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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

HF Virtual Book Tours Review and Giveaway: Inglorious Royal Marriages by Leslie Carroll

Title: Inglorious Royal Marriages: A Demi-Millennium of Unholy Mismatrimony
Author: Leslie Carroll
Format: Paperback
Publisher: NAL Trade
Publish Date: September 2, 2014
Source: HF Virtual Book Tours

What's the Story?:

From "It’s no secret that the marriages of monarchs are often made in hell. Here are some of the most spectacular mismatches in five hundred years of royal history....

In a world where many kings, queens, and princes lacked nothing but true love, marital mismatches could bring out the baddest, boldest behavior in the bluest of bloodlines. Margaret Tudor, her niece Mary I, and Catherine of Braganza were desperately in love with chronically unfaithful husbands, but at least they weren’t murdered by them, as were two of the Medici princesses were. King Charles II’s beautiful, high-spirited sister “Minette” wed Louis XIV’s younger brother, who wore more makeup and perfume than she did. Forced to wed her boring, jug-eared cousin Ferdinand, Marie of Roumania—a granddaughter of Queen Victoria—proved herself one of the heroines of World War I by using her prodigious personal charm to regain massive amounts of land during the peace talks at Versailles.

Brimming with outrageous real-life stories of royal marriages gone wrong, this is an entertaining, unforgettable book of dubious matches doomed from the start."

My Two Cents:

 "Inglorious Marriages" is the new release by wonderful author, Leslie Carroll. I always look forward to her releases but I was especially excited about this book because the subject seemed so fascinating to me and I was very happy to be proven correct. In this book, we see that the truth is sometimes stranger and more fabulous than fiction. The author uses this book in order to tackle some of the strangest, most interesting, most memorable, and craziest marriages of royalty throughout time. Some of the stories I was more familiar with than others but I enjoyed both revisiting and learning about new stories. This book makes for very entertaining nonfiction.

It's definitely the writing of the book that makes this book special. Carroll definitely has a gift for words and is able to breathe new life into some great stories from from history. I also really liked the way that Carroll was able to make this book incredibly entertaining. If you think that all history books are boring, this book will definitely show you otherwise.

Even though some of the stories were not new to me, I loved reading Carroll's take on the stories. Each chapter focuses on a new couple and each story is filled with fantastic love stories and a whole lot of drama!  I always like when I can learn something from a book. Overall, if you're interested in reading about royal marriages that you will be very happy that you never had to live through, then read this book. It will definitely make you thankful for your own situation!


One lucky winner will win one paperback copy, open to US residents only.

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Follow the Rest of the Tour:

Monday, September 1
Review at Flashlight Commentary
Tuesday, September 2
Review at Book Lovers Paradise
Interview at Scandalous Women
Wednesday, September 3
Guest Post & Giveaway at Historical Tapestry
Thursday, September 4
Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past
Friday, September 5
Review at So Many Books, So Little Time
Monday, September 8
Review & Giveaway at Bibliophilia, Please
Tuesday, September 9
Review at Oh, For the Hook of a Book
Spotlight at Princess of Eboli
Thursday, September 11
Review at The Lit Bitch
Spotlight & Giveaway at Historical Fiction Connection
Friday, September 12
Interview at Oh, For the Hook of a Book
Monday, September 15
Guest Post & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books
Tuesday, September 16
Spotlight & Giveaway at Reading Lark
Wednesday, September 17
Review & Giveaway at A Bookish Affair
Saturday, September 20
Review at WTF Are You Reading?
Tuesday, September 23
Review & Giveaway at The Maiden’s Court
Wednesday, September 24
Review & Giveaway at Broken Teepee
Review & Giveaway at To Read or Not to Read
Thursday, September 25
Review at Bookish
Review at Historical Fiction Obsession
Friday, September 26
Review at The Musings of ALMYBNENR
Review & Giveaway at The True Book Addict
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  1. Inside scoop of royal marriages sounds perfect for me.

  2. Sounds fantastic! Love reading about the Royals!

  3. The book sounds like an exciting and interesting read. I would really enjoy reading this book. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  4. This sounds like a great 'companion' book for those of us who enjoy historical fiction revolving around the 'royals'. Thanks for the chance to win it!

  5. Even though the stories are fascinating it's hard to not feel sorry for the people trapped in these political marriages. Still, I do want to read the stories, Thanks

  6. I have added this book to my TBR list. Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. No matter how rich or blessed you are, you cannot buy peace love or happiness. Please enter me.


  8. This sounds like a great read!


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