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Product Details

  • Paperback: 323 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (October 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425217329
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425217320
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,066,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this uneven first-person overview of Elizabeth Tudor's rise to power, Ashley (who also writes Regency mysteries as Ashley Gardner) chooses the unlikely perspective of Eloise Rousell, Elizabeth's faithful seamstress and confidante. Elizabeth and Eloise meet thanks to Elizabeth's governess, Eloise's "Aunt Kat," and Eloise is soon a demure eyewitness to Elizabeth's early problems with Lord Thomas Seymour, whom Catherine Parr marries after King Henry's death. Seymour's later executed for treason. After Elizabeth's young brother King Edward dies, more conflicts arise, significantly so after Lady Jane Grey's execution and Queen Mary's coronation. It's moderately intense, though Queen Elizabeth's controversial affair with the scandalous Robert Dudley is quickly glossed over. Also, the sweet, sudden romance between Eloise and Elizabeth's spy, James Colby, feels contrived, as does the couple's role in persuading Elizabeth to forego marriage to Robert. Though Eloise is nice enough, her wide-eyed take makes for an underdeveloped portrait of the Virgin Queen and the treacherous Tudors.
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About the Author

Jennifer Ashley's romances have been nominated for many awards, and her Regency mystery series won the Romantic Times Award for Best Historical Mystery of 2005. She's lived and traveled all over the world, and now lives in the Southwest with her husband and cat.

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Kept me interested, but not riveted.
R. Boadway
It's not a great novel, but it is certainly a good one, and well worth the trouble to seek out if you enjoy historical settings.
Rebecca Huston
Elizabeth didn't go to the tower until AFTER Queen Mary had married.
Kimberly A. Linder

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By LCW VINE VOICE on January 20, 2008
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Told through the eye's of Eloise, Elizabeth's seamstress and confidante, this is a somewhat lukewarm telling of Elizabeth's road to be Queen. It begins with the death of her father, Henry VIII, and ends somewhere around her 30th year after she has cooled things off considerable with Robert Dudley.

During the turbulent years of the reign of "Bloody Mary", Eloise doubles as Elizabeth's spy by gathering information for Elizabeth while she is Mary's prisoner. Somehow a seamstress manages to keep Elizabeth informed of the goings on in the outside world. You have no idea how in the world she manages to do so. That is until one obscure sentance gives it away. It actually is an intriguing way it's done and it would've added so much more to the story if it had been examined more than just a blurb that could easily be missed.

There is a romance between Eloise and her contact, James Colby, although you'd never know it from the complete absence of any sort of passion between the two. Their clandestine meetings seem to be nothing more than gossip followed by a parting kiss.

Elizabeth is not portrayed as a the passionate, headstrong woman she was. Well, maybe the headstrong part! She was written as a self-centered brat who goes around slapping everyone. Even her elderly governess who she claims to love more than anyone.

There is no story development between Robert and Elizabeth, rather you as a reader are instructed that they were good friends who eventually may have become lovers. Their relationship is told rather than felt. In fact, it seems as though every important event that happened during that time is glossed over. The only thing really in depth is the depiction of Elizabeth's gown.

I just did not enjoy this novel much at all.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By BLKinOR on November 20, 2007
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I'm not a fan of historical fiction or biography. My book group chose this book and I unenthusiastically agreed. Instead of wading through the book, I quickly became fascinated by the story created by Jennifer Ashley. I finished the book in less than 48 hours giving me plenty of time to explore a biography of Elizabeth I as a factual contrast. If I finish that book, I'll submit a review for that book also.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Huston on January 14, 2008
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These days, when I see a novel set in Tudor England -- from 1485 to 1603 -- I automatically cringe. So very much historical fiction is set in these times that it was become painful for me to read it, as most authors tend only to do the most cursitory of research, and usually, they don't get it right.

Let's face it, the life of Queen Elizabeth I of England is pretty heady stuff and a great temptation for any novelist. No one had expected Elizabeth, the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn to become queen -- after all, she had a younger brother, Edward, and an elder sister, Mary, who would inherit before she did. And this princess had a less than ideal childhood -- alternately cherished then banished by her father as the whim too him, she was barely a toddler when her mother was victim to the executioner's sword. She was highly intellectual, with a natural flair for music and languages, and a wit that could run circles around most people.

Jennifer Ashley's The Queen's Handmaiden, takes a look at the early life of this remarkable woman through the eyes of one of her attendants. Eloise Rousell is the daughter of a gentlewoman and a roving player in a theatre troop -- not exactly a birthright that will ensure stability. Raised by her grandmother, Eloise quickly displays an unusual talent, and one that will help her make her fortune -- she is an expert seamstress, able to create gowns that are beautifully made and designed. Eloise is also clever, and has learned quickly to keep her mouth shut -- a trait that will be even more valuable in the treacherous Tudor court. When still a child, she's sent to live with her Aunt Kat Champernowne, who is none other than the Lady Elizabeth's governess.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly A. Linder on February 22, 2008
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The story had no true purpose. It was flat. Ms. Ashley would have done better to concentrate more on developing her heroine and her clasdestine activities. Instead she floats all over, in effect, glossing over her heroine and her supporting activities. Even her portrayal of history was incorrect. Elizabeth didn't go to the tower until AFTER Queen Mary had married. Pick a time in the turbulent period and stick with it. Ms. Ashley doesn't have the talent to write a novel spanning over a decade. She needs to stick with fiction. History isn't her cup of tea.
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As one of the most celebrated women in history, Elizabeth I of England is a much worn topic, of endless fascination to readers and authors alike. In this treatment, Ashley writes of Elizabeth's early years, the long road to the throne and the significant impediments along the way. Third in line for succession after her brother Ned, son of Jane Seymour, and sister, Mary, daughter of Catherine of Aragon, Elizabeth, daughter of the infamous Anne Boleyn, is kept in a constant state of insecurity after the death of King Henry. Living for a time with Henry's widow, Catherine Parr, and her new husband, the ambitious Thomas Seymour, Elizabeth learns early the danger of deception in service of an appetite for power, Seymour fixed on the princess after Catherine's death in childbirth. Unfortunately, Somerset, the king's Lord Protector, learns of his brother's machinations, Seymour's courting of Henry's flame-haired daughter abruptly curtailed by a sojourn in the tower, young Ned furious at the Lord Admiral's plotting.

As seamstress to Elizabeth, Eloise Rousell, born the same year as the princess, watches the treacherous plan unfold, helpless to intervene with a love-struck Elizabeth or to protect her gossiping Aunt Kat, governess to the headstrong girl. Both Kat and Eloise are loyal only to Elizabeth, but the governess has been remarkably intemperate in her ambitions for her charge, a harsh lesson Eloise takes to heart. As Aunt Kat's ward, Eloise shadows the woman's household, growing familiar with Elizabeth's daily routines and the precariousness of her position as heir to the throne. Silent as a cat, Eloise watches and sews, absorbing the dangerous lessons of power and politics, her former naiveté no longer helpful in a place filled with volatile secrets and intemperate schemes.
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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Jennifer Ashley writes historical and paranormal romance as Jennifer Ashley; paranormal romance and urban fantasy as Allyson James; and mysteries as Ashley Gardner. Jennifer's novels have won RWA's RITA and RT Reviewer's Choice awards among others.

For information on all her novels visit www.jennifersromances.com. Also see http://www.gardnermysteries.com (Ashley Gardner) and http://www.allysonjames.com (Allyson James) for her other works.

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