK character, certainly not one of BS's best male heroes. The plot was almost an afterthought in this novel, not occuring until after page 300!!! I also would have loved to see more of Rosamund and Logan in this book too!! They were great characters in the first two books. I was also disappointed that there was no love scene until well over halfway through and even then it wasn't that great! I'm hoping that Elizabeth's book is much better than this one and more like her mother's!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2005

    I love this book-the Boltons are truly amazing!

    I found this book to be very delightful! It revealed the true struggles of women to simply survive. It revealed how everyone, even headstrong people make the right choices in the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2005

    Disappointing

    This book was a disappointment compared to Small's other books. I have read all (I think) of her books and this one was sad. The heroine was whining and irritating! I would not recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2004

    Irritating start¿Sentimental/Warm finish

    As I find typical with most BS¿s books, she goes into excruciating detail about what everyone ate, although I don¿t mind the wardrobe being described in depth. I am fascinated with the fashion of that era. An on going difficulty I have with relating to the heroines of this time period is the marriage of such young ladies (teenagers / adolescents) to much older men ¿ almost twice their ages. As with Phillipa, I had to constantly remind myself that she was a pampered, obnoxious 16 year old girl trying to live up to the expectations and responsibilities of a levelheaded mature woman. Being that we¿re dealing with a snobbish, pouting 16 year old girl, I¿m contributing BS¿s constant repetition of what and how she insists her immediate future evolves into her picture perfect fairy tale; demanding that even the king and queen bend their moral standards and ethics to allow her back into their courts following her drunken, lewd behavior in the tower, to Phillipa¿s immaturity. As always, I find Uncle Thomas very intriguing, however, I feel as though Rosamund and Logan allowed him too much authority over the girls. This may be due to his feminine qualities, but I found it troubling that not even Rosamund wanted to address her eldest daughter¿s attitude problem and marriage dilemma, as well as Logan¿s lack of parental participation -- easily stepping aside allowing Uncle Thomas exclusive decision making authority in these areas. As the head of his household, especially a Scots man and father / step-father, I was disappointed in him with respect to the girls / step-daughters. He should have been more involved in their lives, not just with the boys / males ¿ the children of his lions. Once you get pass the heroine¿s irritating, constant whining you can move on to a romantic story involving her husband, Crispin St Clair. What a patient and tender man; particularly when snobbish Phillipa repeatedly told him he wasn¿t beautiful, but he¿d do. And to think that he was the Earl marrying socially beneath himself to her. However, I enjoyed the intimate scenes, especially the cream, strawberries and honey¿mmmm. The plot of the story was too short (20 pgs), leaving too much room for Phillipa¿s whining (300+ pgs). I do hope that Bessie¿s story is more mature and adventurous like her mother¿s.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2004

    BIG DISAPPOINTMENT!!!

    I have read and loved ALL of Ms. Small's. books. This one is atrocious. It has no rediming qualities. It is corny, cheesy and BORING. The main character is portrayed as a holier than thou young girl and the hero is no better. DO NOT WAIST YOUR TIME AND MONEY!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2005

    was not worth money

    i could not wait for this book to come out but it left me short. It was not the usually ms small book. rosamund and until you were great this book could not match the antipation of the first 2 books can't wait for the final saga hope that can make up for this luke warm book. If the main character was not whining she was talking about her wardrobe and her sister just went off on her own you barely heard anything about her until the end of the book this was a waste of my energy reading this cramp but i am still a faithful reader of ms small

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Very entertaining

    In 1519 Giles FitzHugh breaks off his betrothal to Phillipa Meredith, a Lady in Waiting to Queen Katherine of Aragon, because he has decided to take holy vows instead. Stunned because she had expected to one day marry Giles, she informs him there will be no one else. Her mother Rosamund asks her uncle Sir Thomas Bolton to find a husband for his niece. Thomas selects an Earl, Crispin St. Clair as the groom........................ Crispin finds the charming outrageous Phillipa quite fun as he sees her inexperience and youth as an asset. He courts her with passion and she falls in love with him. She accepts his proposal even as the Kings of England and France prepare for a historic meeting. Phillipa has knowledge that a plot to kill Henry is afoot and must be stopped..................... Bertrice Small fans will take immense pleasure with her latest heated historical romance starring two enchanting protagonists caught in the middle of major events that shape that part of the world for years to come. The story line is action-packed but clearly belongs to the intrepid heroine as she rebounds with love but also deals with treachery. PHILLIPA is a fine sixteenth century romance with a strong cast caught in the maelstrom of momentous happenings....................... Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2004

    Great, as always

    I have read all of Bertrice Small's full length books (and own almost all of them), and this one is no exception to the rule: great characters, steamy scenes, great plot, etc. etc. I would not rate it as 'one of the best romances of all time' or anything like that, but it is very entertaining and ranks up in with the high-quality books that she always puts out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2004

    Again, disappointed

    I started reading Ms. Small's books a long time ago. At the time of 'The Kadin,' 'Love Wild and Fair,' and 'Sky O'Malley.' Her books were wonderful. Full of wonderful characters, descriptions of the life at the time, and, of course, wild wonderful sex. The only thing left in Ms. Small's current books of which this is the latest, is the sex. And even it has gotten to be boring. I don't know if Ms. Small has writer's block or if she has a contract dictating a book a year, whether good or not, but this is definitely the last of her books I will buy. I much prefer rereading her older books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2004

    good edtion

    this book was very good. Philippa knows what she wants and its the opposite to what rosamund wants I love here cousin tom bolton he just comes alive in this book a must read in this series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2004

    Philippa

    Rosamunde's eldest daughter, Phillipa has rosy dreams of marrying, until her fiance' returns home to announce he is going to Rome, to be a priest. Heartbroken, she does something very stupid, gets drunk, plays strip dice, and gets caught by Henry VIII. Sent home in disgrace, she is more heartsick over having to leave court than losing her wretched fiance. Then, things get brighter when she meets a man who wishes to marry her and accompany her to France with Katherine's court. In his arms she learns things that totally disprove Katherine of Aragon's training. On the less sensual side, Phillipa's involvement in intrigue has the potential to stop a plot against her liege. .........**** Bertrice Small continues to win readers, even those not enarmored of historical romance. While she is noted for writing sensual romance, the sensuality never strays into tackiness, as some others might. Phillipa is a fit continuation of her mother's legacy, though a bit less complex. ****

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2004

    Christy, loyal B. Small fan from GA.

    This is a must read for those who have read the Rosamund series of books!

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