Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Sypnosis from Goodreads:
The tragic story of Lady Jane Grey who was Queen of England for nine days in July 1553. Jane grew up watching her cousins in training as heirs to the throne, little imagining that by a twist of fate she would one day be crowned. But this is Tudor England where nobody plays fair, and even a queen isn’t safe from those who wsh her harm.
Okay, it’s not that this book was bad, it had its moments that I really enjoyed, however, I found that it lagged in places and there were definitely some gaps, especially as I reached the ending. I was like, ‘oh, is that all?’
What I did like about the book was its structure, it was entirely presented in diary format, chronicling the brief life of Lady Jane Grey, nine day English Queen.
I felt that the book connected the reader to Jane, we saw everything through her eyes and we were essentially reading her thoughts throughout; I liked how the author characterised Jane, I felt it made her relatable, and even though I don’t know how accurate this book was, I thought some of it was definitely plausible – she was definitely used as a pawn by her father and family in order to elevate their gain, as many young girls were used for that same purpose in the Tudor time; and although we’ll never really know if Jane loved Guildford, her betrothed and forced husband (in this book and in my own research I’ve done, I’m lead to think not), but this book painted their relationship to be forced, but through the tragic circumstances that both found themselves in, a part of me thinks that perhaps they might’ve grown fond of one another.
I’ve read many a book, both fictional and non, on Lady Jane Grey, and I’ll keep reading more. I’m fascinated with her as a historical figure, and she makes for some brilliant reading.
This book however, I’m not quite sure what my problem was with it. I liked the bookishness of her character, I liked that it was told in her diary format; I think it would be perfect for a child to read, it’s an ideal introduction to Tudor history. But as an older reader, I felt that perhaps the writing was slightly sugar coated, and it doesn’t properly explain the ending; Which for my fellow Tudor history fans, will know.
All in all, it was the book that got me back into Tudor fiction, so I’m happy for that, even if it wasn’t the best read.
And that concludes my review, until next time, happy reading,