Royal Inheritance [NOOK Book]

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Audrey Malte is illegitimate, though her beloved father—tailor to King Henry VIII—prefers to call her “merry-begot,” saying there was much joy in her making. Then Audrey visits the royal court with her father, and the whispers start about Audrey’s distinctive Tudor-red hair and the kindness that the king shows her. Did dashing Henry perhaps ask Malte to raise a royal love child? The king’s favor, however, brings Audrey constraint as well as opportunity. Though she holds tender feelings for her handsome music ...
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Overview

Audrey Malte is illegitimate, though her beloved father—tailor to King Henry VIII—prefers to call her “merry-begot,” saying there was much joy in her making. Then Audrey visits the royal court with her father, and the whispers start about Audrey’s distinctive Tudor-red hair and the kindness that the king shows her. Did dashing Henry perhaps ask Malte to raise a royal love child? The king’s favor, however, brings Audrey constraint as well as opportunity. Though she holds tender feelings for her handsome music tutor, John Harington, the king is pressuring her to marry into the family of treacherous, land-hungry Sir Richard Southwell. Audrey determines to learn the truth about her birth at last. The answer may give her the freedom to give her heart as she chooses . . . or it could ensnare her deeper in an enemy’s ruthless scheme.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In her latest of the Secrets of the Tudor Court series (after The King’s Damsel), Tudor aficionado Emerson suggests that Henry VIII fathered an out-of-wedlock daughter with one of the royal laundresses and privately arranged for her to be put in the care of his personal tailor, John Malte. Imagining the life story of Audrey Malte, an actual historical figure, the author reliably mixes court intrigue and the complicated politics of Henry’s life and multiple wives with the fascinating private journey of a young woman who gradually becomes aware of her royal heritage. Audrey’s life story is told to her only daughter, Hester, and this device works as the tale shifts back and forth between the “present” (1556) and the past, beginning in 1532 when Audrey first encounters the King and where her account takes off. The special treatment Audrey receives through the years—private tutors and court visits—raises suspicions among her siblings, and though all think John Malte is her real father and that she was his “merry-begot” (a bastard child), it is not until Audrey is a young woman that she comes to learn the identity of her true father. Emerson cleverly makes a good case for her royal connection, as well as for why the King did not officially recognize her. Adding punch is the love story between Audrey and John Harrington. Another satisfying, page-turning addition to Emerson’s series. (Sept. 24)
Romantic Times Book Reviews
"Readers with a voracious appetite for Tudor-set novels will take Emerson’s Secrets of the Tudor Court series to heart. It is more than the careful research, dramatic events, and lush details they savor; it is how Emerson merges little known historical personages and history into a powerful novel where ordinary people take center stage. This new outlook on history makes for realism, while tugging at readers’ hearts and stimulating minds to learn more about the era. Well-crafted historical fiction, romance and passion fill every page.”
Historically Obsessed
“5/5 Kate did it again! She might as well be called the Tudor goddess. I loved every page of "Royal Inheritance" because it was so exciting...makes for excellent reading. I highly recommend all of Kate’s novels because they are so much fun to read. They seem to surprise me every time.”
Fresh Fiction
"An engaging tale of loyalty, love, and treachery in the court of King Henry VIII."
Renaissance magazine
"Intrigue, romance and treachery abound in this well-researched, sensitively written book."
RT Book Reviews - Kathe Robins
"In the first in Emerson's series, it's hard to tell where reality ends and fiction begins. Rich and lushly detailed, teeming with passion and intrigue, this is a novel in which you can happily immerse yourself in another time and place."
From the Publisher
"A wonderfully absorbing novel that is full of enough historical detail to satisfy even the most hard-core Tudor fan. Emerson beautifully depicts the difficulty of living in a treacherous period in which one had to do what the king’s pleasure demanded, in spite of the risk of losing one’s head.”

"Sparked by an actual letter written by a Spanish ambassador in 1534, Emerson creates a believable scenario rich in accurate detail where her fictional Thomasine strolls comfortably next to real-life figures.“

"An engaging tale of loyalty, love, and treachery in the court of King Henry VIII."

"Subtle and well-drawn."

"Intrigue, romance and treachery abound in this well-researched, sensitively written book."

"In the first in Emerson's series, it's hard to tell where reality ends and fiction begins. Rich and lushly detailed, teeming with passion and intrigue, this is a novel in which you can happily immerse yourself in another time and place."

"It is this heroine that separates this book from the pack. The characters are subtle and well-drawn.."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451661538
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publication date: 9/24/2013
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 88,131
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Kate Emerson was born in Liberty, New York, and received an A.B. from Bates College and an M.A. from Old Dominion University. She currently lives in Wilton, Maine. She is a member of the Historical Novel Society, the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and other professional organizations. Emerson also writes a Scottish mysteries series as Kaitlyn Dunnett. Visit her at KateEmersonHistoricals.com.
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  • Posted September 27, 2013

    Have you ever started reading a book to quickly find out it wasn

    Have you ever started reading a book to quickly find out it wasn't going to be what you thought it was? That was the case with me for Royal Inheritance. It wasn't what I was expecting at all but it turned out to be an very enjoyable read. I find myself stepping out of my comfort zone on the occasion and I've really enjoyed reading a books that broaden my reading palate.  




    I truly enjoyed reading Audrey's story, she was a very smart girl, with the knowledge to know what she should keep to herself. I loved how she interacted with the various people from different societies of life. For being a merchant's daughter she really was brought up to be quite the lady. A little on the mischievous side at times but this girl really has my admiration. 




    I loved how she was doing her best to give her daughter all the details she needed to know so she didn't have to wonder later. I also appreciated the fact that she had to caution her daughter to guard the information she gave to her. I also found Audrey and Jack's interaction together to be quite entertaining and I often wondered what may happen next. 




    Kate Emerson has done a lovely job of combining fiction as well as giving us a nice education of English history around the time of King Henry the VIII. Ms. Emerson has created a story that I found to be very enjoyable and fascinating. I enjoyed her style of writing, she tells a very well written story that kept me interested from the beginning to the end. I would not hesitate to read more work written by MS. Emerson.




    I have not had the pleasure of reading the other books in the Secrets of Tudor Court, I have a feeling they would be an interesting read as well. I didn't feel like I was missing anything to the story with not having read the previous five books.




    If you enjoy historical fiction mixed in with some interesting historical facts I really do think you will enjoy this book. 




    I was given the opportunity to read Royal Inheritance in exchange for sharing my thoughts with you. As always it has been a pure pleasure for me to share my thoughts with you. If you should happen to have read or do read this book I would love to hear your thoughts. Please stop by my blog and let me know what you thought. 

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  • Posted March 1, 2014

    Audrey, has grown up in the multifarious times of King Henry VII

    Audrey, has grown up in the multifarious times of King Henry VII's court. This story is written from Audrey's point of view, as she tells her young daughter about her child. How she is the daughter of a laundress, who is taken from the care of her mother by King Henry himself who finds her beaten as a toddler in the halls of Windsor Castle. Given to John Malte to raise as his own, she has been given favors from the king that she could not understand. Malte's daughter Bridget finds all the kings favors for Audrey questionable, but her jealously rampage through out their formative years. But plot and intrigue are not what she is exposed to only in childhood. Audrey finds that her crowning glory her bright red-gold hair, makes rumors fly, is she the illegitimate bastard of the King? or the   daughter of another? With claims of royal blood can cause many problems. But just the hint of her red hair, she may find herself bound in many plots and policies, that will threaten her future her families future. A great fall read.

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  • Posted January 19, 2014

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    I found this book to be a little different than the previous bo

    I found this book to be a little different than the previous books in the series. I still enjoyed it, but the events seemed a lot tamer than they had in previous books.

    I really liked Audrey. I was a little surprised that she didn't question her own heritage sooner. If it were me, I would wonder why a chance meeting with the king would lead to being removed from my abusive home and being placed with a rich merchant. If that wasn't enough to question, then the king orders Audry be brought to court, given all sorts of lessons above her adoptive sisters. It's no wonder they become jealous of Audrey.

    As Audrey becomes of marriageable age, a very undesirable match comes forward. Audrey has no desire to become the daughter-in-law of a man accused of murder, especially when she learns who this man thinks her father really is. She hopes that if she delays long enough, that she will be able to marry the man she truly loves. But, what happens when the king gets involved? Will she be able to defy her king as well?

    I enjoyed how this story is told in flashbacks in the way of Audrey telling her background to her 8 year old daughter Hester. She's feels she does not have luxury of time to tell this story when her daughter is older. I'm not sure why she felt her daughter needed this information in the first place, but so be it.


    I'm hoping this series exhausted yet. I've really enjoyed Kate Emerson's ability to take little known people in history and give them their own story!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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