Romance thru the ages

Jewel of St. Petersburg by Kate Furnivall sweeps readers back to the grand and turbulent final years of Tsarist Russia. Valentina Ivanova, the daughter of a Russian aristocrat, is a beautiful talented pianist caught up in the revolution that sweeps the country. Men from all factions pursue her as she fights for her family’s survival.

Jewel of St. Petersburg is a passion-packed romance that will delight readers who admire a strong-minded heroine. If you the heat is getting to you, relax with a tale set in snowy Russia of bygone days.
 
The Secret Eleanor: A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine by Cecelia Holland tells the lesser-known story of a young Eleanor of Aquitaine in the court of the French king Louis VII. Eleanor of Aquitaine remains one of the most powerful and compelling women in history. Born in the Aquitaine region of what is now France, she married twice to become the queen of both France and England. She was also the mother of three Kings. She is credited with the creation of “courtly love”.
 
The Secret Eleanor: A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine tell of Eleanor’s plot with her sister Petronilla to escape her dull marriage to her religious and monk-like husband Louis VII to marry a young and virile Henry Anjou.
 
Eleanor was well-educated and literate. She was reported to be cunning and adept at politics. Cecelia Holland tells a tale of deception and passion that is riveting and entertaining.
 
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Romantic interlude

Sometimes the best way to relax is to step back in time. No Will But His, A Novel of Kathryn Howard by Sarah A. Holt will appeal to fans of the Showcase/CBC series The Tudors. Kathryn Howard, a cousin to Henry’s second wife Anne Boleyn, was a mere girl of 17 when she became the fifth wife of an aging Henry VIII. Red-haired, high-born, badly-educated and some say promiscuous, Kathryn captivated the king with her youthful beauty and musical ability. She fell under the ax when she fell under the spell of her first love. A fast-paced, light romantic read.

 
The Queen’s Pawn by Christy English is a compelling tale about one of history’s most fascinating women, Eleanor of Aquitaine and the young princess who became a pawn in her political game with her husband Henry II of England. At only nine Princess Alais is sent by her father King Louis, Eleanor’s first husband, to England to wed Prince Richard. The motherless child falls under Queen Eleanor’s spell.
 
Christy English weaves a captivating yarn of romance, love, betrayal, and political intrigue as Eleanor and Henry battle for power at the cost of all those they love.
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