AT THE KING'S PLEASURE
Emerson has built her series on the lives and loves of the many women who surrounded Henry VIII. She has chosen the Stafford family whose loyalties are tested and whose daughter Anne is the centerpiece for this fictionalized biography. Anne is not as powerful or intriguing a woman as those previously chosen by Emerson. There is a blandness surrounding her even though Emerson provides interesting historical details. Only true Tudorphiles will savor this novel.