Book Review

by Diane Haeger

Genre: Historical Romance, Historical Fiction
Setting: Tudor England

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The Tudors reign supreme as Henry VIII's sister, Mary, takes center stage. Haeger portrays her as a flesh-and-blood, smart, passionate woman who out-maneuvers Henry to claim love in an intelligent, fast-paced story.

Henry VIII's favorite sister, Mary, must marry for political reasons, not for love. Nonetheless, she falls in love with Henry's friend, Charles Brandon, the Duke of Suffolk, just as she's betrothed to the elderly Louis XII of France. When she pleads with her brother to marry Charles, Henry refuses, and Mary bargains with him: She will marry Louis but have her choice of husband when he dies.

Three years later Mary's wish comes true. Charles is in the retinue to escort her home, and they marry in a secret ceremony. Henry is furious, but he has more to worry about than a rebellious sister -- his divorce from Catherine of Aragon, for one thing. Mary wins her freedom and claims her love. (NAL, Apr., 400 pp., $14.00)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: NAL

Published: April 2008

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