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SECRETS OF THE TUDOR COURT
Genre: Historical Romance, Historical Fiction
Bogdan debuts with a sweeping tale of the Tudor court from Catherine of Aragon to Katharine Parr as seen through the eyes of Mary Howard, the powerful Duke of Norfolk's daughter. Readers are given a glimpse into each queen's court and a fresh portrait of Henry VIII. Told from Mary's viewpoint, the book shows Norfolk's manipulations as he uses his daughter as a pawn in his political games. There is no doubt that Tudor fans will devour yet another novel starring Henry and his wives.
Desperate for her father's acceptance and love, Mary Howard follows his "request" that she place herself near the king's latest interest, Anne Boleyn. Mary sympathizes with kindly Queen Catherine, but will not defy her father's wishes that she ingratiate herself with Anne.
Mary is drawn into many court intrigues. Following one queen after another, Mary reports to Norfolk; still she holds a small part of herself apart. She falls in love, but cannot truly give her heart for fear of her father's anger. Only with his death is she finally freed. (KENSINGTON, May, 400 pp., $15.00)
Reviewed By: Kathe Robin
Published: May 2010