Tudor Rose by W.H. Doyle Blog Tour and Personal Review and Giveaway :)
Rose is the typical Tudor lady, she had been married to the brother of her friend Sybille and unfortunately he had passed away before the marriage was consummated, however Rose is now tied to Sybille and her fate and family forever. And now is the time when Sybille is supposed to be married off, and there is really only one choice according to her father Mr Maydestone - and that is for Sybille to be deemed a virgin (which she is NOT), and to marry and move to London. Of course Rose will follow wherever Sybille goes and hopefully will find love. Rose tells the reader in the beginning that she is a maiden, she knows without a doubt that she will pass the test of maidenhood ... but she also knows that without a little help, Sybille won't.
Miraculously, Sybille passes the test, albeit with a little help, and she is all set to be married and will become a lady in waiting to the Queen as will Rose. Their lives are all set to be perfect as to be a lady in waiting to a Queen is a very high honor to hold for any woman. However it becomes clear that something is eating away at Sybille - she becomes snippy and far more feisty and seems to be determined to ruin her new life at any cost. And not just that, but she is now treating Rose as a country girl, with contempt. Although she is better than Rose in the hierarchy, they have been friends for a long time and Rose notices these changes and it concerns her.
And then they arrive - Queen Elizabeth. Meeting her is simply amazing and the girls are thrilled to be part of her world and the court ... but will that change once they get involved with things? The character of Avis being introduced lends even more intrigue to Sybille's attitude, as Avis seems like an uptight haughty girl who doesn't respect Sybille or Rose at all, reminding me of the movie Mean Girls, but honestly it was normal for the court in Tudor England.
Overall I enjoyed this book, and if I say more I will ruin it and I don't want to include spoilers. But Rose and Sybille are definitely amazing characters - they are complex and very real for their time period. And of course from things I have read the Tudor court is about the same - backbiting from everyone and constantly feeling like they have to watch their backs. I love the entire feel of the book, I think it's great for anyone who loves Tudor history or historical fiction as well. It's one of my passions, the Tudor era is one of the things I absolutely LOVE to read about :) Pick this up and give it a try - and I will be reading his other books too!
- One (1) winner will win a Starbucks Gift Card