I Am the Chosen King By Helen Hollick

                                I rated this novel five stars. Book review coming soon!

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Rival to the Queen by Carolly Erickson

This was a fast easy read. However, the book didn’t portray Queen Elizabeth in a good light. Lettie was about the only strong character, I thought in this book. This story is about Lettie Knollys -Queen Elizabeth cousin-the only women to stand up to Elizabeth. Lettie Knollys secretly marries Robert Dudley and the Queen basically tries too make Lettie’s life hell for doing so. I enjoy reading about Tudor England and I felt that this book really didn’t portray Tudor England in the way we normally read about. But…having said that, overall it was an interesting read. The plot was good, but could have been a little stronger. So I gave it three stars.

Her Highness, the Traitor by Susan Higginbotham

Susan Higginbotham does a superb job with this story! This is my first novel I have read by Susan. I have read several books about Lady Jane Grey and her family. Susan puts a new light on Jane’s mother, Frances Grey. I’ve never been too fond of the women. I have always thought her to be a mean and abusive women.

The story of Lady Jane is a tragic one. I’ve always thought her unfairly punished for the actions of others around her. After all I believe she was controlled by others.

This novel will be published in June of 2012. Add it to your TBR list! It’s a must read.         

Coming Up for Air by Patti Callahan Henry

This story begins with Ellie at her mother’s funeral. A day or so later Ellie finds a journal belonging to her mother and discovers a part of her mothers past she didn’t know about. Meanwhile Ellie’s marriage to Rusty is in trouble. So Ellie decided to leave town for a few days to get away and to do some research on her mother. She discovers things about her mother and makes a decision about her marriage.

This story to me was about a daughter wanting to know more about her mother and how she lived her life when she was younger. It’s also about first love, marriage,loss and healing.

I really enjoyed this story. I love the fact that Ellie is an Artist. So I liked how she saw life. I also enjoyed reading about the jubilee. The meaning of it and the traditions. This story takes place in the South and as a Southerner, I felt right at home with this story. This is a good story to curl up with and get lost in.

Lot’s Return To Sodom by Sandra Brannan

I, Elizabeth by Rosalind Miles

I read this a few years ago and I believe it’s the first historical fiction book that really sparked my interest in this genre. Before this book I mostly read classics, romance, mystery, christian fiction and religious books.

This is also the first book that intrigued me about the Tudors. Queen Elizabeth is one of the women I admire throughout history.

This is one of my favorite books. I’ve read this twice and enjoyed this story even more the second time I read it.