A king’s desire and a woman’s revenge form the plot of The Tudor Wife by Emily Purdy. This is another book for my Historical Fiction Reading Challenge and it was a book that I read very quickly. I would almost dub it a Tudor Mills and Boon. It had all the romance and titillating sexuality of the “penny dreadful” Mills and Boon books.
I had previously read, before my reading challenge, The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillippa Gregory and so the subject matter of the novel was familiar to me.
From the book jacket:
Shy, plain Lady Jane Parker feels out of place in Henry VIII’s courtly world of glamour and intrigue – until she meets the handsome George Boleyn. Overjoyed when her father arranges their marriage, her elation is abruptly cut short when she meets Anne. . .
George Boleyn is completely devoted to his sister: and as Annes’s cicle of admirers grows, so does Jane’s resentment. Becoming Henry’s queen makes Anne the most powerful woman in England; but it also makes her vulnerable, as the King is desperate for an heir. When he begins to tire of his mercurial wife, the stage is set for the ultimate betrayal.
This book is about ambition, and jealousy with a good measure of lust thrown in, a bit like “Days of Our Lives” or any other soap opera you can think of. Jane spends much of her time spying on the sexual escapades of other characters in the novel, in the end it proves to be to her detriment.
This novel would probably appeal to those who enjoy “light” historical fiction with the emphasis being on the fiction rather than the historical.