From carefree young woman to disillusioned bride, the dazzling lady who would become mother and grandmother to two of history’s most infamous queens, has a fascinating story all her own…
At sixteen, Elizabeth Howard envisions a glorious life for herself as lady-in-waiting to the future queen, Catherine of Aragon. But when she is forced to marry Thomas Boleyn, a wealthy commoner, Elizabeth is left to stagnate in the countryside while her detested husband pursues his ambitions. There, she raises golden girl Mary, moody George, and ugly duckling Anne–while staving off boredom with a string of admirers. Until Henry VIII takes the throne…
When Thomas finally brings his highborn wife to London, Elizabeth indulges in lavish diversions and dalliances–and catches the lusty king’s eye. But those who enjoy Henry’s fickle favor must also guard against his wrath. For while her husband’s machinations bring Elizabeth and her children to the pinnacle of power, the distance to the scaffold is but a short one–and the Boleyn family’s fortune may be turning.
Praise for the novels of Brandy Purdy:
"Recommended for readers who can't get enough of the Tudors and have devoured all of Phillipa Gregory's books." Library Journal
"Purdy wonderfully reimagines the behind-the-scenes lives of the two sisters."
Historical Novel Review on The Tudor Throne
PARTICULARS OF THE BOOK :
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
ABOUT THE AUTHOR :
Brandy Purdy (Emily Purdy in the UK) is the author of several historical novels including THE CONFESSION OF PIERS GAVESTON, THE BOLEYN WIFE (THE TUDOR WIFE), THE TUDOR THRONE (MARY & ELIZABETH), THE QUEEN'S PLEASURE (A COURT AFFAIR), and THE QUEEN'S RIVALS (THE FALLEN QUEEN).
Please see her website and blog for more insights into this interesting author!
INTERVIEW WITH MS PURDY!!!
The Bookish Libraria is delighted to have Ms Purdy here to answer some questions for us about herself and her work. Welcome, Brandy!!
THE BOOKISH DAME REVIEWS :
Naturally, one of my favorite genre, and I wasn't disappointed by reading this novel. Brandy Purdy has a stream of good books to choose from. All of them are excellent. She writes like a historian with the captivating tone of a storyteller. There are few who can really pull this off as well as she does. From the first paragraphs, I was caught in her web of intrigue and couldn't pull myself loose. This is a book you will thoroughly enjoy even if you think you've already read all about the Boleyns.
I can tell you, Ms Purdy has found a way to let you know you haven't!
This book is told mostly in narrative form. It made me feel I was sitting at the fireside of a castle with Elizabeth Boleyn and hearing her tales of her daughters' and her own life. It holds a new perspective on the famous Boleyn girls; yes, but it also gives us a perspective of the mother who raised them and often neglected them. It was mesmerizing. If you've always wondered as I have where they got their backbone, beauty and charm...this is a novel that explains much of that. We also see the seductions of men and the English court from another perspective.
Brandy Purdy writes with a veteran's hand. She is well-versed in the times, the settings and the nuances of the Tudor age. All this makes her story come to life. If you want to slip into a season of Tudor England, all you have to do is enter her book for a few hours and you're there.
I loved this novel! I think you who read historical fiction regularly will too.
5 stars Deborah/TheBookishDame