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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

HF Virtual Book Tours Review: Queen Elizabeth's Daughter by Anne Clinard Barnhill

Title: Queen Elizabeth's Daughter
Author: Anne Clinard Barnhill
Format: Paperback
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publish Date: March 18, 2014
Source: HF Virtual Book Tours

Why You're Reading This Book:

  • You're a historical fiction fan.
What's the Story?:

From "Mistress Mary Shelton is Queen Elizabeth’s favorite ward, enjoying every privilege the position affords. The queen loves Mary like a daughter, and, like any good mother, she wants her to make a powerful match. The most likely prospect: Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford. But while Oxford seems to be everything the queen admires: clever, polished and wealthy, Mary knows him to be lecherous, cruel, and full of treachery. No matter how hard the queen tries to push her into his arms, Mary refuses.

Instead, Mary falls in love with a man who is completely unsuitable. Sir John Skydemore is a minor knight with little money, a widower with five children. Worst of all, he’s a Catholic at a time when Catholic plots against Elizabeth are rampant. The queen forbids Mary to wed the man she loves. When the young woman, who is the queen’s own flesh and blood, defies her, the couple finds their very lives in danger as Elizabeth’s wrath knows no bounds."

My Two Cents:

"Queen Elizabeth's Daughter" is the story of Mary Shelton, a young woman who is a cousin of the infamous queen. She is also the ward of the Queen and she is treated more like a daughter than a mere ward. In this book, we get to see a very different side of Queen Elizabeth than we get to see in a lot of other books, which I found very cool. Queen Elizabeth is absolutely fascinating to me and I just cannot get enough of reading about her. I really enjoyed this story!

I always love learning something when I'm reading. Fiction or non-fiction, I love when a book can teach me something new or allow me to see something in a different light. I really got that from this book. I didn't know that Queen Elizabeth had a ward like Mary. I liked that we got to see Queen Elizabeth acting motherly, which is not something you really get to see. She has a heavy involvement in what Mary does with her life and how she conducts herself.

I found this to be a really fast read. I think part of the reason is that I really enjoyed the characters. Queen Elizabeth is just absolutely amazing and Mary is not too shabby herself. She is very loving towards the Queen but she also has a bit of a headstrong side, not unlike the Queen herself. I really liked her in this book.

The book has a strong flavor of forbidden love. It was interesting to see the juxtaposition between Queen Elizabeth, who was definitely well-versed in the ways of forbidden love, and Mary, who was just getting her first taste.

Overall, this was a great choice of book for me and was filled with really great characters!

Follow the Rest of the Tour:

Monday, March 10
Review at Words and Peace
Review & Giveaway at Peeking Between the Pages
Wednesday, March 12
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Review at CelticLady’s Reviews
Thursday, March 13
Review at Book Lovers Paradise
Friday, March 14
Review at The Lit Bitch
Monday, March 17
Feature & Giveaway at Passages to the Past
Tuesday, March 18
Spotlight & Interview at Flashlight Commentary
Wednesday, March 19
Review at One Book at a Time
Thursday, March 20
Review at Book-alicious Mama
Friday, March 21
Review at So Many Books, So Little Time
Monday, March 24
Review at She is Too Fond of Books
Tuesday, March 25
Review at Oh, For the Hook of a Book
Wednesday, March 26
Interview at Oh, For the Hook of a Book
Thursday, March 27
Review at Book of Secrets
Friday, March 28
Review at Scandalous Women
Monday, March 31
Review at HF Book Muse – News
Review & Giveaway at WTF Are You Reading?
Tuesday, April 1
Interview at HF Book Muse – News
Thursday, April 3
Review at Books in the Burbs
Friday, April 4
Review at The True Book Addict
Review at Griperang’s Bookmarks
Monday, April 7
Review at Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Tuesday, April 8
Review at A Bookish Affair
Wednesday, April 9
Interview & Giveaway at A Bookish Affair
Thursday, April 10
Review at The Most Happy Reader
Friday, April 11
Review at Silver’s Reviews
Review at The Musings of ALMYBNENR
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