<h1>'A very readable account of a fascinating woman who dared to stand up to Henry VIII and survived. It is thoroughly researched, admirably written and the author's love of the Tudor period shines through.'</h1>
HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEW
RELUCTANT QUEEN: A TUDOR HISTORICAL NOVEL
One NOT about any of the six wives! Henry had plenty of other relatives, most of whom, given his short-lived dynasty and shaky right to the crown, the always insecure Henry had executed throughout his reign in order to secure his throne.
Although the teenaged Mary Rose is King Henry VIII's favourite sister (he even named his famous ship after her), his shifting alliances and ruthless desire to have his own way, made him push the young and lovely Mary into a hateful state marriage with the ailing and ancient King Louis XII of France.
But, a reluctant Mary Rose, as strong-willed as Henry and passionately in love, for the first time, with champion of the lists Charles Brandon, extracts a promise from Henry. A promise she is determined he will keep.
At the French court, Mary Rose is pursued by the witty, charming, but debauched Francis, Louis's heir, and, between the awful conjugal embraces of her sickly old husband and the persistent and unwanted attentions from Francis, Mary is in a desperately unhappy situation. But then, her ailing husband dies, and the lusty Francis is elevated to the French throne and absolute power.
Mary Rose thought her situation BEFORE her husband's death was difficult, but then she hears rumours of her kingly brother's plans for her future. And they do not include keeping the promise he made to her.
Trapped in an impossible situation, caught between a lustful Francis and the ruthless self-interest of her older brother, the spirited Mary Rose makes a fateful decision aware, even as she does so, that she is taking her very life in her hands.
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About the Author
A Little Laughter. A Little Mayhem. A Little MURDER...
British mystery author Geraldine Evans is a traditionally published author (Macmillan, St Martin's Press, Hale, Severn House) who turned indie in 2010.
Her mysteries include the soon-to-be 18-strong Rafferty & Llewellyn series of British Mysteries, whose protagonist, DI Joe Rafferty, comes from a family who think -- if he must be a copper -- he might at least have the decency to be a bent one.
Her second is the 2-strong Casey & Catt British Mysteries, with protagonist DCI 'Will' Casey, whose drugged-up 'the Sixties never died', hippie parents, also pose the occasional little difficulty.
She has also published The Egg Factory, a standalone mystery/thriller set in the infertility industry, Reluctant Queen, a biographical historical, about the little sister of Henry VIII, romance (under the pseudonym of Maria Meredith), and non-fiction (some under the pseudonym of Genniffer Dooley-Hart).
Geraldine is a Londoner, who moved to a Norfolk (UK) market town in 2000.
Her interests include photography, getting to grips with photo manipulation software, learning keyboards and painting portraits with a good likeness, but little else to recommend them.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book made Mary Tudor a relatable character that was very interesting to get to know throughout the story. While it was a very long story, there was a lot going on throughout the book that made it a very good read. This story followed Mary throughout her royal career and helped the reader really get to know her and her struggles as queen. This book was well written, and the plot remained interesting throughout the story, following Mary on her travels as well as through more than one marriage.
Reluctant Queen: The Story of Henry VIII's Defiant Little Sister by Geraldine Evans This is the story of Mary Rose Tudor, King Henry VIII youngest sister. She is forced into marriage by her brother, to King Louis XII of France. Mary is less than happy about this arrangement, King Louis VIII is very old and sickly, she is very young and rebellious. While married to Louis she is constantly pursued by her son-in-law Francis, which becomes an annoyance to Mary. Her heart is tied to Charles, she is forbidden to marry him since he is not of noble blood. She is determined to find a way to be with her one true love. I really loved this story. I liked Mary, she was outspoken, which was very rare for a woman in that era. The story is filled with scandalous secrets, and a lot of family rivalry and drama. Although the story was fiction, some of the characters were based on Actual people. Those who love historical fiction (based on Royalty) should enjoy Reluctant Queen: The Story of Henry VIII's Defiant Little Sister.