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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Book of the Year 2010

It's the end of the year and time to share my favorite reads of this year.

This years pick is a classic among those who read historical fiction. I have to admit when I picked the book out at Barnes and Noble I really didn't expect to finish all 972 pages. It took me exactly one month to complete it and when it ended I was sad to say the least.

Forever Amber
There are several books  that I thoroughly enjoyed this year but Forever Amber is one of my major faves.  The others that I really enjoyed this year I decided to give them a Honorable Mention.
The Founding (The Morland Dynasty)The Queen's DollmakerHealer: A Novel (The Brides of Alba Series)


By Royal Decree By Kate Emerson

Secrets of the Tudor Court: By Royal DecreeCharming. Desirable. Forbidden. Brought to court with other eligible young noblewomen by the decree of King Henry VIII, lovely Elizabeth "Bess" Brooke realizes for the first time that beauty can be hazardous. Although Bess has no desire to wed the aging king, she and her family would have little choice if Henry's eye were to fall on her. And other dangers exist as well, for Bess has caught the interest of dashing courtier Will Parr. Bess finds Will's kisses as sweet as honey, but marriage between them may be impossible. Will is a divorced man, and remarriage is still prohibited. Bess and Will must hope that the king can be persuaded to issue a royal decree allowing Will to marry again . . . but to achieve their goal, the lovers will need royal favor. Amid the swirling alliances of royalty and nobles, Bess and Will perform a dangerous dance of palace intrigue and pulse-pounding passions.
My Thoughts: Bess Brook was a interesting charcter in the beginning of the book she seemed more like a child than a yong woman but as the book progress she  grew up  and the story became more interesting.
Emerson's Secrets of the Tudor Court series is getting better with each book.  She really has  the talent to find some of the most interesting people to write about in the Tudor age and bring them to life.  Her next book will be  At The King's Pleasure  the story of Lady Anne Stafford. Thank you Ms Emerson for the chance to review this book it was a  pleasure to read.

FTC:book was sent to me by the Author