Friday, June 8, 2012

Historical Fiction Book Tours Book Review: The Queen's Pleasure

Author: Brandy Purdy
Title: The Queen's Pleasure in UK A Court Affair
Publication Date: June 26, 2012
Publisher: Kensington Publishing
Review Copy Provided By: Historical Fiction Book Tours & the Publisher
Book Blurb: When young Robert Dudley, an earl's son, meets squire's daughter Amy Robsart, it is love at first sight. They marry despite parental misgivings, but their passion quickly fades, and the ambitious Dudley returns to court. Swept up in the turmoil of Tudor politics, Dudley is imprisoned in the Tower. Also a prisoner is Dudley's childhood playmate, the princess Elizabeth. In the shadow of the axe, their passion ignites. When Elizabeth becomes queen, rumours rage that Dudley means to free himself of Amy in order to wed her. And when Amy is found dead in unlikely circumstances, suspicion falls on Dudley - and the Queen...Still hotly debated amongst scholars - was Amy's death an accident, suicide, or murder? - the fascinating subject matter makes for an enthralling read for fans of historical fiction.

Review: I think Queen Elizabeth is one of the most fascinating royals. There's so much about her that makes you want to dive in and learn more. Brandy Purdy's books about the Tudors. Let's face it, that's one of the most intriguing periods in English history. Everyone wants to know about The Tudors!

There's a lot written about Elizabeth and Robert Dudley, but this book really brings the people and their relationships to life and Elizabeth definitely had some complex relationships. That's what Brandy Purdy explores here, and let's face it, we'll never really know what really transpired between the two.

If you are a fan of Phillipa Gregory or Jean Plaidy, you must read this book. If you are a fan of all things Tudor, you must read this book!

Rating:  5 flowers

About Brandy Purdy

Brandy Purdy (Emily Purdy in the UK) is the author of the historical novels THE CONFESSION OF PIERS GAVESTON, THE BOLEYN WIFE (THE TUDOR WIFE), THE TUDOR THRONE (MARY & ELIZABETH), and THE QUEEN'S PLEASURE (A COURT AFFAIR). An ardent book lover since early childhood, she first became interested in history at the age of nine or ten years old when she read a book of ghost stories which contained a chapter about Anne Boleyn haunting the Tower of London. Visit her website at, you can also follow her, and her cat Tabby, via her blog at or on Facebook as Brandy Purdy - Emily Purdy.


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