#Blogtour #BookReview: The Catherine Howard Conspiracy by Alexandra Walsh @purplemermaid25 @SapereBooks #TheCatherineHowardConspiracy
Book length - 468 pages
Publisher - Sapere Books
Amazon UK - www.amazon.co.uk
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I want to thank Caoimhe from saperebooks.com for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour and for providing me with an e-copy of this book for review.
ABOUT THIS BOOK
What secrets were covered up at the court of Henry VIII …?
Whitehall Palace, England, 1539
When Catherine Howard arrives at the court of King Henry VIII to be a maid of honour in the household of the new queen, Anne of Cleves, she has no idea of the fate that awaits her.
Catching the king’s fancy, she finds herself caught up in her uncle’s ambition to get a Howard heir to the throne.
Terrified by the ageing king after the fate that befell her cousin, Anne Boleyn, Catherine begins to fear for her life…
Pembrokeshire, Wales, 2018
Dr Perdita Rivers receives news of the death of her estranged grandmother, renowned Tudor historian Mary Fitzroy.
Mary inexplicably cut all contact with Perdita and her twin sister, Piper, but she has left them Marquess House, her vast estate in Pembrokeshire.
Perdita sets out to unravel their grandmother’s motives for abandoning them, and is drawn into the mystery of an ancient document in the archives of Marquess House, a collection of letters and diaries claiming the records of Catherine Howard’s execution were falsified…
What truths are hiding in Marquess House? What really happened to Catherine Howard?
And how was Perdita’s grandmother connected to it all?
Compelling, fresh, and with deftly-woven characters that ensnare the imagination, THE CATHERINE HOWARD CONSPIRACY by Alexandra Walsh is a wonderful blend of historical mystery and modern drama, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
When Perdita learns that her estranged, wealthy grandmother has passed away, she is surprised to be invited to her estate considering she ignored Perdita and her twin sister Piper since they were little. But the surprises keep on coming when she learns that their grandmother's vast estate, historical documents, books, and money are all left to them both. With the ability to fund any of her archaeological interests, Perdita moves into her new home and as she starts to look into her grandmother's research, she uncovers papers on Catherine Howard and a mystery that is aching to be solved. But can Perdita ever figure out why her grandmother abandoned them when they needed her most? And what was her grandmother's connection to Catherine Howard?
Switching from past to present, there is never a dull moment whether we are following Catherine back in the sixteenth century as she navigates family expectations and a husband that is increasingly volatile, or whether we are watching Perdita as she takes stock of everything that has changed and the secrets from her own past. There is drama, lies, hidden agendas and so much more nestled among the pages and I devoured THE CATHERINE HOWARD CONSPIRACY by Alexandra Walsh in one evening.
This is the first book in an exciting new series and I cannot wait for what is to come, and this is the perfect read for historical fiction and contemporary drama fans alike.
From tales spun for her teddies when she was a child (usually about mermaids) to film scripts, plays and novels, Alexandra Walsh has always been a storyteller. Words are her world. For over 25 years, she has been a journalist writing for a wide range of publications including national newspapers and glossy magazines. She spent some years working in the British film industry, as well as in television and radio: researching, advising, occasionally presenting and always writing.
Books dominate Alexandra’s life. She reads endlessly and tends to become a bit panicky if her next three books are not lined up and waiting. Characters, places, imagery all stay with her and even now she finds it difficult to pass an old wardrobe without checking it for a door to Narnia. As for her magical letter when she was 11, she can only assume her cat caught the owl!
Alexandra’s other passion is history, particularly the untold tales of women. Whether they were queens or paupers, their voices resonate with their stories, not only about their own lives but about ours, too. The women of the Tudor court have inspired her novels. Researching and writing The Marquess House Trilogy (Book One: The Catherine Howard Conspiracy) has brought together her love of history, mysteries and story telling.
For more information:
Website - www.alexandrawalsh.com
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Hi fellow bookworms. My name is Linda and I'm a reviewer & blogger, wife & mother who loves all things books!
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