'A very readable account of a fascinating woman who dared to stand up to Henry VIII and survived. It is thoroughly researched, admirably written and the author's love of the Tudor period shines through.' Historical Novels Review
'Creatively imagines the private life of Mary Rose Tudor in this richly textured historical novel. A thoroughly researched, elegantly written historical tale.' KIRKUS INDIE
From the Author
I've long been a lover of the Tudor period. At first, I only read fictional accounts of those colourful times with its larger-than-life characters. I adored the novels of Jean Plaidy
and when I had exhausted this author's prolific fiction, I discovered other historical novelists, like Sharon Penman
and Philippa Gregory
. My latest and thoroughly enjoyed find are the novels in the V E Lynne
, Bridget Manning Series. It wasn't long before this interest in the fiction of these times sparked a deeper curiosity and I turned to reading non-fiction about the period and began to amass many books on the era which soon had my book shelves creaking.
But, as a writer myself, I soon yearned to write an historical novel of my own. And, although drawn to the Tudor period, I did not want to write yet another account of any of Henry VIII's six wives, whose stories have been written by so many other authors.
It was when I learned a little about Henry VIII's little sister, Mary Rose, that I knew I had found the character I wanted to write about. Reluctant Queen
is her story, fictionalised, though it sticks firmly to actual events in Mary Rose's life.