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Series: In The Court of Henry VIII, #1
Published by NAL Trade Genres: historical fiction
Source: the library
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For fans of The Tudors comes a captivating drama about the only woman who could defy Henry VIII -and keep her life.
Mary Tudor, the headstrong younger sister of the ruthless King Henry VIII, has always been her brother's favorite-but now she is also an important political bargaining chip. When she is promised to the elderly, ailing King Louis of France, a heartbroken Mary accepts her fate, but not before extracting a promise from her brother: When the old king dies, her next marriage shall be solely of her choosing. For Mary has a forbidden passion, and is determined, through her own cunning, courage, and boldness, to forge her own destiny.
The Secret Bride is the triumphant tale of one extraordinary woman who meant to stay true to her heart and live her life just as her royal brother did- by her own rules...
There are lots of books I don’t finish – I’m pretty fussy about the ones I do finish, actually, because I always review a book I finish, even if I hate it, even if I give it a one star review. I don’t normally review DNF’s or even really do much with them other than label it as such on goodreads, and half the time I don’t even do that.
This book, however. It deserves a special DNF post, because I’ve tried reading this book six times over the last two years. I want to like this author, I want to devour & love this series, and I.Just.Can’t.Even. It is horribly written, has little historical fact and should not call itself historical fiction, the characters little resemble the historical figure they portray themselves to be, not to mention each character is pretty much identical in how they are written. Six year olds talk exactly the same as 20 year olds. I feel bad for anyone trying to listen to an audiobook, because you’ll have no idea who is who by listening.
There’s so much foreshadowing at future events that you don’t need to finish the book in order to know the ending, which is a good thing because you won’t want to finish the ending.
It’s beyond dribble.
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