The Queen’s Governess

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Berkley #ad - Plunged into a treacherous game of shifting alliances, Kat is entrusted by Anne Boleyn to protect her daughter, Elizabeth. In the face of exile, imprisonment, and a romantic flirtation that could cost the young princess dearly, Kat will risk everything-even her own secret love-for her bright, assassination attempts, clever Elizabeth.

Cromwell secures for Kat a place in the royal court, but as a reluctant spy. The national bestselling author of Mistress Shakespeare delivers the epic tale of Elizabeth I's most trusted companion-a commoner who lived among royals. Katherine ashley, beguiling daughter of a poor country beekeeper, the clever, catches the attention of powerful, ambitious Thomas Cromwell-henchman for King Henry VIII.

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The First Princess of Wales: A Novel

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Broadway Books #ad - When the lovely and high-spirited Joan of Kent is sent to this politically charged court, she is woefully unprepared for the underhanded maneuverings of her peers. Determined to increase the breadth of his rule, the king will use any means necessary to gain control of France—including manipulating his own son, Edward, Prince of Wales.

But what begins as a calculated strategy soon—to Joan’s surprise—grows into love. The daughter of a disgraced earl, she matched wits with a prince. It is the fourteenth century, the height of the Medieval Age, and at the court of King Edward III of England, chivalry is loudly praised while treachery runs rampant.

The First Princess of Wales: A Novel #ad - Karen harper’s compelling, fast-paced novel tells the riveting tale of an innocent girl who marries a prince and gives birth to a king. Joan plots to become involved with the prince to scandalize the royal family, for she has learned they engineered her father’s downfall and death. When joan learns that edward returns her feelings, court intrigue, for how can she love the man that ruined her family? And, she is soon fighting her own, The First Princess of Wales has at its center a wonderful love story, if she does, and prominent figures of the Medieval Age, what will be the cost?Filled with scandal, which is all the more remarkable because it is true.

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The It Girls: A Novel

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William Morrow Paperbacks #ad - The other overtook Hollywood and scandalized the world. But although she writes of passion, the true love she longs for eludes her. But despite quarrels and misunderstandings, distance and destiny, friends, there is no bond stronger than that of the two sisters—confidants, rivals and the two “It Girls” of their day.

Elinor’s novels titillate readers, and it’s even asked in polite drawing rooms if you would like to “sin with Elinor Glyn?” Her work pushes the boundaries of what’s acceptable; her foray into the glittering new world of Hollywood turns her into a world-wide phenomenon. And when she married Sir Cosmo Duff-Gordon her life seemed to be a fairy tale.

The It Girls: A Novel #ad - But success came at many costs—to her marriage and to her children. And then came the fateful night of April 14, 1912 and the scandal that followed. Elinor and lucy sutherland are at once each other’s fiercest supporters and most vicious critics. Lucy transformed herself into Lucile, the daring fashion designer who revolutionized the industry with her flirtatious gowns and brazen self-promotion.

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The Irish Princess

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Berkley #ad - Born into a first family of ireland, the earl of kildare, Elizabeth Fitzgerald-known as Gera-finds her world overturned when Henry VIII imprisons her father, with royal ties on both sides, and brutally destroys her family. A grand-scale historical novel from the national bestselling author of Mistress Shakespeare.

The Irish Princess #ad - Torn from the home she loves, her remaining family scattered, Gera dares not deny the refuge offered her in England's glittering royal court. There she must navigate ever-shifting alliances even as she nurtures her secret desire for revenge. From county kildare's lush green fields to london's rough-and-tumble streets and the royal court's luxurious pageantry, The Irish Princess follows the journey of a daring woman whose will cannot be tamed, and who won't be satisfied until she restores her family to its rightful place in Ireland.

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Mistress Shakespeare

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Berkley #ad - Here, anne whateley takes up her pen to tell the intimate story of her daring life with Will. Spanning half a century of elizabethan and Jacobean history, and sweeping from the lowest reaches of society to the royal court, this richly textured novel tells the real story of Shakespeare in love. Obliged to acknowledge will's publicly sanctioned marriage, where they honor their secret union, Anne Whateley nevertheless follows him from rural Stratford-Upon-Avon to teeming London, the coming together of two passionate souls.

A bold and intriguing novel about the woman who was William Shakespeare's secret wife, by the national bestselling author. Persecution and plague, insurrection and inferno, friends and foes all play parts in Anne's lively tale. As historical records show, anne whateley of Temple Grafton was betrothed to William Shakespeare just days before he was forced to wed the pregnant Anne Hathaway.

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The Royal Nanny: A Novel

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William Morrow Paperbacks #ad - Lala knows only that these children, and the four who swiftly follow, need her steadfast loyalty and unconditional affection. But the greatest impact on charlotte’s life is made by a mere bud on the family tree: a misunderstood soul who will one day be known as the Lost Prince. So begins the unforgettable story of Charlotte Bill, who would care for a generation of royals as their parents never could.

Neither charlotte—lala, as her charges dub her—nor anyone else can predict that eldest sons David and Bertie will each one day be king. Based on a seldom-told true story, this novel is perfect for everyone who is fascinated by Britain’s royal family—a behind the scenes look into the nurseries of little princes and the foibles of big princes.

The Royal Nanny: A Novel #ad - April, 1897: a young nanny arrives at Sandringham, ancestral estate of the Duke and Duchess of York. The royal nanny is a seamless blend of fact and fiction—an intensely intimate, continents, yet epic tale spanning decades, and divides that only love can cross. Young prince john needs all of lala’s love—the kind of love his parents won’t…or can’t…show him.

From britain’s old wealth to the glittering excesses of Tsarist Russia; from country cottages to royal yachts, and from nursery to ballroom, Charlotte Bill witnesses history. She is excited, exhausted—and about to meet royalty.

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The Last Boleyn: A Novel

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Broadway Books #ad - She survived her own innocence, through the eyes of the eldest daughter, and the treachery of Europe’s royal courts; The Last Boleyn is the story of the rise and fall of the Boleyns, one of England’s most powerful families, Mary. Although her sister, george, are most remembered by history, mary was the boleyn who set into motion the chain of events that brought about the family’s meteoric rise to power, executed alongside Anne; and her father, Thomas, the queen; her brother, Anne, as well as the one who managed to escape their equally remarkable fall.

As she grows into a woman, mary must navigate both the dangerous waters ruled by two kings and the powerful will of her own family in order to find a place for herself and the love she so deeply desires. Sent away to france at an extraordinarily young age, where everything is beautiful but deceptive, Mary is quickly plunged into the dangerous world of court politics, and everyone she meets is watching and quietly manipulating the events and people around them.

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American Duchess: A Novel of Consuelo Vanderbilt

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William Morrow Paperbacks #ad - Massive crowds surge forward, awaiting their glimpse of heiress Consuelo Vanderbilt. Bullied into the wedding by her indomitable mother, Alva, Consuelo loves another. Just 18, but in tears, the beautiful bride has not only arrived late, yet her marriage to the aloof Duke of Marlborough proceeds.  . But a deal was made, and consuelo, bred to obey, trading some of the vast Vanderbilt wealth for a title and prestige, realizes she must make the best of things.

At blenheim palace, consuelo is confronted with an overwhelming list of duties, including producing an “heir and a spare, ” but her relationship with the duke quickly disintegrates. Consuelo finds an inner strength, charming everyone from debutantes to diplomats including Winston Churchill, as she fights for women’s suffrage.

Before there was meghan Markle, there was Consuelo Vanderbilt, the original American Duchess. Perfect for readers of Jennifer Robson and lovers of Downton Abbey. Karen harper tells the tale of consuelo vanderbilt, her “The Wedding of the Century” to the Duke of Marlborough, and her quest to find meaning behind “the glitter and the gold.

American Duchess: A Novel of Consuelo Vanderbilt #ad - On a cold november day in 1895, a carriage approaches St Thomas Episcopal Church on New York City’s Fifth Avenue. And when she takes a scandalous leap, to the battles of the second World War, can she hope to attain love at last…?From the dawning of the opulent Gilded Age, American Duchess is a riveting tale of one woman’s quest to attain independence—at any price.

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Mistress of Mourning: A Novel

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Berkley #ad - And as she works under the watchful eye of handsome Nicholas Sutton, an ambitious assistant to the royals,  she develops feelings of quite a different nature. Then news comes from wales of the unexpected death of newly married Prince Arthur, the queen’s eldest child and heir to the throne. Deeply grieving, as reported, elizabeth suspects that Arthur did not die of a sudden illness, but was actually murdered by her husband’s enemies.

This time her task for varina and Nicholas is of vital importance--travel into the Welsh wilderness to investigate the prince’s death. But as the couple unearths one unsettling clue after another, they begin to fear that the conspiracy they’re confronting is far more ambitious and treacherous than even the queen imagined.

Mistress of Mourning: A Novel #ad - And it aims to utterly destroy the Tudor dynasty. In a gripping historical novel of suspense and romance from the national bestselling author of The Queen's Governess, two women fight to defeat the enemies of the precarious Tudor monarchy by uncovering the secrets of the dead. London, 1501. In a time of political unrest, the princes of the tower, wife of henry vii--carve wax figures of four dead children, agrees to perform a clandestine service for Queen Elizabeth of York, Varina Westcott,  two of her offspring lost in infancy and her two brothers, a young widow and candle maker for court and church, whose mysterious disappearance years ago has never been solved.

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The Queene's Cure: An Elizabeth I Mystery

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Dell #ad - She knows she has no trusted allies in Peter Pascal and John Caius, ardent Papist sympathizers with long-standing grievances against the Tudors. The queene’s cure transports us into the shadowy world of sixteenth-century medicine, as an enlightened young queen seeks the cures that could heal a realm and transform a land.

. With the help of her privy plot council and an intriguing healer whose curative arts are at odds with the dangerous Royal College, Elizabeth resolves to unmask a murderer who wears a false face and is beset by the vilest humours of the soul. Yet even the stalwart queen is shaken when a frighteningly lifelike effigy of herself ravaged by pox turns up in her royal coach.

. Karen harper’s crowd-pleasing elizabeth I Mystery series, continues with this marvelous, hailed as “extraordinary” by the Los Angeles Times, majestic novel. Ten days later, handsome lord robert dudley by her side, with loyal, the queen leads her retinue to London’s Royal College of Physicians to enlist two learned doctors in the raging battle against disease and pestilence.

The Queene's Cure: An Elizabeth I Mystery #ad - Elizabeth’s fear that the counterfeit corpse is a harbinger of impending tragedy comes to fruition when ever more terrifying transgressions penetrate the very heart of her royal precincts. Racing to a chilling climax where ordinary men play God and where Elizabeth Tudor could meet the same fate as her mother, Anne Boleyn, this is a gripping and captivating story of an indomitable young monarch.

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