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.