Being a booklover, I love to hear what everyone is reading now, what book you've most recently finished and the next book you plan to read.
THEN: The King's Fool by Margaret Campbell Barnes. The premise here is a look at King Henry VIII's adult life as told by his trusted jester, Will Somers. Although this is a fictionalized version of the Tudor story, Will Somers was a real person, so closely tied to the royal family that he appears in some family portraits. Being new to the historical fiction genre, this is the first book I've read by Margaret Campbell Brown. She's a very good writer and I hope to read more by her in the future.
I'd give this a full four stars out of five.
NOW: Legacy by Susan Kay. This book is touted in many amazon.com reviews as the best of the fictionalized account of the life of Elizabeth I. Although billed as historical fiction and not historical romance, this book relies too heavily on long smoldering looks and lips that almost but never quite touch. Of the several books about Elizabeth I's life, this one is best at conjecturing about her decision to remain unmarried and to rule England alone.
NEXT: I, Mona Lisa by Jeanne Kalogridis. From the back cover of the trade paperback version: Set against the drama of fifteenth century Florence, I, Mona Lisa is painted in many layers of fact and fiction, with each intricately drawn twist told through the captivating voice of Mona Lisa herself.
NOW JUST FOR FUN: Turn to page 124 of your "Now" read and copy the first full sentence on that page here:
Legacy by Susan Kay, page 124:
"Elizabeth attended Robin's wedding later that summer, one of many unwilling guests obliged to show their faces at a series of Dudley unions."
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