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Kathryn In the Court of Six Queens by Anne Merton Abbey

tsjmom
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Postby tsjmom » Sun April 3rd, 2011, 5:02 pm

Just finished this and gave it 5/5. It was long but so worth it. Enjoyed it immensely!

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Misfit
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Postby Misfit » Fri November 11th, 2011, 3:49 am

Couple of copies going for a penny plus S&H.
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Leyland
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Postby Leyland » Fri November 11th, 2011, 1:10 pm

"Misfit" wrote:Couple of copies going for a penny plus S&H.


Thanks for the heads up, Misfit! I got the last one just now :)
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nona
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Location: Oklahoma

Postby nona » Sat February 11th, 2012, 5:17 pm

I must have a short in my brain as I bought this book almost two years ago, thanks Misfit for the ebay heads up, and still have not had the pleasure of reading it. *Note to self read soon*

Come to think on it I have a never ending TBR mountain the I may never reach the top in my lifetime as I tend to buy three books to the one currently being read at the time. lol, yes I can say I might have a problem.

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Margaret
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Postby Margaret » Thu July 5th, 2012, 3:22 am

For those who have enjoyed Kathryn: In the Court of Six Queens, I've discovered Anne Merton Abbey is a pen name for Jean Brooks-Janowiak, who also writes historical novels under the pen names Janice Young Brooks and Valerie Vayle, as well as contemporary novels under a number of other pen names. See this post at Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/313240.Janice_Young_Brooks.

Does anyone else think her style is a bit reminiscent of Anya Seton? Seton's novels were perhaps more meticulously faithful in regard to historical details, but there's a similar focus on a woman's life over a long stretch of time, which incorporates romance without making it the centerpiece of the story.
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Misfit
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Postby Misfit » Thu July 5th, 2012, 12:10 pm

"Margaret" wrote:For those who have enjoyed Kathryn: In the Court of Six Queens, I've discovered Anne Merton Abbey is a pen name for Jean Brooks-Janowiak, who also writes historical novels under the pen names Janice Young Brooks and Valerie Vayle, as well as contemporary novels under a number of other pen names. See this post at Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/313240.Janice_Young_Brooks.

Does anyone else think her style is a bit reminiscent of Anya Seton? Seton's novels were perhaps more meticulously faithful in regard to historical details, but there's a similar focus on a woman's life over a long stretch of time, which incorporates romance without making it the centerpiece of the story.


I knew she had a pen name, but not that she also wrote under Janice Young Brooks. I've read several under that name. A mixed bag, 3-4 star range, although I would recommend Guests of the Emperor and Seventrees (if you can find it cheap).
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Amanda
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Postby Amanda » Fri July 6th, 2012, 1:28 am

I read Guests of the Emperor so many years ago, and I remember that I really enjoyed it and made sure my mum read it too. I'm sure it is still on the bookshelf at mum and dads!

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Postby annis » Fri July 6th, 2012, 4:56 am

She did paranormal romances too, back in the day, well before they became currently fashionable.I still have my 1982 copy of Winter Lord (written as Jean Brooks-Janowiak).

Must add the blurb for a taste of breathless, forbidden passion:

"Did this man who roused her to undreamed of ecstacies seek to satisfy a sensual hunger as great as her own newfound erotic appetite?

Did this man answer the love that consumed her with a love of his own?

Or did her want her for something else?

Something she dared not imagine?

Janr O'Neill was swept up in a love affair that passed all human bounds - to become a pawn in a vast and awesome game with the key to a power beyond all mortal ken as prize..."

OMG, did I really read this -er- stuff?

Actually I think I'm having a Groundhog Day moment here - I'm sure we had this same discussion a couple of years back :)

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Margaret
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Postby Margaret » Tue July 10th, 2012, 3:37 am

Winter Lord sounds like a real Christmas plum!

I finished reading Kathryn: In the Court of Six Queens (an Interlibrary Loan copy - the new copy at Amazon right now is going for $260+, although there are reasonably priced used copies). I suspended disbelief and quite enjoyed it. The flavor, I think, is reminiscent of some of Anya Seton's novels, focusing on the many dramas of a woman's life - romance, but also friendship, children, navigating the treacherous waters of a male dominated society, and so on, with a little pagan mysticism thrown in. I've posted a review at HistoricalNovels.info.
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Postby Helen_Davis » Tue February 5th, 2013, 4:57 am

"Misfit" wrote:I know, I just got lucky and some dumb bunny listed it for $5.

As far as EC, I don't think they'll drop until they are republished in the US. Check out Amazon Canada or the Book Depository. BD has free shipping but I'm not sure how well the exchange rate would compare to ordering from CA and paying shipping. Abebooks has some US sellers that import her books, thus paying no exchange rate but still a few bucks shipping.


BUMP. I got mine for a penny! :D

Anyway, I find this book overrated. Well done and a favorite but overrated. Anne Boleyn and Anne of Cleves are two of my favorite queens and I despised her portrayals of both. I still like it though.
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