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JoAnn Spears couldn't decide whether to major in English or History in college. Life stepped in, and she wound up with a Master's Degree in Nursing instead. A twenty-five year nursing career didn't extinguish that early interest in books and history-especially Tudor history. It did, however, stoke a decidedly gallows sense of humor. Eventually, JoAnn read just about every spin there was on the stories of Henry VIII and the extended Tudor family. Every spin, that is, except the one with the gallows humor. The Tudors certainly qualified for it, but it just wasn't out there. JoAnn decided that with gallows humor to spare, she would do her best to remedy the Tudor comedy gap. A little inspiration from the classic "Wizard of Oz" showed her the way to go, and "Six of One", a new kind of Tudor novel, was born. JoAnn thought “Six of One”, her story about Henry VIII’s six wives, would be an only literary child. Then, two years after its birth, she was caught by surprise with the idea for a sequel. In October, 2015, “Seven Will Out” made its debut and bought the latter-day Tudors into the comedy mix. JoAnn enjoys writing but maintains her nursing license because a) you never stop being a nurse and b) her son thinks she should be sensible and not quit her day job. She also enjoys life in the beautiful mountains of northeast Tennessee, where she gardens, embroiders antique reproduction samplers, and teaches yoga in her Methodist church basement. JoAnn shares her home with three cats and the works of Jane Austen, Barbara Pym, Louisa May Alcott, and of course, Alison Weir.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 31, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1514775891
  • ISBN-13: 978-1514775899
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,508,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Arleigh C. Johnson on March 24, 2016
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In Spears’ previous novel, Six of One: A Tudor Riff, modern day historian Catherine “Dolly” Rolly traveled to an astral plane where she met the wives of Henry VIII and learned their stories from the source. This time Dolly returns and is met by the later generation Tudors, including Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scots, Bess of Hardwick, and more. During her night of wine and conversation she learns quite a bit, as well as relaying some present day tidbits to the 16th century ladies. Focused on the authorship of Shakespeare’s works, this is an entertaining “what-if” for conspiracy theorists regarding the Bard’s plays, and contains subplots involving Arabella Stuart and, separately, the women involved with Robert Dudley. Dolly’s mission is to learn the truth of a few matters and use her position as a respected Tudorphile to enlighten posterity.

Readers with a fair knowledge of Shakespeare’s works will more likely enjoy this as it contains a good amount of quotes and references, although the verbal tête-à-tête between characters usually includes enough of an explanation to read between the lines. I felt a bit at a disadvantage at first, for not having read the first book. There are many of Dolly’s family, friends, and co-workers introduced in the opening chapters that may have been featured in Six of One, but were information overload for readers just jumping in with Seven Will Out. A few short chapters in, however, and any Tudor fan feels right at home.

With its supernatural element and brow-raising, albeit fictional revelations, this will not appeal to all Shakespeare and Tudor enthusiasts (i.e. the purists). It is, however, a clever series of facts that fit together surprisingly neatly, and the laugh-out-loud quips and antics of the characters keep the reader otherwise entertained throughout the story. I highly recommend this book to light-hearted Tudor fans looking to step away from the plethora of traditional reads of the genre.
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This sequel to Six of One: a Tudor Riff, by Joann Spears is worth the wait. Just as entertaining and intelligent as the first. Even for those of us not overly interested in the time period well worth the read. The author gives interesting twists, perhaps unlikely, but not impossible, to the histories of the Tudor ladies and their gentlemen. You'll find yourself wanting it all to be true. I was enthralled. It kept me busy on a trip back to NJ from Arizona. It was a pleasant flight, made the more pleasant by the company of these Tudor ladies. And silly me, didn't get the entire subtlety of the title till I finished the book.
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Seven Will Out by JoAnn Spears definitely had my interest with its refreshing and witty humor about those in the Tudor Period! I love that the author took a time period that is known for being a time of beheadings and The Black Plague, and turned it into something fun and light. I have read countless books about the Tudors, as well as smaller historical figures from the same time period who were connected to them, so it really was entertaining to read some of the story lines the author created for these characters! Some of the ideas and twists that the author came up with had me cracking up! Never are characters from the medieval period portrayed as this much fun in other novels of this time period! They are always ambitious, ruthless women who are out husband hunting, or sweet heroines who are rescued by their knight in shining armor, but they are not funny!
Then, add Ms. Spears writing style that flows smoothly and easily from page to page into the mix, and you can definitely count this book as a winner. However, if you are a hard core lover of Tudor History, and have no sense of humor, and nitpick every historical fiction book there is out there, than this is probably not the book for you! If you are looking for a fun read, that will allow you to escape into a past that is not morbid and dark, than definitely grab this book! I give it a FIVE out of FIVE stars!
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Though not as enjoyable as the first book, Seven Will Out is a lighthearted romp through the later Tudor period, as seen through the eyes of the Tudor women, long after they are dead. The book is filled with puns (many of which were already used in the first book) and jokes. Just like the first book, most of the puns weren't all that funny to me, and unfortunately, most of the jokes were just a little too silly for me.

That being said, one can't help but enjoy Spear's book. It's meant to be fun, poking fun of the seriousness of the Tudor period and the people (like me) who are obsessed with it. You can't take Seven Will Out seriously, and the things that Spear's thinks of for her characters make the book worth reading, and if she ever comes out with a third, you'll bet I'll read that one too! It's great fun to see the ladies let down their hair and just have fun (see, after reading her book i can't help but come up with bad lines, too!)
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I have to say I have not read the first book but I will be going back to read it. I would suggest reading it before you read this one. This book was set in one of my two favorite time periods and about some of the best historical figures I enjoy reading about so I jumped at the chance to get to review this book. It was fun to read a story about these characters with a funny twist instead of the more serious tones we are used to reading about. It is like having a night out with all your old friends. A new take on the Tudors life. - I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review
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