FINALIST – UNDERGROUND BOOK REVIEWS’ NOVEL OF THE YEAR AWARD
SEMI-FINALIST, MM BENNETTS AWARD FOR HISTORICAL FICTION
NOW AVAILABLE IN E-BOOK AND PAPERBACK!
All Jane Seymour wants is a husband; but when she catches the eye of a volatile king, she is pulled deep into the Tudor court’s realm of plot and intrigue.
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England. 1535. Jane Seymour is 27 years old and increasingly desperate for the marriage that will provide her a real place in the world. She gets the perfect opportunity to shine when the court visits Wolf Hall, the Seymour ancestral manor. With new poise born from this event, it seems certain that her efficiency and diligence will shine through and finally attract a suitor.
Meanwhile, King Henry VIII is 45 and increasingly desperate for a son. He left his first wife, a princess of Spain, changing his country’s religion in the process, to marry Anne Boleyn — but she too has failed to deliver the promised heir. As Henry begins to fear he is cursed, Jane Seymour’s honesty and innocence conjure redemption. Thomas Cromwell, an ambitious clerk who has built a career on strategically satisfying the King’s desires, sees in Jane the perfect vehicle to calm the political unrest that threatens the country: he engineers the plot that ends with Jane becoming the King’s third wife.
Jane believes herself virtuous and her actions justified, but early miscarriages shake her confidence and hopes. How can a woman who has done nothing wrong herself deal with the guilt of how she unseated her predecessor?
Reviews are in – and they are making me dance! Here are snippets from a few that were posted on Amazon:
“Ms. Wertman is a gifted writer who has mastered the voice and tone of the period with elegant simplicity and depth”
“Rich in detail and very interesting. A thoroughly enjoyable read!”
“A thoroughly engaging, incredibly well put together story.”
“[The author] truly had a gift for making the reader feel transported to Tudor England. Loved it!”
I also was proud to have Jane the Quene featured/reviewed on several wonderful blogs:
The Freelance History Writer Notes and Reviews, May 12, 2016 (“What a delight this book is! … I think any reader would enjoy the book and highly recommend it!”)
Jane Boleyn: The Real Story Behind the Infamous Lady Rochford, June 7, 2016 (“This book does for Jane Seymour what Hilary Mantel did for Thomas Cromwell”)
The Review, June 23, 2016 (“Janet Wertman meets the challenge of writing a story with a predetermined end, yet maintaining a hold on her audience until the last page is turned”)
The Spiral Tower of Inky Doom, July 31, 2016 (“Wertman brings what I have always thought of as the ‘dull and simple’ queen to beautiful light, breathing personality, honour and duty to Jane’s background and time in court.”)
Open Letters Monthly, January 1, 2017 (“In her remarkable debut novel, Janet Wertman comes as close to capturing this elusive figure as any novelist has yet done.”)
Historical Novels Review, February 2017. (“A touching and insightful reading experience”)
Wanna read a sample? I do have the “Look Inside” feature activated on Amazon, but when I first announced the publication date I also included a relevant excerpt. “Easter Sunday 1536 – and 2016!” lets you see a snippet from about halfway through the book – it was the day on which Jane Seymour got her own apartments at court…just before she had to retire from them so that the investigation against Anne Boleyn could begin.