The Crown by Nancy Bilyeau is historical fiction with a healthy portion of mystery all wrapped up in a wonderful debut novel. It’s set during the time of Henry VIII, so you know it’s going to be full of intrigue – court, political and otherwise.
The main character, Joanna Stafford, is an educated nun with her own opinions and boy oh boy, she isn’t afraid to voice them! Nor does she always necessarily go the way of the church. I actually liked that about her – I get tired of reading about cookie cutter ‘perfect’ ladies who do what they are told without question. Joanna questions EVERYTHING! It makes her easy to relate to. And really, it brings so much more to the story. It was great to go on the roller coaster ride with her. There were so many twists and turns in this book. And I enjoyed every word of it.
I was surprised to learn that this is Nancy’s first novel. While reading it, I felt as though the author was well seasoned, with many novels under her belt. But, the research and wonderful writing style only made it seem that way. So much detail! I’m already looking forward to her next book.
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Nancy Bilyeau has worked on the staffs of Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and Good Housekeeping. Most recently, she served as deputy editor at InStyle magazine. Her screenplays have placed in several prominent industry competitions. Two scripts reached the semi-finalist round of the Nicholl Fellowships of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Her screenplay “Loving Marys” reached the finalist stage with Page International Screenwriting Awards and Scriptapalooza. A native of the Midwest, she earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. The Crown is her first novel, and she has finished writing the sequel to The Crown, which is called The Chalice.
Nancy Bilyeau’s Website: http://www.nancybilyeau.com
Nancy Bilyeau on Twitter: @TudorScribe
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