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Jen Reads: On A Bender

Posted Nov 13 2012 9:21pm

I have been a reading machine since I last posted a Jen Reads post. A virtual binge of reading.

Some of what I have read:

I liked this book by Donna Russo Morin, a lot. Genevieve Gravois has trained as an assassin by cohorts of King Henry VIII since she was a toddler after the death of her parents. She is sent to the court of French King François and learns that everything she has believe may have been wrong.  I already put more of her books on hold at the library.

I enjoyed this book as well. Elizabeth Stafford, Queen Mary’s maid and daughter of a duke, is married to Thomas Howard, the third Duke of Norfolk. The marriage is rocky and the intrigue that goes on in the court of Henry VIII, kept me reading. Unfortunately, the library does not have more of her books in the network.

I have read a few of Kate Emerson’s book and I like them. They are also set in King Henry VIII’s court and Anne Stafford (the aunt of the main character in Rivals in the Tudor Court) is married to George, Lord Hastings but is drawn to Will Compton, the king’s friend. This is nice reading that makes me forget and keeps me totally entertained.

This book is not set in the court of Henry VIII but instead is set during King John’s time. The dowager queen Eleanor of Aquitaine sets up a marriage between Juliana de Charnais, a woman raised in a convent,  and Guérin de lasalle, a mercenary in the dowager queen’s service. They clash and struggle with the world around them and the court that the marriage was formed in. I will read more of her books.

In a small New York town at the beginning of the 20th century, 16 year old Mattie is forced to find a job in a tourist hotel in town. While she is there, a hotel quest entrusts her with letters then the guest is killed. It is a historical mystery and I really enjoyed it.

It is no mystery that I love historical fiction.  One of little goals for next year is to expand my reading horizons.

There is never enough time and so many books I want to read!

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