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Top Pick! Review of Jane the Quene by Janet Wertman

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by Amy R. Biddle

The Rundown

It’s 1535 and Jane Seymour is fully aware that the only way she will have a place in England’s society is to find a respectable suitor. Any suitor would do, but Jane’s sister is the one who gets all the attention, and nasty Anne Boleyn is out to ruin her life with nasty back-handed gossip. Jane hopes that if she keeps her head down and works hard for her family, that her brother will help her find a husband. But it feels as though no one is rooting for her. Until, that is, she catches the eye of the king.

Before she has time to think about the consequences, Jane is pulled into the drama of the court where she finds herself the center of attention – and jealousy. Her youth and innocence, which attracted the King’s attention in the first place, makes it difficult to navigate her new position. Jane tries to keep her head high and do the right thing, but she quickly finds herself acting in ways she once found despicable, in order to survive.

Now the most powerful woman in England, Jane is full of fear and remorse. She is expected to produce an heir, something the last two queens failed at. The King may be a gentleman to her now, but if she cannot fulfill her duties, she fears she may be tossed aside, exiled or even murdered. While the rest of the world envies her, Jane must wrestle, alone, with her conscience and the uncertainty of her future.


The Recommendation

Well executed and thoroughly researched, Jane the Quene is for romance lovers and history buffs alike. One part romantic drama and two parts historic fiction, Jane the Quene follows innocent Jane Seymour as she goes from the plain girl who keeps her head down to the center of of attention and power. Janet Wertman delivers pages of beautiful prose in a well-researched first book. And it doesn’t stop here! Readers can expect to gobble up more courtly intrigue as the saga continues.


The Rating Selected as a Top Pick!

Top Pick! 5 Stars (out of five): Freaking amazing. Any agent or publishing house that passed this one up made a big mistake. It was selected by our reviewer as a personal favorite. This is also a nomination for our Novel of the Year award.

The Pros & Cons

Pros: Believable, Plot, Strong World-Building
Cons: Character Developement

The Links

More about Jane the Quene on UBR

The Reviewer

Amy R. Biddle

Amy Biddle is co-founder and managing editor of Underground Book Reviews. Her debut novel, The Atheist’s Prayer, is a dark comedy about a fairy-worshiping suicide cult. She is most at home in the Blue Ridge Mountains or surrounded by the great blue sea.

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