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review: The Sumerton Women

The Sumerton Women by D. L. Bogdan Cecily Burkhart is eight years old when she joins the Sumerton household after tragically losing both her parents to illness. Resilient and cheerfully optimistic, her presence brings much needed felicity to the topically common, yet secretive family. As time passes, Cecily learns why the castle is run by a skeleton staff and the Earl and Countess live mostly separate lives. All the while, Father Alec, who serves as chaplain and tutor, keeps the children occupied with lessons and outdoor activities, striving for a modicum of normalcy. Thirteen-year-old Mirabella is fanatically Catholic and dreams of becoming a nun at the local convent, Sumerton Abbey. She is full of lectures and fiercely obstinate, especially toward Lady Grace, the Countess. The…

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review: Secrets of the Tudor Court

Secrets of the Tudor Court by D. L. Bogdan Mary Howard, daughter of the Duke of Norfolk was just eleven when she was sent to court as a lady-in-waiting to her cousin, Anne Boleyn, who was soon to be Queen of England. The Year is 1530 and Katherine of Aragon is newly banished to a manor in the north while Anne’s star rises. A most sinister man, Norfolk (as he is called even by his kin) uses Mary and every other member of the illustrious Howard family as tools for his ambition. Mary helplessly watches her life being controlled down to her dress and hairstyle, suffering severe beatings if she missteps or dares to protest. She has a good heart—a poet’s heart—and carves out happiness…

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review: Rivals in the Tudor Court

Rivals in the Tudor Court by D. L. Bogdan An interesting prequel to SECRETS IN THE TUDOR COURT, this story explores the early life of Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk. As a young boy, during the volatile finale of the Wars of the Roses, Thomas is bullied and humiliated repeatedly by his grandfather, the 1st Duke of Norfolk. His unaffectionate parents are inattentive at best–his father busy trying to stay in royal favor while his mother tries to break all maternal bonds with her children, because she cannot stand losing them to illness and disease. Even with such an upbringing, Thomas turns out chivalrous and his marriage to the princess Anne Plantagenet is a happy one, until the losses begin. We see the gradual…

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review: The Forgotten Queen

The Forgotten Queen by D. L. Bogdan This is a story of the life of Margaret Tudor, elder sister of England’s Henry VIII, from her childhood before the death of her beloved brother, Arthur, to her life as the “Old Queen” of the Scots decades later. Margaret’s father, Henry VII, impressed upon her the role she was born to play before he sent her off to the savage land of the Scots. Though she came to love her new country, there were times in her life she looked to England with longing, but then found that her brother’s England was not the same that she’d left, nor the same that she had dreamed of when Arthur was heir. There was much heartbreak in the life…

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