Perfect for fans of Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir, The Virgin's Daughter is the first book in a captivating new saga about the next generation of Tudor royals, which poses the thrilling question: What if Elizabeth I, the celebrated Virgin Queen, gave birth to a legitimate heir?
Since the death of her brother, William, Elizabeth I has ruled England. She's made the necessary alliances, married Philip of Spain, and produced a successor: her only daughter, Anne Isabella, Princess of Wales. Elizabeth knows that her beloved Anabel will be a political pawn across Europe unless she can convince Philip to grant her a divorce, freeing him to remarry and give Spain its own heir. But the enemies of England have even greater plans for the princess, a plot that will put Anabel's very life and the security of the nation in peril.
Only those closest to Elizabeth - her longtime confidante, Minuette; her advisor and friend, Dominic; and the couple's grown children - can be trusted to carry forth a most delicate and dangerous mission. Yet all of the queen's maneuverings may ultimately prove her undoing.
©2015 Laura Andersen (P)2015 Audible Inc.
What if Elizabeth I had produced an heir? How would the course of history have changed? In this compelling glimpse into Elizabeth's life and those of the people closest to her, we are treated to a well-crafted fictionalized version of history that is liberally peppered by actual facts. Both real and imagined historical characters are brought to life by really good narration/storytelling. The reader has a very pleasing voice and creates clear personalities for each of the players in a high-stakes royal game of intrigue and politics. I found myself lost in this thoroughly enjoyable tale--which is, of course, what good storytelling should do. Looking forward to hearing the rest of this series.
I love books about history and thrillers/suspense.
This was a very nice continuation of the Boleyn books. I was hoping for a more devastating secret from Nicola. The fact that he was screwing Julian's first love was a let down, of sorts. I was expecting something to the effect of Julian was Felix's real father. I DO like the fact that Mary Stuart is in play again. I can only imagine how upset Queen Elizabeth will be when the details of the plot come to light. Here's hoping for another book!!
Yes, I really enjoyed the book and recommended it to my sister who has read the Boleyn series after me. We really enjoy the Laura Andersen's writing.
I don't want to give anything away but things get heated between two of the main characters and it left me laughing at the scandal.
She did do a great job giving the characters appropriate accents which helped differentiate between them but I preferred the narrator from Laura's last series.
Oh I would hope it was a television series I would have fun with that. I have no clue what the tag line would be.... I would need to think about it.
There's a lot of characters and the reader only has one male and one female voice to spread among them all.
No this is just an alternative history that isn't very well written. Will give others a chance.
A second voice actor would help a lot and give some variety.
Although a good effort was made, the narrator was unable to switch characters efficiently. Some of the male voices were just horrible.
Please please stick with Simon Vance.
A better story line; it's appropriate for teenagers and the narrator made it worst.
I don't know but I'll never select this author or narrator.
A better story line.
None at all. It just made me very frustrated while listening to it.
Load of old cobblers is an old phrase which springs to mind. I suppose the story might be passable, but I would rather have bitten my own arm off than finish the book. The narrator has the high, arch, received English of an ex-pat or more likely of an American trying to sound English. She just came across as a worthy schoolmarm who spoke slowly in case we didn't understand her. Some mispronounciations lead me to think American, because no matter how long you're away from your home country you wouldn't forget the names of places... yah de yah de yah... as you can see... I was irritated mightily. The story was based on the 'alternative universe' supposition that Eliz.1 had married the Spanish Emporer and had a daughter.... a bit of a silly thread really when so much is known about the real Eliz.
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