Title: Royal Inheritance
Author: Kate Emerson
Series: Secrets of the Tudor Court
Previous Books in the Series:
1. The Pleasure Palace
2. Between Two Queens
3. By Royal Decree
4. At the King’s Pleasure
5. The King’s Damsel
Date Started: June 25
Date Finished: June 26
Format: Paperback from library co-op
Out of all the books in this series, Royal Inheritance is definitely one of the strangest. The book begins in 1556 with Audrey instructing her daughter to pose for her portrait. The daughter – Hester – is very restless and won’t sit still unless her mother tells her a story of the time she met King Henry. Audrey does in fact tell her daughter the story and even something a little bit more. As it turns out, Audrey is a bastard of Henry’s. Not that she knew that when she was a child. In fact, she didn’t know that until the king had died. This is the story of how she tried to figure out her true parentage and what the burden of living with a royal inheritance is.
Emerson has a craft for storytelling, but I have to say I wasn’t all that impressed with the sixth and final installment of the Secrets of the Tudor Court series. Audrey is a very cookie-cutter character of women back in that age, and her only two plights – finding out if she is or isn’t King Henry’s illegitimate daughter and fending off a horrible marriage proposal – are somewhat unoriginal. Even her brief flirtation with Jack her music instructor left me feeling a little bit blah. The problem I think was the fact that every so often, Audrey from 1556 would stop her ‘story’ and somethings that hadn’t happened in her tale were kind of ruined by current Audrey’s events. Like the fact that Jack and Audrey aren’t in love and he’s actually with a mistress.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. Not all that impressive and the future/past narrator was actually kind of annoying.
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