The Queen's Rival by Diane Haeger

Title: The Queen's Rival: In the Court of Henry VIII
Author: Diane Haeger
Publisher: New American Library
Publication Date: March 1, 2011
paperback, 416 pages
ISBN: 0451232208 (ISBN13: 9780451232205)

Summary: As the beautiful daughter of courtiers, Elizabeth "Bessie" Blount is overjoyed when she secures a position as maid of honor to Katherine of Aragon. But when she captures the attention of the king himself, there are whispers that the queen ought to be worried for her throne. 
When Bess gives birth to a healthy son the whispers become a roar. But soon the infamous Boleyn girls come to court and Henry's love for her begins to fade. Now, Bess must turn to her trusted friend, the illegitimate son of Cardinal Wolsey, to help her move beyond life as the queen's rival...

Diane Haeger has written several historical fiction books but this is the first one I've read by her.  I really liked this book so it's safe to say I will be reading more by her in the future. Especially since she writes about my favorite time in history. The story focuses on  Elizabeth(Bess) Blount. Elizabeth comes to the court of Henry the VIII as a young, inexperienced girl from the country. She's grown up fantasizing about court life and about the King of England. She has to learn that things are not always as they seem at court. I really liked seeing her character grow throughout this novel. Bess falls in love with the King of England. Haegar described him exactly as the young King is described in the history novels. It seems any girl couldn't help but be attracted to the young, active, charming man. The attraction between Elizabeth and Henry VIII is so romantic. My heart broke for them at times. This story was very interesting and entertaining.  I love how the author brought history to life with this story. The descriptions on court life, the beautiful gowns, and the intrigues were fantastic. In truth, I did not want this story to end. Overall I really liked this story. I definitely want to read more by this author. 
Find out more about Diane Haeger @ website | Goodreads 

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  1. And another one I will have to read! Thanks for the review Marcie!

  2. I've seen a few good reviews of this one -- Haeger is new to me but clearly someone to watch out for!

  3. Kelsey and Audra, Haeger is new to me too, although she has written several HF novels. I really enjoyed this one. I will definitely read more by her in the future.


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