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The regency period is over and William Tudor, now King Henry IX, sits alone on the throne. But England must still contend with those who doubt his legitimacy, both in faraway lands and within his own family. To diffuse tensions and appease the Catholics, William is betrothed to a young princess from France, but still he has eyes for only his childhood friend Minuette, and court tongues are wagging.
Even more scandalous and dangerous, if discovered is that Minuette s heart and soul belong to Dominic, William s best friend and trusted advisor. Minuette must walk a delicate balance between her two suitors, unable to confide in anyone, not even her friend Elizabeth, William s sister, who must contend with her own cleaved heart. In this irresistible tale, the secrets that everyone keeps are enough to change the course of an empire.
Includes a preview of Laura Andersen s"The Boleyn Reckoning"
Praise for "The Boleyn Deceit"
Detailed and quick-paced, "The Boleyn Deceit"] will have series fans devouring it and emerging eager for the last book. An excellent recommendation for Phillippa Gregory fans. "Booklist "(starred review)
This entertaining work of alternative history offers plenty to savor for both fans of historical romance and those whose passion is political intrigue. . . . Perfect for fans of Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir, Andersen s novel admirably takes artistic license with history while remaining true to many aspects of real-world history. . . . Foreshadows] a mesmerizing conclusion to the trilogy. "Publishers Weekly"
An intriguing re-imagining of Tudor England and the treacheries of court life. "Kirkus Reviews"
Praise for Laura Andersen s "The Boleyn King"
A sumptuous, vividly imagined novel of a Boleyn king s fateful rise to power amid the treacherous glamour of the Tudor court. C. W. Gortner, author of "The Queen s Vow"
Fans of both Stephenie Meyer and Philippa Gregory will find much to love in this evocative and well-written debut. Francine Mathews, author of "Jack 1939"
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Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-09-02
- Reviewer: Staff
The second part of a trilogy that began with The Boleyn King, this entertaining work of alternative history offers plenty to savor for both fans of historical romance and those whose passion is political intrigue. The premise: rather than leaving Henry VIII without a male heir, thereby permitting Elizabeth to ascend the throne, Anne Boleyn actually bore Henry a son, named William, who, at the novel’s opening, has recently become king. William has also been promised in marriage to the much younger princess of France, a move calculated to appease England’s Catholics. Secretly, however, William hopes to marry Minuette, Elizabeth’s confidante who has been raised alongside the Boleyn children. Romantic complications—Minuette’s heart belongs to William’s closest friend, Dominic—arise alongside political scandal, as Minuette researches the cause of the bloody events that closed the previous title in the series and William struggles to retain control of the throne, despite those who would challenge the authority of the young but self-assured Protestant king. Perfect for fans of Philippa Gregory and Allison Weir, Andersen’s novel admirably takes artistic license with history while remaining true to many aspects of real-world history. The romance plot builds gradually, while the political one comes to a more rapid (and, for those who have not read the first volume, perhaps confusing) head—but both seem to foreshadow a mesmerizing conclusion to the trilogy. (Nov.)