Plain Jane: A Novel of Jane Seymour [NOOK Book]

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Continuing the story of Henry VIII?s wives?from the author of The Spanish Bride and A Lady Raised High.

With a face better suited to a nun's habit than a wedding dress, Jane Seymour has no suitors and few hopes. Then, her prospects brighten when she is granted a position at court as maid of honor to Queen Catherine. There, Jane watches as King Henry VIII ignores his aging ...
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Plain Jane: A Novel of Jane Seymour

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Overview

Continuing the story of Henry VIII?s wives?from the author of The Spanish Bride and A Lady Raised High.

With a face better suited to a nun's habit than a wedding dress, Jane Seymour has no suitors and few hopes. Then, her prospects brighten when she is granted a position at court as maid of honor to Queen Catherine. There, Jane watches as King Henry VIII ignores his aging wife, showering favor on the beautiful Anne Boleyn, the woman he would make his new queen.

But soon he tires of Anne and his wandering eye falls on Jane. Though she has feelings of affection for Henry, she cannot let herself be swept away by his attentions if she is to win not only his heart, but also the greatest prize of all?the Crown.
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Plain Jane is truly one of those work of art books that will capture the imagination and let it take flight!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440634222
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Series: Tudor Women Series, #3
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 115,045
  • File size: 448 KB

Meet the Author

Laurien Gardner is the author of a series of historical novels about the women of Tudor England: The Spanish Bride, A Lady Raised High, and Plain Jane.

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  • Posted January 30, 2010

    A neglected queen

    Most historical novelists who have dealt with the Tudor era focus on Anne Boleyn; this book concentrates on her successor, Jane Seymour, who bore Henry VIII his only son who lived beyond infancy. Laurien Gardner, the author, warrants compliments for creating a believable Jane and her court--we know almost nothing about the woman--as well as for the charming writing. An interesting wrinkle is that Gardner assumes that Jane actually loved Henry. Historians seem to find this difficult to believe.

    I look forward to more books by this writer.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 11, 2010

    NOT A PLAIN JANE AT ALL

    I felt that Laurien Gardner must have known Jane as a person. The insight she has about Jane's feelings about being plain and that no one could get past her looks and find the good and compassion person she was. It was as if Laurien wrote about a dear friend . BEST REVIEW I CAN GIVE IS THAT I WAS SORRY WHEN THE BOOK ENDED

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2007

    wonderful

    the book really captivated me and I couldn't put it down. The end is heartbreaking, but it feels so real you almost cry.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    fine historical tale

    In 1537 England Jane Seymour has no suitors, no prospects and no future at least with a man. She understands that no male would desire PLAIN JANE. The reticent lady actually gets a lift when she is selected as a maid of honor to Queen Catherine. While she feels bad for Catherine when Henry VIII ignores her in favor of beautiful Anne Boleyn, she knows to remain quiet, which in fact is her personality. Jane stays at court when Catherine is dumped and divorced as Henry marries Anne. However after she fails to produce an heir, Henry becomes tired of her demanding obstinate shrewish ways and to the shock of everyone begins to look in the direction of the shy silent mouse, PLAIN JANE. Jane is attracted to her Highness, but hides it as she believes a hale, hearty hunk like King Henry would never find her attractive. However, she soon believes she can win his heart and the throne by his side. --- The third Laurien Gardner historical tale focusing on the wives of King Henry VIII (see THE SPANISH BRIDE and A LADY RAISED HIGH) is an intriguing look at PLAIN JANE Seymour who wins the immediate sweepstake in spousal roulette. She triumphs because she gives the monarch what he most desires in life, a male heir. The look into Jane¿s life enables the reader a fascinating glimpse at royalty in the early sixteenth century as Henry changes much of the accepted culture with his divorces and ultimately the establishment of a new church. Historical readers will enjoy the latest entry and look forward to reading about the next person on the chopping block, Katherine Howard. --- Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2007

    A True Masterpiece!

    I absolutely loved this book! It was void of crassness and lewd details,(very rare for novels about Henry VIII's reign),the language was clean, and the plot very engaging.I was thrilled to see a book about Jane Seymour(third wive of Henry VIII). Usually it's about Anne Bolyn or Catherine Howard, the more riviting flirty wives. So, if you want to broaden your historical horizans and be vastly enchanted.......

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2007

    something real and new!

    this book finally tells the story of Jane, bittersweet it was but it turns her into a person to remember in contradiction to the woman who gave henry a son.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Great

    A good read

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