A wonderfully written, difficult read that captures the times and genre beautifully. I’ve studied this time period and read about King Henry VIII but never focused on Katheryn Howard as a person before. This well structured novel, and the author’s first, shows she has a great compassion and understanding for those whose lives she’s exposing to the world (graphically) but also for the reader. She published a censored version for those of certain sensitities. I’ll be reading it over and over again…it’s that compelling. Historically accurate there is no changing the tragic ending, but the journey there is compelling enough to keep you reading.
It’s more like a Tudor version of fifty shades of grey with a much better plot. It is a very real description of a girl who finds herself to be the Queen of England. What I enjoyed most was that her story is told from the heart and explains Katheryn’s feelings and why she ended up being promiscuous, which was the ultimate reason that she was executed. The author pulls the reader in and describes everything explicitly and though it is both disturbing and sexually stimulating, the reader is allowed a glimpse to understand most every character in the story. The end, which is from the chapter about the Gentlewomen’s chamber on, is historical and blends perfectly with the torrid childhood created by the author. I loved Dignity and would recommend it highly to anyone who is open to read a very well described and realistic tragedy.
Tragedies are never an easy read, but well written books as this is are excellent reads. The sexual content befits the times, the characters involved, and the setting. The characters draw you into their story and hold you there…and make you hope against hope for a different outcome.
This review is from: Rose of Gwynedd: The Noble Tribes of Wales (Volume 1) (Paperback)
There should be a unique, new genre invented in order to attempt to classify her writing. Perhaps something like this: history-tales-with-an-erotic-scent. While arousing to some readers, others may find it quite unexpected within the framework of a historical genre, and therefore, perhaps off-putting. So a word of caution to you: beware… Starting with the very first page, you will find a vivid, sensual description of the act of love: “All through the day they’d played much as they always had; yet on this day, something was different. It was a quickened vibrancy, an intense yearning, and a hunger that neither of them had ever realised previously…”
This review is from: The Trap – Emancipation (Kindle Edition)
This engaging first novel presents a faithful picture of Southern life in the 1960s, at the height of the civil rights struggle. Anyone who has ever lived in the Southeast, or visited there, will recognize the truth of these characters and the artistry with which they are brought to life in this lively story. Headrick has mastered the dialects of two Southern groups, and he manages to make both dialects understandable through good writing and clever clues to meaning.The novel strongly enlists the reader’s interest, as it follows the exploits of a young part-black boy, Jesop Arnaud, and an adorable mouse, Jim, sent to him by his psychic great-grandmother, a Cajun practitioner of good Voodoo…