Once again, Weir has captured our attention with exceptional historical facts woven with fiction! As in The Lady in the Tower & A Dangerous Inheritance, The Marriage Game, etc., this is a gripping novel, taking us back in time with facts and her uncanny ability to make the reader get lost in the lives of these people, as though we are a fly on the wall! I've listened to this book 3 times! (I tend to do that with great books).
Read in February, 2012
Interesting glimpse at the pre-queen life of Elizabeth I. However, it is obvious Weir is a historian/nonfiction writer, not a novelist. The book suffers from too many info-dumps and too much head-hopping/too little focus on the character through whose eyes everything should have been witnessed: ELIZABETH.
Fan of mystery & romance -- particularly of historical persuasion!"
I have enjoyed several Alison Weir novels about the wives and daughters of King Henry VIII but this was one of my favorites. Love the narration by Rosalyn Landor, as well!
A busy Mum and Accountant. Listen to books while driving to work or sunbathing is my guilty pleasure.
The story moved at a good pace, the story was interesting and while being educational.
All were great.
She is a very good performer, making sure all the characters had their own personality.
The story held my attention, however Weir may be stretching things here. History says Elizabeth was not chaste, but a still born? Be that as it may this one is worth the $$ and as usual Weir has done in depth reasearch to validate her story line.
I really enjoyed this book. It is always fun to listen to a story that has really well researched historical facts turned into fiction. Alison Weir is one of the best at this. Rosalyn Landor, as usual, did an excellent job with the narration. She is one of my favorites.
The book was engrossing and left me wanting more. I hope Alison Weir is busy writing about Queen Elizabeth. Excellent narration.
I loved every single moment of this story and in fact tried to slow my reading down so I could savor it a bit more. I actually hit this book by accident thinking it was a different author and learned a few chapters in that it was Alison Weir. Couldn't have been happier. I loved the fact that she stayed pretty spot on to actual facts, while giving us a plausible scenario of how things may have played out. My only fear is that I loved this so much, I hope her other books can live up to my, now high, expectations.