Monday, September 7

Blodeuedd's Monday Review: By Royal Decree by Kate Emerson

Charming. 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:
I kept thinking Bess would have an affair with the king, the author played it like that. Saying how he thought she was pretty over and over again. Not that I wanted that, since she also said how disgusting Bess found him over and over again.

Oh I am getting a head of myself. This is the story of Bess Brooke. A noble woman at the Tudor court. She fell in love with Will Parr, who was divorced, but not allowed to marry again. So through out the entire book she wants to be his wife. But we all know the history. That wont be easy during that time. Crowns change heads. Religion is under watchful eyes.

Hers was an interesting story. I of course googled what happened to her after the book ended too. ..ok I might have googled before the book ended. I just like to google! And then I had to google other people too.

Though I must say it got a bit long winded at the end. That is a problem with historical fiction since things happen that isn't always interesting. Still a good book. 

Paperback, 353 pages
Published December 14th 2010 by Pocket 
Secrets of the Tudor Court, #3
Historical fiction


Lizzie said...

I loved this one but then again I loved this whole series by Emerson. Sadly she is not going to be writing any more of them :( Did not expect what happened to her in the end when you googled her eh? I was surprised. Glad you read this one.

Blodeuedd said...