Tuesday, February 7

Dusty Reads (5)

~This is a weekly meme created by Xpressoreads that showcases books that have been sitting on your shelf for a while and is a little dusty...~

Tuesday is once again upon us! Ahhhh! That means I have class today. =( Oh well. I skipped my first class of the day. I know. I know. I'm in the teacher program and I skip a class? Yes, I'm a bad coconut sometimes. Anyways, the book I'm dusting off today is...Queen of Subtleties by Suzannah Duhn.

 "Anne Boleyn and Lucy Cornwallis: queen and
confectioner, fatefully linked in a court
rife with intrigue and treachery
She was the dark-eyed English beauty who captivated King Henry VIII, only to die at his behest three years after they were married. She was both manipulator and pawn, a complex, misunderstood melange of subtlety and fire. Her name was Anne Boleyn.
"In The Queen of Subtleties," Suzannah Dunn reimagines the rise and fall of the tragic queen through two alternating voices: that of Anne herself, who is penning a letter to her young daughter on the eve of her execution, and Lucy Cornwallis, the king's confectioner. An employee of the highest status, Lucy is responsible for creating the sculpted sugar centerpieces that adorn each of the feasts marking Anne's ascent in the king's favor. They also share another link of which neither woman is aware: the lovely Mark Smeaton, wunderkind musician--the innocent on whom, ultimately, Anne's downfall hinges."
This wouldn't be my first Suzannah Duhn book or my first book about Queen Anne. I'm a fan Ms. Duhn and I simple adore Queen Anne (as many of you know). However, this has been sitting on my shelf for a couple of years now. I think the reason why I'm so anti-reading this is because I've heard a lot of negative reviews about this. Usually, I like to test the negative reviews and see for myself, but they have been holding me back from reading this...
What do you guys think? How many of you read this? Did you like it? Hate it? Think it was okay? 


Blodeuedd said...

Never even heard of it, and not a fan of the Tudor era

SF said...

lol you bad coconut, you! I go to such a small college that skipping classes is kind of out of the question. :/

I'm afraid I can't give you advice on the book. Let us know if you read it and love it!

RJ @ RJ Does Books! said...

Great post! :D This book looks interesting! I too am fascinated by the Victorian times!

Carole Rae said...

Blodeuedd, really? Thats okay. Sometimes I hate that time era too...it's a very dark sometimes. I mostly just like Anne Boleyn and Thomas Wyatt.

Susan, haha I know I know. Oooh good thing I don't go there. I shall let you guys know! I just got to get myself to read it first!

RJ, thanks. You mean the Tudor times? But yeah...its a fascinating time period. Very complex and sometimes very dark.

Unknown said...

Not an author i'd heard of until now. Thanks for sharing :-)

Passing through for Beck Valley's hop,
TToria @ http://ttoria.blogspot.com

Carole Rae said...

Yeah, she's not too bad. =)