The Secret Keeper

The Secret Keeper

A Novel of Kateryn Parr

Book - 2012
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As Juliana accompanies Kateryn Parr to court, Henry's devout sixth queen raises the stakes for all reformers. Support of firebrand Anne Askew puts the queen and her ladies in life-threatening jeopardy, as does the queen's desire to influence her husband's--and the realm's--direction and beliefs. Later, without Henry's strong arm, the court devolves to competition, duplicity, and betrayal. The risks could not be higher as Juliana must choose between love and honor, personal fulfillment and sacrifice. Ultimately, her course is driven by a final kept secret, one that undoes everything she thought she knew.
Publisher: New York : Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2012.
ISBN: 9781439183144
Branch Call Number: BYRD
Characteristics: 331 pages ; 22 cm.

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BlueHippo
Jul 27, 2015

I read a lot of historical fiction. This was the first book I had read by this author. I found the book rather slow and boring, although some of the historical details were well done. I found the author's writing style rather childish. Way too much effort put into trying to make people sound like the way she thought someone in the 1500's would speak. It was distracting and unnecessary. At the end of the book is an interview with the author-apparently she is available to give advice to people who want to pursue a writing career. My suggestion would be for her to read Ken Follett or Edward Rutherfurd, or Philippa Gregory and get some advice on her own writing skills first.

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BlueHippo
Jul 27, 2015

I read a lot of historical fiction. This was the first book I had read by this author. I found the book rather slow and boring, although some of the historical details were well done. I found the author's writing style rather childish. Way too much effort put into trying to make people sound like the way she thought someone in the 1500's would speak. It was distracting and unnecessary. At the end of the book is an interview with the author-apparently she is available to give advice to people who want to pursue a writing career. My suggestion would be for her to read Ken Follett or Edward Rutherfurd, or Philippa Gregory and get some advice on her own writing skills first.

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