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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Book Blog Tour Stop - Queen's Gambit by Elizabeth Fremantle

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About The Book:

Publication Date: August 6, 2013
Simon & Schuster
Hardcover; 432p

Widowed for the second time at age thirty-one Katherine Parr falls deeply for the dashing courtier Thomas Seymour and hopes at last to marry for love. However, obliged to return to court, she attracts the attentions of the ailing, egotistical, and dangerously powerful Henry VIII, who dispatches his love rival, Seymour, to the Continent. No one is in a position to refuse a royal proposal so, haunted by the fates of his previous wives—two executions, two annulments, one death in childbirth—Katherine must wed Henry and become his sixth queen.

Katherine has to employ all her instincts to navigate the treachery of the court, drawing a tight circle of women around her, including her stepdaughter, Meg, traumatized by events from their past that are shrouded in secrecy, and their loyal servant Dot, who knows and sees more than she understands. With the Catholic faction on the rise once more, reformers being burned for heresy, and those close to the king vying for position, Katherine’s survival seems unlikely. Yet as she treads the razor’s edge of court intrigue, she never quite gives up on love.

My Thoughts:

Author Elizabeth Fremantle gives her readers a personal tour of the end of the reign of King Henry VIII in this fascinating novel. Through the eyes and voices of Henry's last wife, Katherine Parr, her stepdaughter Margaret Neville, and their devoted servant Dot, Fremantle presents an in-depth look at the machinations that made the Tudor dynasty so thrilling to read about.

I enjoyed the personal touch that is given to Katherine Parr in this story. I always admire this plucky queen who managed to keep her head, literally, when all around here were apt to lose theirs - literally. Bringing in the fictional voice of Dot brings in the "downstairs" side of the king's household - a group that is often ignored in history, but were so important to the everyday functions.

I was glad to hear this is the first of Fremantle's planned trilogy - I look forward to her next works.

If you enjoy stories of English Royalty, filled with intrigue and rich descriptions, you'll enjoy "Queen's Gambit."

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Elizabeth FremantleAbout the Author

Elizabeth Fremantle holds a first class degree in English and an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck College London. She has contributed as a fashion editor to various publications including Vogue, Elle and The Sunday Times. QUEEN’S GAMBIT is her debut novel and is the first in a Tudor trilogy. The second novel, SISTERS OF TREASON, will be released in 2014.

She lives in London.

For more about Elizabeth and her future projects, please visit her website. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads and Pinterest.

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Virtual Book Tour Schedule

Monday, August 12
Feature & Giveaway at Passages to the Past
Tuesday, August 13
Review & Giveaway at A Bookish Affair
Review & Giveaway at Flashlight Commentary
Wednesday, August 14
Review at The Library of Alexandra
Review & Giveaway at Confessions of an Avid Reader
Thursday, August 15
Review at From Left to Write
Friday, August 16
Review & Giveaway at Unabridged Chick
Monday, August 19
Review & Interview at A Chick Who Reads
Tuesday, August 20
Review & Giveaway at Book-alicious Mama
Wednesday, August 21
Review at The Happy Booker
Thursday, August 22
Review & Giveaway at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!
Friday, August 23
Review & Giveaway at vvb32 Reads
Interview at The Happy Booker
Monday, August 26
Review & Giveaway at Peeking Between the Pages
Tuesday, August 27
Review at Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Wednesday, August 28
Review at Medieval Bookworm
Thursday, August 29
Review at The Musings of ALMYBNENR
Friday, August 30
Review at The Tudor Book Blog
Monday, September 2
Feature & Giveaway at The True Book Addict
Interview at Layered Pages
Tuesday, September 3
Review at CelticLady’s Reviews
Review & Giveaway at The Maiden’s Court
Wednesday, September 4
Review at Booktalk & More
Interview & Giveaway at The Tudor Book Blog
Thursday, September 5
Review at A Book Geek
Friday, September 6
Review at History Undressed
Review at Impressions in Ink
Review & Giveaway at Drey’s Library
Review & Giveaway at Always with a Book
Monday, September 9
Review at She Is Too Fond of Books
Tuesday, September 10
Review at A Bookish Libraria
Review & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books
Wednesday, September 11
Review at So Many Books, So Little Time
Thursday, September 12
Review at Closed the Cover
Review at WTF Are You Reading?
Review at Carole’s Ramblings and Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell
Friday, September 13
Review & Giveaway at Books in the Burbs
Review & Giveaway at A Dream Within a Dream

My thanks to Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for including me on this tour and to the author and publisher for the review copy of the book.

I was not compensated for my opinion.

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Wendy Lohr said...

I have yet to read anything of this famous era in history, but I definitely like the sound of this novel. And I like the idea that a 'below stairs' perspective is provided as well. I feel that lends so much more authenticity and realism. This will definitely go on my list to read as soon as I have the opportunity!

Wendy @ Escape Into Fiction

Sharon Galligar Chance said...

I hope you like it Wendy! Thanks for stopping by!