At the King’s Pleasure by Kate Emerson is my first read of the year. And wow, it’s going to be hard to top! I enjoyed it so much! If you read my Book Drunkard Favourite Reads of 2011 blog post, then you know I loved her last book, too.
The fourth book in her Secrets of the Tudor Court series, it is centered around a lesser known character in Henry VIII’s court, Anne Stafford, who is sister to the Duke of Buckingham. Each of the books in this series tells the tale of a secondary character and I think that is what hooked me in the first place. If you love Tudor novels, but are tired of the same old, grab one of Kate’s books and it will renew your interest simply because it’s a different point of view – and, you learn about someone you otherwise might not have ever heard of. I love how Anne was so strong. I don’t know if I would have been if I’d been put in some of the same situations. Boy, women didn’t have it easy back then.
Kate has really researched and mastered Tudor England history and it shows in At the King’s Pleasure. It’s a real treat to see it all unfold on the pages of this wonderful book. Everything about it really pulled me in and held me tight. One moment I’d be on page 150 and the next 250! It reads fast and is hard to put down. Who doesn’t love a book like that?!
I’m happy to be able to include a giveaway today. The most generous Kate has offered an autographed copy of At the King’s Pleasure to one of the readers of Book Drunkard – WORLDWIDE! To enter is simple – leave a comment on this post with your email address so I can contact you if you win. For another entry, comment on the guest post I posted from Kate yesterday. Contest ends on January 21st. Good luck!