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This hard-to-find paperback classic is up for auction at eBay in a lot of 10 books. Methinks the seller doesn't know what s/he has since it usually sells for well over $25. See item #130217216302. The bidding starts at $9.99 and shipping is free. If you can get all 10 books for under $20, it's a steal.
I think the hype on this book ruined it for me. It pulled me in instantly and then I thought it just got so OTT silly I couldn't understand why it has remained so sought after.
I know many haven't read it yet as it is so hard to find so I don't want to post spoilers, but one day in the future I'd LOVE to discuss this book in depth with those who read it. Maybe we can plan a chat room discussion sometime?
I'm not quite finished with this book yet. But I had to take a break after reading that the Duke of Norfolk assisted with Jane Seymour's afterbirth when she delivered Edward (VI). LOL! OMG, ROTFL!
I'm OK now. Overall, for a historical romance, I think it's pretty good. Better than most I've read. Most bore me silly.
But except for the fact that the story takes place in history, this isn't HF.
The story's main characters are fictional and the setting is Henry VIII's court. There are six parts to the book - each devoted to one of Henry's wives.
The portrayal of Anne Boleyn is OTT, as Marci says above. She's such a shrew, and Henry is such a victim (yeah, right!) that you actually can't wait until he lops off her head.
Jane Parker is portrayed as evil. No surprise here, but after reading Jane Boleyn by Julia Fox, I just don't buy it.
So, if you like a really good love story - which it is (at least so far as I've read) - and don't mind some tinkering with the history, I recommend the book. But if you prefer your books historically accurate, this one's a wallbanger.