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Gareth Russell’s “Young and Damned and Fair”

For centuries, the six wives of Henry VIII have been the cause of obsessive speculation and endless research. These six women, Katherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard, and Catherine Parr have played the parts that history has assigned them.

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The Real Housewives of Ancient Rome: Phyllis T. Smith’s “The Daughters of Palatine Hill”

Title: The Daughters of Palatine Hill: A Novel Author: Phyllis T. Smith Publisher: Lake Union Publishing Copyright: February 16, 2016 ASIN: B012CU5RGC Format: E-Book, 412 Pages, $8.22 [Amazon Paperback], $1.99 [Kindle], $0.00 [KindleUnlimited], $1.99 [Audible], $8.67 [Barnes & Noble Paperback], $24.13 [Barnes & Noble Hardcover], $14.99 [Barnes & Noble Audiobook], $9.99 [Google Play], $9.95 [iBooks Audiobook]… Continue reading The Real Housewives of Ancient Rome: Phyllis T. Smith’s “The Daughters of Palatine Hill”

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On the Ascendant: Brandy Purdy’s “Two Empresses”

Two Empresses centers around two young women who are cousins, Marie Josèphe Rose Tascher de La Pagerie and Aimée du Buc de Rivéry, growing up in Martinique.

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13th Century Wales: Sarah Woodbury’s “Daughter of Time”

The story starts out in 1996 when Meg Lloyd, a single mother and widow learns that her abusive husband has died in a car crash. With horror, she mentally recounts the haunting scenes where she faced abuse at the hands of her cruel and unruly husband.

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Cleopatra’s Heiress: Libbie Hawker’s “Daughter of Sand and Stone”

Zenobia bat-Zabbai, the heroine of Daughter of Sand and Stone is no ordinary Palmyrene woman. Her father is Zabbai, the Great Chief of the Amlaqi tribe and her mother is Berenikë, a direct descendant of the legendary Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt.

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Green-Eyed Monster: Philippa Gregory’s “Three Sisters, Three Queens”

If you enjoy self-important princesses who are so full of themselves that they have little room for anything of substance, then this is your book. Whenever I hear that Philippa Gregory has released a book, I am as excited as a little kid during the Holiday season.

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A Queen Discarded: Alison Weir’s “Katherine of Aragon”

Catalina de Aragon is a fresh-faced, bright-eyed Spanish beauty who comes to the strange land of England to wed Arthur, Prince of Wales. The demure Spanish princess who thereafter is referred to as Katherine (in the English style) arrives in her new country amid great pomp and revelry.

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The Sixth Wife: Philippa Gregory’s “The Taming of the Queen”

The thirty-one-year-old Kateryn Parr is recently the widow of John Neville, 3rd Baron Latimer and she has come to the royal court. While there, she happens to catch the eye of the rather old and ailing corpulent King Henry VIII, who is determined to have her.