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review 2018-08-07 14:45
Kings & Queens of England and Scotland
Kings & Queens of England and Scotland - DK Publishing;Plantagenet Somerset Fry

Kings & Queens of England and Scotland by Plantagenet Somerset Fry is a 96-page concise reference book about the monarchs of England, Scotland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom.  Though is primarily focused on the monarchs of England (and successor unions) with each ruler getting their own individual article from 1066-to-present, while the Scottish monarchs were only briefly covered in comparison.  Not all the information given in monarch articles is correct, at least to those readers well versed in history, but overall the book is a good reference book.

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text 2018-06-26 07:06
Return of the Thief

Megan Whalen Turner announced the sixth (and final?) book of The Queen's Thief series a few days ago, coming March 19, 2019. I'm not ready. I just reread the series last summer. I thought I had at least four more years. My whole brain is crying (and has been since the announcement).

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review 2018-06-03 17:15
Fantasy version of King Lear - a bit long but quite readable
The Queens of Innis Lear - Tessa Gratton


This fantasy novel is basically a take on King Lear with all the main characters, often with similar names, the fantasy element coming through the magic of the land as manipulated by key characters.

Quite engaging, especially if you're not familiar with the original play (as in my case) but too long at 560+ pages. I don't need as much repetition nor a description of what each character is wearing in most scenes. Characters are well- developed and the descriptions are lush and vivid. If you know the play, I am sure that the ending is different so no spoilers here! I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.



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review 2018-04-06 20:30
Book Review for Lost to a Spy: An All the Queen's Spies Novel by Sharon Cullen

Lost to a Spy: An All the Queen's Spies Novel

by Sharon Cullen
Series: All Queen Spies Series
  • File Size: 1861 KB
  • Print Length: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Loveswept 
  • Publication Date: March 13, 2018
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B072SRG1BG
  • Gene: Historical Romance,Scottish Romance,Romance
  • Reviewed by: Angels With Attitude Book Reviews
  • Arc copy provided by NetGalley
  • 3.5 Stars from Us

A refined Scottish courtier. A rugged British spy. And an affair that will change the course of history. Everything changes when the shocking deception is revealed in this seductive novel from USA Today bestselling author Sharon Cullen.
Ladies in waiting can’t help noticing more than they let on. After so many years at the court of Mary, Queen of Scots, Emma Howard sees quite plainly that the royal couple is anything but happy. Reeling from a failed marriage herself, Emma sympathizes with her beloved queen. But the last thing she wants is for the king to be murdered, let alone to witness the shocking act herself. With her whole world turned upside-down, Emma is saved by the quick thinking of a lowly printer . . . who, unbeknownst to her, is one of England’s most daring spies.
At Queen Elizabeth’s behest, Tristan has been stirring discontent against the Scottish nobility. Now that the king is dead, his mission is even more critical. There’s only one complication: the exquisite courtier who’s unexpectedly fallen under Tristan’s protection. Emma rouses his body and his soul. But after she learns that he’s a traitor, the fate of two nations hangs on her response. Tristan’s prepared to risk his life in exchange for hers. Will Emma do the same for the man she’s come to love?
Don’t miss these novels in the All the Queen’s Spies series:
And look for all of Sharon Cullen’s delightful historical romances:
This ebook includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Let's start off my saying 
that its been sometime since  I have read anything by this author so I was so glad to come across this title and reacquaint myself with her stories.I love reading historical romances but, as of late I have been trying out other gene's and authors but historical romances with always be a favorite of mine.
I have to say that I really enjoyed the story as it was a really a sweet romance that developed between Tristan and Emma and I am glad their unlikely paths crossed  for a reason.This couple were super sweet and cute together and I love how their new love developed slowly but, as it turned out really ended up being a healing bond for both of them.
I love Emma as she was sweet,kind,charming,caring clever,smart and for a noble not at all haughty or vain but down to earth.For all that Emma has gone through in her short life she has for the most part remained and innocent although not oblivious to the danger that surrounded her.
"I loved this about her. "
Tristan was a sweetheart and kind,compassionate, a bit lonely and one who had a few of his own past regrets that weighed him down.Tristan's compassionate nature helped heal Emma mentally and physically and it gave her a new lease on life and in turned healed his own battered heart just by loving him.
The story flowed nicely and it was nice to see a couple fall for one another in the mist of the chaos surrounding them as both of them had  loyalties to two different queens yet were perfect for one another.I loved the lengths Emma was willing to go to save the one she loved with no thought of the ramifications to her own safety and future.
I love when you can connect with the characters that you read about and I did just that.I loved Tristan and Emma from the onset of the story as you could not help it as they both were both loving and kind.
Overall I enjoyed the story and plot and the character's themselves.My only complaint is I personally don't like a story that doesn't tie up loose ends.I didn't like just how the story ended.Where was the Epilogue?For me there were so many unanswered questions left  like ...
Was Queen Mary involved in the plot to kill her husband?
Was Lord Bothwell part of a plot to murder Darnley or did he do the deed himself ?
And so forth.....
We can come to our own conclusions of what happened  but, the stories plot left more questions than answers and I do not like that.
This ended up to be the third book in this series and I will most definitely reading book one and two to get caught up. 
A nice historical romance to pass the time.
3.5 stars from us
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USA Today bestselling author, mom, wife, taxi driver, chef, mediator, housekeeper, friend and dog lover.

At the age of nine my lifelong ambition was to own a horse and write a book. I've published 19 books but have yet to own a horse. Three kids, one dog and one husband are enough for me right now.

My dream is to retire to St. Maarten, or some equivalent place with white sand and turquoise water. Hopefully that dream won't go the way of the horse.

If you want to talk about books, beaches or even horses, you can find me on Facebook as Sharon Cullen - Author, Instagram as SharonCullen, Twitter as @SharonCullen or contact me through my website, sharoncullen.net.



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text 2018-02-08 05:35
Ok Historical Fiction
A Queens Spy: The Tudor Mystery Trials -... A Queens Spy: The Tudor Mystery Trials - Sam Burnell

I loved the historical aspect to the story. The intrigue was great. I felt, though, the characters were a bit underdeveloped and flat. Like they were written and put into designated boxes..."this is the arrogant, callous lady's man", "this one is the underdog with a chip on his shoulder who has tendencies to be careless, impulsive and a bit of a blockhead", etc and the characters never strayed from the confines of their "boxes". In reality, people often put on "masks" to hide aspects of themselves they don't want others to see and make themselves vulnerable, but not matter how carefully constructed the "mask", the qualities the person would like to hide have a way of peeking through eventually. I did not see that with these characters, and for me, because the were so one-dimensional, it made it a bit harder to believe. I did not like how they were consistently assuming what the other was thinking, what was motivating the others, why they did what they did and jumping to conclusions. I find that irritating in real life, and just as irritating in a book. Had these things been rectified, I would have given it a higher rating. The books rates as high as it does by me simply because I loved the historical aspect of it.
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