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Published by Self-published via Amazon on November 23rd 2011
Genres: historical fiction
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“Six of One” is the ultimate ‘girls’ night in'–with the six wives of Henry VIII. Join Dolly, the Tudor-obsessed heroine of “Six of One”, on a Yellow Brick Road journey to the alternate reality of an all-girl Tudor court. It's the most fun you can have with your nightdress on!
It all begins when Dolly loses consciousness on the eve of her marriage to the six-times-divorced Harry. She awakens in the company of the Tudor women she’s studied all of her life. Team Tudor has a mission to accomplish in the way of corrective recapitulation. Could Dolly be the girl who will help them to finally do it?
Dolly warms up for her interview with the six shades of Henry in practice rounds with lots of the other famous ladies of Tudor times. In-laws, outlaws, matriarchs, frenemies, and household help are all on hand to help out and add to the Tudor factoids and fun.
Of course the heart of the story is in Dolly’s interview with the six wives of Henry VIII. It turns out there’s something to each of the wives’ stories that’s been held back all this time. You won’t believe what really happened…or will you?
“Six of One” offers no tragedy, no excuses, and no apologies. It does have lots of broad humor, not to mention tons of puns. And—for a change—a happy ending.
"The novel is an enthusiastic, well-researched, fictional account of what happened to the infamous wives of Henry VIII." Kirkus Indie Review
"A fun, rather irreverent, entertaining spoof...A wonderful read when you need a bit of light relief." Claire Ridgway, 'Anne Boleyn Files'
“…such a fun ride!...The book will have you laughing and satisfying your fun Tudor craving…Definitely a Tudor book
This book is definitely not going to be a book for everyone – but for the right person, you are going to love it!
This is a spoof book, a humorous take on the six wives of Henry VIII. You definitely need to be at least somewhat familiar with the Tudor era in order to really enjoy the book. Spears does a great job of explaining who the characters are as she goes along, so if you need a bit of a nudge for some of the minor characters, she’ll help you with that. It’s meant to be very funny; alas, I didn’t find most of the jokes all that funny (the constant rhyming especially drove me crazy; I’m not a two year old), but I still loved the book. It was so, so refreshing to see a lighthearted look at what was actually a controversial time in our history, and it was just so much FUN to imagine all of the wives chattering about gossiping to one another.
So definitely a must read for a Tudor fan with a sense of humor – even if you are like me, and you don’t enjoy all of the jokes or puns, you can still really enjoy the book for what else it offers you.
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