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Amanda
Compulsive Reader
Location: Sydney, Australia

Postby Amanda » Thu February 11th, 2010, 12:54 am

I just got home from the shops, and I saw a HF book in Target that I knew nothing about. THought I had better read some reviews first.....

It's by Susan Wiggs and is called At the King's Command. It is the first in the Tudor rose series. Has anyone read it, or anything by her? Looks like she is a romance writer.

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Misfit
Bibliomaniac
Location: Seattle, WA

Postby Misfit » Thu February 11th, 2010, 1:15 am

"Amanda" wrote:I just got home from the shops, and I saw a HF book in Target that I knew nothing about. THought I had better read some reviews first.....

It's by Susan Wiggs and is called At the King's Command. It is the first in the Tudor rose series. Has anyone read it, or anything by her? Looks like she is a romance writer.


I had seen these and was thinking about reading them. I noticed some mention at the Amazon reviews that these were new editions with a different pub and names (why, why do they do that??). From the author's website,
At the Queen's Summons
(originally published as DANCING ON AIR 1996)
Tudor Rose Book 3
October 2009


ISBN: 9780778326885

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The Maiden's Hand, (originally published as VOWS MADE IN WINE 1995)
Tudor Rose Book 2
RITA finalist
September 2009


ISBN: 9780778327394

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At the King's Command, (originally published as CIRCLE IN THE WATER 1994)
Tudor Rose Book 1
August 2009


ISBN: 9780778327387

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Ariadne
Bibliophile
Location: At the foothills of Mt. Level

Postby Ariadne » Thu February 11th, 2010, 1:54 am

Kings and queens in the title... yep, that's what sells. I much prefer the originals!

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Misfit
Bibliomaniac
Location: Seattle, WA

Postby Misfit » Thu February 11th, 2010, 2:36 am

"Ariadne" wrote:Kings and queens in the title... yep, that's what sells. I much prefer the originals!


Yeah, but the backfire when readers end up buying something they already own/have read. Although I guess since they've already made a fast buck they dont' care.
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annis
Bibliomaniac

Postby annis » Thu February 11th, 2010, 2:44 am

Posted by Ariadne
Kings and queens in the title... yep, that's what sells. I much prefer the originals!


Just noticed that Vanora Bennett's "Figures in Silk" has acquired the title "Queen of Silks"-- maybe this is a US title?

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Ariadne
Bibliophile
Location: At the foothills of Mt. Level

Postby Ariadne » Thu February 11th, 2010, 3:24 am

"annis" wrote:Just noticed that Vanora Bennett's "Figures in Silk" has acquired the title "Queen of Silks"-- maybe this is a US title?


Figures in Silk is the US title too. I think the UK publisher changed the title to Queen of Silks when it came out in paperback there.

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Vanessa
Bibliomaniac
Currently reading: A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee & The Blue by Nancy Bilyeau (Pigeonhole)
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favorite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Postby Vanessa » Thu February 11th, 2010, 8:25 am

Yes, Queen of Silks is the UK title. I have it on my TBR pile.

I have a Susan Wiggs book on my TBR pile, too - The Drifter.
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Tanzanite
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Location: Northern Virginia
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Postby Tanzanite » Thu March 11th, 2010, 12:31 am

Does anyone know anything about books by William Harrison Ainsworth? In my search for obscure books (it's a sickness...) I ran across his name and it looks like he wrote a bunch of "romances" in the mid 1800's. On lark I bought a lot of 5 of them on ebay - very old editions (no year is indicated in any of the books but they were printed "for subscribers only" with beautiful illustrations in them. One of them is about Jane Shore and another about Henry VIII.

annis
Bibliomaniac

Postby annis » Thu March 11th, 2010, 12:54 am

Posted by Tanzanite
Does anyone know anything about books by William Harrison Ainsworth?


I haven't read any, but he was a contemporary of Dickens and Bulwer-Lytton, and wrote in the romantic adventure style of Sir Walter Scott, so "romance" here is meant in the original sense. I suspect they might be a bit OTT in style.
http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/ainsworth/bio.html

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Jemidar
Avid Reader
Location: Adelaide, Australia

Postby Jemidar » Thu March 11th, 2010, 10:00 am

"Amanda" wrote:It's by Susan Wiggs and is called At the King's Command. It is the first in the Tudor rose series. Has anyone read it, or anything by her? Looks like she is a romance writer.



Yes, she's a romance writer and from the blurbs they seem light on historical details and heavy on the romance. There are three in this re-issued series and although I never thought I'd EVER say this about anything remotely Tudor related...I think I'll give these a miss :eek: .

I know quite a few people who love and recommend Susan Wiggs' books, but they are avid romance readers so I don't know if they have wider appeal. Never read one myself so I couldn't really say.
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