Audiobook Review: The Familiars by Stacey Halls

Not only does The Familiars have one of the best named lead characters I’ve come across in a while BUT she is based on a real person! I live for facts like this. In 1612, there really was a noble woman called Fleetwood Shuttleworth (amazing, right?) who, at only 17, was lady of Gawthorpe Hall, […]

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Blog Tour: The Glittering Hour by Iona Grey

Opening sentence: “The February dawn crept in slowly, apologetically, as if it sensed how unwelcome it was.”  Featuring a dual timeline set in 1925 and 1936, The Glittering Hour tells the story of Selina Lennox, an affluent woman who the newspapers refer to as a Bright Young Thing: they were a real group of rich […]

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Audiobook Review: The Virgin’s Lover by Philippa Gregory

This is my fourth Philippa Gregory historical novel about the dramatic times in the Tudor court and I have noticed a bit of pattern… I’m enjoying every subsequent book a little less than the one before. I must clarify though, if I was to rank my audiobooks, Philippa Gregory’s would all be given a high placings. […]

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Review: The Queen’s Fool by Philippa Gregory

This is my third Philippa Gregory audiobook taking me through the turbulent Tudor times. After listening to the stories of Henry VIII wives, The Queen’s Fool moves onto the era of his children: Edward VI’s short reign, Mary’s ascension to Queen and Elizabeth waiting her turn. Once again Philippa Gregory has a rich vault to […]

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Review: The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory

Audiobook narrated by Pippa Bennett-Warner, Georgia Maguire and Cathleen McCarron / Running time: 17:12:04 / Published by HarperCollins August 2018. Opening sentence: “It is hot today, the wind blows over the flat fields and marshes with the stink of the plague.” I’m a recent historical fiction convert. After reading (well, listening to) and loving The Other […]

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Review: The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

Audiobook narrated by Vanessa Kirby / Running time: 22 hours / Published by HarperCollins 2018. As I mentioned in a previous post, when it comes to audiobooks, the narrator is EVERYTHING. So, can you imagine anything more perfect than Princess Margaret narrating a fictionalised account of the life of her ancestors, sisters Anne and Mary […]

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