As historical records show, anne whateley of Temple Grafton was betrothed to William Shakespeare just days before he was forced to wed the pregnant Anne Hathaway. Spanning half a century of elizabethan and Jacobean history, and sweeping from the lowest reaches of society to the royal court, this richly textured novel tells the real story of Shakespeare in love.
Mistress Shakespeare #ad - Persecution and plague, insurrection and inferno, friends and foes all play parts in Anne's lively tale. Here, anne whateley takes up her pen to tell the intimate story of her daring life with Will.
The Queen's GovernessBerkley #ad - Katherine ashley, the clever, catches the attention of powerful, beguiling daughter of a poor country beekeeper, ambitious Thomas Cromwell-henchman for King Henry VIII. In the face of exile, and a romantic flirtation that could cost the young princess dearly, Kat will risk everything-even her own secret love-for her bright, imprisonment, assassination attempts, clever Elizabeth.
The national bestselling author of Mistress Shakespeare delivers the epic tale of Elizabeth I's most trusted companion-a commoner who lived among royals. Cromwell secures for Kat a place in the royal court, but as a reluctant spy. Plunged into a treacherous game of shifting alliances, Kat is entrusted by Anne Boleyn to protect her daughter, Elizabeth.
The First Princess of Wales: A NovelBroadway Books #ad - Joan plots to become involved with the prince to scandalize the royal family, for she has learned they engineered her father’s downfall and death. When the lovely and high-spirited Joan of Kent is sent to this politically charged court, she is woefully unprepared for the underhanded maneuverings of her peers.
The daughter of a disgraced earl, she matched wits with a prince. It is the fourteenth century, the height of the Medieval Age, and at the court of King Edward III of England, chivalry is loudly praised while treachery runs rampant. When joan learns that edward returns her feelings, if she does, what will be the cost?filled with scandal, she is soon fighting her own, and prominent figures of the Medieval Age, court intrigue, for how can she love the man that ruined her family? And, The First Princess of Wales has at its center a wonderful love story, which is all the more remarkable because it is true.
The First Princess of Wales: A Novel #ad - But what begins as a calculated strategy soon—to Joan’s surprise—grows into love. Karen harper’s compelling, fast-paced novel tells the riveting tale of an innocent girl who marries a prince and gives birth to a king. Determined to increase the breadth of his rule, the king will use any means necessary to gain control of France—including manipulating his own son, Edward, Prince of Wales.
The It Girls: A NovelWilliam Morrow Paperbacks #ad - And when she married Sir Cosmo Duff-Gordon her life seemed to be a fairy tale. But success came at many costs—to her marriage and to her children. One sailed the Titanic and started a fashion empire. Together, they were unstoppable. They rose from genteel poverty, ambitious, witty, two beautiful sisters, seductive.
Elinor’s novels titillate readers, and it’s even asked in polite drawing rooms if you would like to “sin with Elinor Glyn?” Her work pushes the boundaries of what’s acceptable; her foray into the glittering new world of Hollywood turns her into a world-wide phenomenon. And then came the fateful night of April 14, 1912 and the scandal that followed.
The It Girls: A Novel #ad - . But although she writes of passion, the true love she longs for eludes her. But despite quarrels and misunderstandings, friends, there is no bond stronger than that of the two sisters—confidants, distance and destiny, rivals and the two “It Girls” of their day. Elinor and lucy sutherland are at once each other’s fiercest supporters and most vicious critics.
Lucy transformed herself into Lucile, the daring fashion designer who revolutionized the industry with her flirtatious gowns and brazen self-promotion. From new york times bestselling author Karen Harper comes a novel based on the lives of two amazing sisters.
The Irish PrincessBerkley #ad - Born into a first family of ireland, with royal ties on both sides, the Earl of Kildare, Elizabeth Fitzgerald-known as Gera-finds her world overturned when Henry VIII imprisons her father, and brutally destroys her family. Torn from the home she loves, her remaining family scattered, Gera dares not deny the refuge offered her in England's glittering royal court.
There she must navigate ever-shifting alliances even as she nurtures her secret desire for revenge. A grand-scale historical novel from the national bestselling author of Mistress Shakespeare. From county kildare's lush green fields to london's rough-and-tumble streets and the royal court's luxurious pageantry, The Irish Princess follows the journey of a daring woman whose will cannot be tamed, and who won't be satisfied until she restores her family to its rightful place in Ireland.
American Duchess: A Novel of Consuelo VanderbiltWilliam Morrow Paperbacks #ad - And when she takes a scandalous leap, to the battles of the second World War, can she hope to attain love at last…?From the dawning of the opulent Gilded Age, American Duchess is a riveting tale of one woman’s quest to attain independence—at any price. Bullied into the wedding by her indomitable mother, Alva, Consuelo loves another.
. Just 18, the beautiful bride has not only arrived late, but in tears, yet her marriage to the aloof Duke of Marlborough proceeds. Before there was meghan Markle, there was Consuelo Vanderbilt, the original American Duchess. Perfect for readers of Jennifer Robson and lovers of Downton Abbey. Karen harper tells the tale of consuelo vanderbilt, her “The Wedding of the Century” to the Duke of Marlborough, and her quest to find meaning behind “the glitter and the gold.
American Duchess: A Novel of Consuelo Vanderbilt #ad - On a cold november day in 1895, a carriage approaches St Thomas Episcopal Church on New York City’s Fifth Avenue. But a deal was made, trading some of the vast Vanderbilt wealth for a title and prestige, bred to obey, and Consuelo, realizes she must make the best of things. Consuelo finds an inner strength, charming everyone from debutantes to diplomats including Winston Churchill, as she fights for women’s suffrage.
Massive crowds surge forward, awaiting their glimpse of heiress Consuelo Vanderbilt. At blenheim palace, including producing an “heir and a spare, Consuelo is confronted with an overwhelming list of duties, ” but her relationship with the duke quickly disintegrates.
The Last Boleyn: A NovelBroadway Books #ad - She survived her own innocence, one of england’s most powerful families, through the eyes of the eldest daughter, and the treachery of Europe’s royal courts; The Last Boleyn is the story of the rise and fall of the Boleyns, Mary. As she grows into a woman, mary must navigate both the dangerous waters ruled by two kings and the powerful will of her own family in order to find a place for herself and the love she so deeply desires.
Although her sister, george, the queen; her brother, thomas, executed alongside anne; and her father, Anne, are most remembered by history, Mary was the Boleyn who set into motion the chain of events that brought about the family’s meteoric rise to power, as well as the one who managed to escape their equally remarkable fall.
The Last Boleyn: A Novel #ad - Sent away to france at an extraordinarily young age, Mary is quickly plunged into the dangerous world of court politics, where everything is beautiful but deceptive, and everyone she meets is watching and quietly manipulating the events and people around them.
The Royal Nanny: A NovelWilliam Morrow Paperbacks #ad - . So begins the unforgettable story of Charlotte Bill, who would care for a generation of royals as their parents never could. Neither charlotte—lala, as her charges dub her—nor anyone else can predict that eldest sons David and Bertie will each one day be king. The royal nanny is a seamless blend of fact and fiction—an intensely intimate, yet epic tale spanning decades, continents, and divides that only love can cross.
Lala knows only that these children, and the four who swiftly follow, need her steadfast loyalty and unconditional affection. But the greatest impact on charlotte’s life is made by a mere bud on the family tree: a misunderstood soul who will one day be known as the Lost Prince. She is excited, exhausted—and about to meet royalty.
The Royal Nanny: A Novel #ad - Based on a seldom-told true story, this novel is perfect for everyone who is fascinated by Britain’s royal family—a behind the scenes look into the nurseries of little princes and the foibles of big princes. April, 1897: a young nanny arrives at Sandringham, ancestral estate of the Duke and Duchess of York.
Young prince john needs all of lala’s love—the kind of love his parents won’t…or can’t…show him. From britain’s old wealth to the glittering excesses of Tsarist Russia; from country cottages to royal yachts, and from nursery to ballroom, Charlotte Bill witnesses history.
The Queen's Secret: A Novel of England's World War II QueenWilliam Morrow Paperbacks #ad - But it’s no surprise that Hitler himself calls her the “Most Dangerous Woman in Europe. For behind that soft voice and kindly demeanor is a will of steel. Two years earlier, george was thrust onto the throne when his brother Edward abdicated, determined to marry his divorced, American mistress Mrs. Elizabeth holds many powerful cards, she’s also hiding damaging secrets about her past and her provenance that could prove to be her undoing.
In this riveting novel of royal secrets and intrigue, karen Harper lifts the veil on one of the world’s most fascinating families, and how its “secret weapon” of a matriarch maneuvered her way through one of the most dangerous chapters of the century. 1939. Vowing to do whatever it takes to make her husband’s reign a success, Elizabeth endears herself to the British people, and prevents the former king and his brazen bride from ever again setting foot in Buckingham Palace.
The Queen's Secret: A Novel of England's World War II Queen #ad - If you love jennifer robson or the crown you will love New York Times bestselling author Karen Harper’s novel about Elizabeth, The Queen Mother. As the wife of the king george vi and the mother of the future queen, Elizabeth—“the queen mother”—shows a warm, smiling face to the world. Simpson.
Mistress of Mourning: A NovelBerkley #ad - And as she works under the watchful eye of handsome Nicholas Sutton, an ambitious assistant to the royals, she develops feelings of quite a different nature. Then news comes from wales of the unexpected death of newly married Prince Arthur, the queen’s eldest child and heir to the throne. Deeply grieving, elizabeth suspects that Arthur did not die of a sudden illness, as reported, but was actually murdered by her husband’s enemies.
This time her task for varina and Nicholas is of vital importance--travel into the Welsh wilderness to investigate the prince’s death. But as the couple unearths one unsettling clue after another, they begin to fear that the conspiracy they’re confronting is far more ambitious and treacherous than even the queen imagined.
Mistress of Mourning: A Novel #ad - And it aims to utterly destroy the Tudor dynasty. In a gripping historical novel of suspense and romance from the national bestselling author of The Queen's Governess, two women fight to defeat the enemies of the precarious Tudor monarchy by uncovering the secrets of the dead. London, 1501. In a time of political unrest, varina westcott, the princes of the tower, agrees to perform a clandestine service for Queen Elizabeth of York, wife of Henry VII--carve wax figures of four dead children, a young widow and candle maker for court and church, two of her offspring lost in infancy and her two brothers, whose mysterious disappearance years ago has never been solved.
Having lost a child herself, Varina feels a sympathetic bond with the queen.