East of the sun is more than a song

I have managed, this month, to get a historical fiction book read well before the month is over.  I was slack last month and only read one historical fiction book during the month.  I aim to do better this month for my Historical Fiction Reading Challenge. The book East of the Sun certainly fits into…

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned

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…

The third J is for Jenny . . .

This Jenny refers to Jenny Kee  and her autobiography A Big Life. I was going to start my review of this book by saying that here is a woman who is not going to die wondering what she could have done, she has gone ahead and done it.  She appears to have had an extremely…

The second J is Joanna, for Joanna Lumley

This is a book I borrowed from the library as it caught my eye on the display shelf. I think I first remember Joanna Lumley as Purdey in the New Avengers. Of course she is more noted recently for her role as Patsy Stone in Absolutely Fabulous and for her work in gaining rights for…

Joan, Joanna and Jenny, they just all happened to start with J

I have been reading a few biographies recently and purely by chance they have all started with the letter J.  Joan is the one I have decided on for today. It wasn’t actually a biography it was a historical fiction novel. This Joan is Joan of Arc and she is the main character in The Maid…

Robert, Edward, William and sundry

I haven’t done much historical fiction reading this month, I have been reading other genres. This novel is definitely one for my Historical Fiction Reading Challenge. This novel is set in Scotland at the turn of the 14th Century, the time of Edward I, the story being about Robert the Bruce.   Renegade by Robyn Young is…