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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Confession of Katherine Howard By Suzannah Dunn: Book Review and Contest

The Confession of Katherine Howard
By: Suzannah Dunn
ISBN: 978-0-06-201147-3
Release Date: April 5, 2011
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Description: ‘When twelve-year-old Katherine Howard comes to live in the Duchess of Norfolk's household, poor relation Cat Tilney is deeply suspicious of her. The two girls couldn't be more different: Cat, watchful and ambitious; Katherine, interested only in clothes and boys. Their companions are in thrall to Katherine, but it's Cat in whom Katherine confides and, despite herself, Cat is drawn to her. Summoned to court at seventeen, Katherine leaves Cat in the company of her ex-lover, Francis, and the two begin their own, much more serious, love affair. Within months, the king has set aside his Dutch wife Anne for Katherine. The future seems assured for the new queen and her maid-in-waiting, although Cat would feel more confident if Katherine hadn't embarked on an affair with one of the king's favoured attendants, Thomas Culpeper. However, for a blissful year and a half, it seems that Katherine can have everything she wants. But then allegations are made about her girlhood love affairs. Desperately frightened, Katherine recounts a version of events which implicates Francis but which Cat knows to be a lie. With Francis in the Tower, Cat alone knows the whole truth of Queen Katherine Howard - but if she tells, Katherine will die

The Good Stuff
  • Beautifully descriptive
  • historically accurate descriptions of the daily lives of the aristocratic young women in Howards life
  • Unusual way of dealing with the story of K(C)atherine Howard
  • Some great dry humour
  • enjoyed the descriptions of Katherine's early life at the duchess' estate
The Not so Good Stuff
  • It's uneven in terms of characters motivations and actions
  • A little dull
  • I have read many books on Katherine Howard and this one just isn't as compelling, I have read other books by Suannah and she is a good novelist, this just isn't my fav
  • Just didn't by the friendship between the two girls
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"No wonder Katherine did as she did, I realized: this was how she lived her whole life, swanning around like this, garnering people's interest."

"I realized that Kate had never intended any harm. She just hadn't thought; she never did. She was a girl who couldn't help but turn heads, she was a girl of no ambition who'd become queen."

What I Learned

  • Really sucked to be in Katherine Howard's retinue
  • Sucked even worse to be Katherine Howard, the poor thing never had a chance
Who should/shouldn't read
  • Those who are looking for a glance into the lives of young women during the reign of Henry VIII
  • A not bad introduction into Katherine Howard, that will hopefully lead to further reading
3 Dewey's

I received this from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review - really wanted to like it more since I have read previous works by Suzannah and enjoyed them

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  1. I love historical fiction and historical romance, but have never read anything quite like this book. I would definitely love a free copy to expand my reading :-)

  2. Oh, I love historicial fiction especially ones set around Henry VIII and I've had this one my GR wishlist!

  3. I want to expand my reading past the horror and scifi genre.