Publication Date: June 25, 2013
Their ambitions were ordinary, but they were born too close to the throne...
As cousins of history's most tempestuous queens, Ladies Jane, Katherine, and Mary Grey were born in an age when all of London lived beneath the Tower's menacing shadow. Tyrannized by Bloody Mary and the Virgin Queen, the sisters feared love was unthinkable —and the scaffold all but unavoidable...
Raised to fear her royal blood and what it might lead men to do in her name, Mary Grey dreads what will become of herself and her elder sisters under the reigns of Mary Tudor and Elizabeth I. On their honor, they have no designs on the crown, yet are condemned to solitude, forbidden to wed. Though Mary, accustomed to dwelling in the shadows, the subject of whispers, may never catch the eye of a gentleman, her beautiful and brilliant sisters long for freedoms that would surely cost their lives. And so, wizened for her years, Mary can only hope for divine providence amid a bleak present and a future at the whim of the throne — unless destiny gains the upper hand.
A gripping and bittersweet tale of broken families and broken hearts, courage and conviction, The Queen's Rivals recounts an astonishing chapter in the hard-won battle for the Tudor throne.
Please note this book will be published in the UK as THE FALLEN QUEEN by Emily Purdy.
Told from the viewpoint of Lady Mary Grey, the youngest Grey sister, this story is a fascinating look at the political machinations that went on during the Tudor era of England's history. The Grey sisters were just girls who longed for simple lives, but who were caught up as pawns in the race to secure the throne in the uneasy time after the death of King Henry VIII.
I loved the intricate descriptions that author Brandy Purdy used in this story - the details of the foods, the clothes, the jewels, the castle, even the animals the three sisters adored - all are described in such a manner that the reader can almost feel, taste, and appreciate the actual items.
I enjoyed this novel, and I think fans of Tudor history, English royalty, and historical fiction will enjoy it too.
About the Author:
Brandy Purdy (Emily Purdy in the UK) is the author of the historical novels 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).
An ardent book lover since early childhood, she first became interested in history at the age of nine or ten years old when she read a book of ghost stories which contained a chapter about Anne Boleyn haunting the Tower of London.
Visit her website at www.brandypurdy.com
You can also follow her, and her cat Tabby, via her blog at http://brandypurdy.blogspot.com where she posts updates about her work and weekly book reviews.
My thanks to Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for including me on this tour and to Kensington Books for the review copy of the book. I was not compensated for my opinion.