Make Merry at Court
…with three Tudor Christmas stories!
In Christmas at Court Sir John Talbot and Lady Alice’s secret betrothal must wait until Henry Tudor claims the throne. Next in Secrets of the Queen’s Lady the lady-in-waiting to Anne of Cleves is unexpectedly reunited with a handsome—younger—diplomat at the palace’s festivities! And in His Mistletoe Lady Catherine seeks help from a mysterious Spaniard to free her father in time for Christmas!
This book is formed of 3 short stories so instead of just doing one review, I will review them all individually and then do a summary review of the whole book
Christmas at Court by Blythe Gifford
This story set over 3 Christmas’s looks at the behind the scenes plotting and scheming to get Henry Tudor on the throne. Alice and John become betrothed to form an alliance between their families to support Henry’s cause but there is so much risk and danger in such a betrothal of who can be trusted and with what information, especially at a time when saying the wrong thing could lose you your head.
I loved Alice and Johns story, it felt so real and the drama and emotions of the time came through so strongly meaning that very quickly I was on their side and hoping that they would be able to marry. Even though I know what happened historically, the uncertainty of how things were unfolding at the time made me forget parts of the history and become totally immersed in the story
Secrets of the Queen’s Lady by Jenni Fletcher
Pippa is a Lady in the court of Anne of Cleves, set after the queens divorce, she first met Kit when he was a lost young man in the court of Henry VIII
Pippa has had a hard life, she was in a very difficult relationship with her husband until she was widowed and a lot of those feelings have stayed with her making her determined be in control of her life and to not let anyone in. Even after everything that she has been through she is a strong woman who I adored
I loved Kit, he had been half in love with Pippa from when he had first met her and when he meets her again his feelings are just as strong. He is aware of what he wants and is willing to risk his family to be happy in life whist always staying true to himself
This book is set in a court that I didn’t really even think of before hand, I knew Henry VIII divorced Anne of Cleves and set her up as his sister instead but hadn’t thought anymore about it and this novella sucked me in to that hidden world and totally captivated me
His Mistletoe Lady by Amanda McCabe
Set in the time of Mary Tudor Catherine and her mother have been summoned to court. Her father is currently locked in the tower for charges of treason but her mother served in the court of Catherine of Aragon and Queen Mary treats her mothers ladies well so may be able to help
I liked Catherine, she is loyal and would do anything for her mother. She is aware of the dangers of court but still strives for independence and dreams of love
Diego is part of King Phillips entourage but also has a secret mission to conduct. He seems dangerous but is unable to stay away from Catherine even though he knew he should. He is a harder character to understand as the isn’t as much of the story from his point of view but in those segments it was possible to see his character and motivations which made me love him
It was fascinating to see the court of Queen Mary through both Catherine and Diego’s eyes as they both viewed it for the first time but there is a dangerous undercurrent that runs through the story that kept me reading
I really enjoyed reading these novellas, each were set over a different time period but they worked so well, immersing me into worlds that I didn’t know much about but which I loved learning more
The characters and their stories were fabulous and I adored them
All 3 novellas had me hooked and unable to put them down and I would recommend them to those who enjoy a variety of historical romances and experiencing Christmas over different time periods with characters you will love
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About Blythe Gifford
After many years in public relations, advertising, and marketing, Blythe Gifford started writing seriously after a corporate layoff. Ten years and one layoff later, she became an overnight success when she sold to the Harlequin Historical line. Her books, set in the 14th to 17th centuries, typically incorporate real historical events and characters. The Chicago Tribune has called her work “the perfect balance between history and romance.” Blythe lives and works along Chicago’s lakefront.
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About Jenni Fletcher
Jenni Fletcher is from the north coast of Scotland and now lives in Yorkshire where she writes historical romance novels. She studied English at Cambridge University before doing a PhD on Edwardian literature & psychology at Hull. She has been nominated for 4 RoNA awards and won for Short Romantic Fiction in 2020. In her spare time she loves baking and, of course, reading.
Social Media Links – @JenniAuthor
About Amanda McCabe
Amanda wrote her first romance at the age of sixteen–a vast historical epic starring all her friends as the characters, written secretly during algebra class (and her parents wondered why math was not her strongest subject…)
She’s never since used algebra, but her books have been nominated for many awards, including the RITA Award, the Romantic Times BOOKReviews Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Booksellers Best, the National Readers Choice Award, and the Holt Medallion. She lives in Santa Fe with a Poodle, a cat, a wonderful husband, and a very and far too many books and royal memorabilia collections.
When not writing or reading, she loves taking dance classes, collecting cheesy travel souvenirs, and watching the Food Network–even though she doesn’t cook.
Amanda also writes as Laurel McKee for Grand Central Publishing, the Elizabethan Mystery Series as Amanda Carmack, and the Manor Cat Mystery Series as Eliza Casey.
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