*FREE EBOOK ⇨ Betrayal in the Tudor Court ↛ Ebook or Kindle ePUB free

Another story set during the perilous times of the Tudor court, the reign of Henry VIII In truth, there are so many stories that can be told about the people who were affected by his actions The people in The Sumerton Women are no exception Ms Bogdan has taken these lives and brought them vividly to life, amid an accurate historical setting.The characters are real and it became easy to become emotionally invested, especially with Cecily Her story begins as an orphaned child, but she soon gr Another story set during the perilous times of the Tudor court, the reign of Henry VIII In truth, there are so many stories that can be told about the people who were affected by his actions The people in The Sumerton Women are no exception Ms Bogdan has taken these lives and brought them vividly to life, amid an accurate historical setting.The characters are real and it became easy to become emotionally invested, especially with Cecily Her story begins as an orphaned child, but she soon grows into a strong young lady who must face decisions that she never dreamed of facing And she does so with grace and love In fact, that is the key to the character of Cecily She is the embodiment of love In the discussion questions at the back of the book, this question is asked, Who in this novel would you describe as being closest to God Unequivocally, it is Cecily Her kindness and strength, her selfless love for all, are the virtues I believe God treasures in a person.Mirabella, the daughter who learns a heartbreaking truth and who is the one who it seemed had an early calling to God, is in fact the farthest from him I say this because of her pride and judgement of others While it is admirable that she sought to serve God, in truth it was her own peace that she was seeking, not her desire to serve and help others In her realization of this truth, she becomes evenzealous in her religious fervor When she is thrust from her vocation due to the dissolution of the Catholic religious houses, she embarks on a treacherous journey that causes much strife in the lives of her family and her own.And then there is Father Alec Cahill, a priest who is conflicted in his religious convictions and in his role as a priest and wanting to live life as a real man Thrown in the midst of the tempestuous court of Henry VIII in his service to Archbishop Cranmer, Father Alec is really at the center of The Sumerton Women s religious story He is a pivotal character with whom the reader can very much relate.Ultimately, The Sumerton Women is a well researched and thought provoking historical novel Not only do we feel for the characters and their experiences, we also gain insight into how so many lives were affected by the actions of Henry VIII, and not just the lives at court Sumerton Women begins with a girl of eight, Cecily, suddenly orphaned when her entire family dies of an illness She becomes a ward of the Sumerton family, where she experiences mostly suffering and loss with a few breaks for happiness Every relationship is touched by sadness or tragedy or misunderstanding, and although Cecily manages to bring new life to the family, after a while she gets sucked into it herself and the brightness that she brings to the story dulls, especially in the last half Sumerton Women begins with a girl of eight, Cecily, suddenly orphaned when her entire family dies of an illness She becomes a ward of the Sumerton family, where she experiences mostly suffering and loss with a few breaks for happiness Every relationship is touched by sadness or tragedy or misunderstanding, and although Cecily manages to bring new life to the family, after a while she gets sucked into it herself and the brightness that she brings to the story dulls, especially in the last half when her falsely pious sister takes center stage.The story takes place during the reign of Henry VIII, and the family is affected by Henry s whims, their potential fortunes shifting with each of his wives With a nun whose Priory is dissolved and a priest who welcomes the chance for reforms, the consequences of Henry s attitudes towards the Church become personal I enjoyed the opposing viewpoints of the Catholics vs the Reformists, both falling on dangerous times What I almost couldn t bear was the bitter, self righteous vengefulness of the daughter who continually ruins everyone s lives and is spiritual for all the wrong reasons.This was an emotional story full of tragedy, loss and bitterness It was engrossing, but too often depressing There were at least a couple breaks from the despair, and the historical aspect was interesting enough, so I decided to raise my rating to two stars I m a bit of a broken record, but I m tired of the Tudors However, this Tudor fic entertained me with its focus on one family s response to Henry VIII s break with Rome The Sumerton clan, seemingly blessed with love, health, and wealth, is actually wracked with secrets and guilt and pain Cecily Burkhart, orphaned at 8, moves in with the Sumertons and finds herself mostly happily with her new family Quickly, however, she sees their sunny facades hide real tragedy, made worse when Henry VIII m I m a bit of a broken record, but I m tired of the Tudors However, this Tudor fic entertained me with its focus on one family s response to Henry VIII s break with Rome The Sumerton clan, seemingly blessed with love, health, and wealth, is actually wracked with secrets and guilt and pain Cecily Burkhart, orphaned at 8, moves in with the Sumertons and finds herself mostly happily with her new family Quickly, however, she sees their sunny facades hide real tragedy, made worse when Henry VIII makes himself head of a new church in England.I really loved this Tudor angle, and for a book that has a huge religious bent to it, the story is neither overly philosophical or cheese ily inspirational In fact, there s a crazy tawdriness to the plot twists, reminding me a bit of Phillipa Gregory, with spoiler here so don t read on if you want to be surprised the heroine marrying her foster father, a beloved priest marrying his student.My only complaint, perhaps, is that our heroine, Cecily, was a bit much for me she was one of those preternaturally gorgeous heroines that everyone responds to, smart and sweet and gentle and talented so I found myself rolling my eyes every time she swept on stage She was such a pill I actually found myself rooting for the arch villainess, Mirabella, her foster sister The plot twists and dramatic developments were non stop, and for me, a bit discomforting although potentially historically accurate.As escapist historical fiction, this is a winner the drama is non stop I don t know if any of these characters are based on historical figures, or just inventions of Bogdan, but I really loved this angle of Tudor fic, even if the plot twists verged on Gothic The writing style is great easy, breezy, fun and I was sucked in immediately I can t attest to the historical accuracy but for speed and escapism, this one doesn t fail Cecily Burkhart is eight years old when she joins the Sumerton household after tragically losing both her parents to illness Resilient and cheerfully optimistic, her presence brings much needed felicity to the topically common, yet secretive family As time passes, Cecily learns why the castle is run by a skeleton staff and the Earl and Countess live mostly separate lives All the while, Father Alec, who serves as chaplain and tutor, keeps the children occupied with lessons and outdoor activiti Cecily Burkhart is eight years old when she joins the Sumerton household after tragically losing both her parents to illness Resilient and cheerfully optimistic, her presence brings much needed felicity to the topically common, yet secretive family As time passes, Cecily learns why the castle is run by a skeleton staff and the Earl and Countess live mostly separate lives All the while, Father Alec, who serves as chaplain and tutor, keeps the children occupied with lessons and outdoor activities, striving for a modicum of normalcy.Thirteen year old Mirabella is fanatically Catholic and dreams of becoming a nun at the local convent, Sumerton Abbey She is full of lectures and fiercely obstinate, especially toward Lady Grace, the Countess The son and heir, Brey, is Cecily s playmate and companion but life at Sumerton is soon to be torn apart, a parallel to the events happening in England Henry VIII s break with Rome and marriage to Anne Boleyn.This story follows the Sumertons through many years and much turmoil though interlaced with heartwarming moments as well Without giving too much away which is extremely hard with this particular read I will just say that I was completely immersed in this book from beginning to end Not only are the characters genuine and mostly endearing, but the setting and historical details are immaculate Emotionally charged scenes and believable twists accompany the characters through an unforgettable ending This book is a prime example why D L Bogdan is one of my favorite Tudor novelists I was lucky enough to receive signed copy of D.L Bogdan s Sumerton Women before the novel s release date 24 April 2012.Hm, where do I start First of all The Sumerton Women is now officially my favourite historical novel so far It has everything great storyline, vivid characters and historical background Lady Cecily Burkhart s parents died due to Sweating Sickness that ravaged England in 1527 Orphaned as eight year old girl, Cecily becomes ward to the Pierce family Although Cecily I was lucky enough to receive signed copy of D.L Bogdan s Sumerton Women before the novel s release date 24 April 2012.Hm, where do I start First of all The Sumerton Women is now officially my favourite historical novel so far It has everything great storyline, vivid characters and historical background Lady Cecily Burkhart s parents died due to Sweating Sickness that ravaged England in 1527 Orphaned as eight year old girl, Cecily becomes ward to the Pierce family Although Cecily grieves after her beloved parents, she quickly adapts to new environment and she grows to love her new family She becomes a spark of sunshine in Pierce s life, and although at the beginning they seem a happy family, Cecily slowly discovers their dark and painful secrets Lord Harold Hal Pierce, The Earl of Sumerton, is a kind and loving man He shares an uneasy relationship with his wife Grace, who drowns her sorrows in wine Their marriage is strained by a painful secret, but I will not reveal what kind of secret it is I don t want to spoil your joy of reading the story Then there are Hal s and Grace s children Cecily s age mate Brey and consumed with desire to become a nun Mirabella Brey is a lively child who quickly develops friendship with Cecily Mirabella from the other hand is a quick witted girl, so intensely devoted to Church, resenting all the earthly joys And finally there is Father Alec Cahill, the children s beloved tutor and family s spiritual support He is a young priest who develops an interest in so called New Learning that quickly spreads though England as the King Henry VIII s love for Anne Boleyn increases As an heiress of huge fortune and lands, Cecily becomes engaged to Brey They develop a beautiful friendship and once Cecily realizes how happy she will be as Brey s future wife, she finds her inner peace and stability But when the tragedy strucks, everything changes for Cecily and the whole Pierce family Now, I would like to avoid describing the events in the book, but I am telling you the story is so wonderful and so surprising at times, that you will easily get soaked into it D.L.Bogdan s novel has so many layers you think you know how the story will develop, but when it unfolds before your eyes many new twists and turns are leaving you astonished and craving forThis book is a real page turner and I must say that D.L Bogdan created a beautiful tale about eternal love, friendship, pain, betrayal, passion and simple, human need of being loved The novel is very carefully researched I loved D.L Bogdan s portrayal of the Tudor court There are glimpses at Anne Boleyn, woman who stirred so many emotions from Cecily s admiration to Mirabella s hatred Later in the novel, Father Alec joins Archbishop Cranmer s household and it was a wonderful chance to learn about Cranmer s views through Father Alec s eyes What I love about this novel is the fact, that we are able to see many Tudor characters though eyes of novel characters For example Cecily admires Anne Boleyn s strength while Mirabella is burning with hatred against New Learning and Anne herself The Summerton Women is a great read, and simply magnificent family saga set in a time of crucial changes in the reign of the Tudor kings D.L Bogdan s style of writing is amazing she pays such a close attention to details The settings were described so vividly that I almost felt the smell of fresh country air, and with eyes of my imagination I was able to see the Sumerton Castle Characters were living their own life on pages of this novel, and I literally felt part of their family Lady Cecily matured before my eyes from an orphaned girl she became a lady in her own right, a wife and a mother Cecily is such a lovable character Other characters are also very enjoyable and I must say that two of them deserve a special mention Mirabella who hides her own desires under the fa ade of divine calling, and Father Alec who is an intelligent and kind man Every single character in this book has its own story to tell In the end of the novel I felt quite sad because it was over When I finished reading, I felt as if a dear friend was departing This is how powerful impact this beautiful story had on me I found it really fascinating that the lives of fictional characters ware intertwined with life of real historic figures We have a glimpse on Anne Boleyn, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, Jane Seymour, Lady Mary Tudor, Robert Aske, even king Henry VIII himself, and manyThe Summerton Women will be published April 24 2012 I heartily recommend you this amazing novel Tedious soap opera set in Tudor England.Lady Cecily grows fom orphan to perfect little Mary Sue type character Of course she is stunningly beautiful with teal eyes and red gold hair.Father Alec reminds me of Father Ralph from the Thorn Birds devoted to his calling but in love with the perfectly beautiful Cecily.The fly in the honey is Mirabella a one dimensional evil character.The whole book was trite.Characters conveniently die to make way for a HEA.I do not recommend it it was a shallo Tedious soap opera set in Tudor England.Lady Cecily grows fom orphan to perfect little Mary Sue type character Of course she is stunningly beautiful with teal eyes and red gold hair.Father Alec reminds me of Father Ralph from the Thorn Birds devoted to his calling but in love with the perfectly beautiful Cecily.The fly in the honey is Mirabella a one dimensional evil character.The whole book was trite.Characters conveniently die to make way for a HEA.I do not recommend it it was a shallow read Am I the only one who didn t like this book It constantly seemed to be ending and then dragged out for a little longer The main character that this book opens up is then relegated to the edges It feels fractured and almost aimless We build up towards Cecily and Brey s life, preparing them to deal with an alcoholic Grace and gambling Hal then PLOT TWIST Brey and Grace are dead and suddenly Cecily s married the man she s looked up to as a father, without barely a complaint Mirabella s abrasiv Am I the only one who didn t like this book It constantly seemed to be ending and then dragged out for a little longer The main character that this book opens up is then relegated to the edges It feels fractured and almost aimless We build up towards Cecily and Brey s life, preparing them to deal with an alcoholic Grace and gambling Hal then PLOT TWIST Brey and Grace are dead and suddenly Cecily s married the man she s looked up to as a father, without barely a complaint Mirabella s abrasive nature isn t exactly eased by living in a convent and she s confusing her crush on the family priest for love of God easy mistake, being a teenage girl is hard it doesn t matter what era you re living in It s a badly made tapestry of Tudor life, the rents in this woven picture are unsightly, covered with domesticity of a roller coaster ish family.All the while, the story that s mentioned on the back of the covers seems thoroughly impossible with the number of pages I ve got left and I m fearing it s going to be rushed after the incredibly slow build up I ve already had to endure.There isn t one central point and while many may argue that this is what life in the Tudor period was like we seemed to skip through a few queens without nothingthan brief paragraph on each woman s downfall Within the space of ten or so pages we ve gone from Jane Seymour s death to Catherine Howard s death That s quite a chunk of Tudor history that just skips past and the time framing doesn t seem entirely obvious However I am only a certain way through, so I m willing to tolerate reading this until I reach the end We ll see if my mind is changed.Okay I m back and well it picked up but stillnot a fan There s not muchI can add to that, it s ending was a little off and I ll leave it as a two star review instead of my original one but it s not a book I ll re read *FREE EBOOK ⇻ Betrayal in the Tudor Court ☔ Orphaned at age eight, Lady Cecily Burkhart becomes the ward of Harold Pierce, Earl of Sumerton Lord Hal and his wife, Lady Grace, welcome sweet natured Cecily as one of their own With Brey, their young son, Cecily develops an easy friendship But their daughter, Mirabella, is consumed by her religious vocation and by her devotion to Father Alec Cahill, the family priest and tutorAs Henry VIII s obsession with Anne Boleyn leads to violent religious upheaval, Mirabella is robbed of her calling and the future Cecily dreamed of is ripped away in turn Cecily struggles to hold together the fractured household while she and Father Alec grapple with a dangerous mutual attraction Plagued with jealousy, Mirabella unleashes a tumultuous chain of events that threatens to destroy everyone around her, even as the kingdom is torn apart At its core, this story is really about family What makes a family and how we interact with those in our family Cecily is lucky enough to be taken in as a ward of Lord Hal and Lady Grace She is put in a very good position where she may not have been if she was still with her own family The fate of Cecily becomes inextricably linked with Hal and Grace s family even though they are not her blood family Even though the book is told from a third person point of view, I thought it was sort of in At its core, this story is really about family What makes a family and how we interact with those in our family Cecily is lucky enough to be taken in as a ward of Lord Hal and Lady Grace She is put in a very good position where she may not have been if she was still with her own family The fate of Cecily becomes inextricably linked with Hal and Grace s family even though they are not her blood family Even though the book is told from a third person point of view, I thought it was sort of interesting to see how wardship sort of worked It seems so many times, there is such a big focus on blood and blood relations that it was interesting to see that things didn t always happen that way This is the first book that talked about wardship that I can remember reading While this book takes place during the Tudor era, there isn t much of the Tudors in the book Princess Mary appears in the book and the events surrounding Henry VIII are discussed but no one appears in the book besides Princess Mary This isn t a criticism but for someone looking for another tale of the Tudor court, you aren t going to find it here All of the different changes that were occurring in society definitely are present in the book Reformation plays a huge role in this book The family story is really the star of this book It s the alliances they make, the secrets they keep, and the decision they choose I do wish that I knewabout Mirabella s decisions and why she decided to do things the way that she did She doesn t seem to think anything through Bottom line historical fiction lovers will love this new take on such an infamous era in English history Set against the backdrop of religious turmoil during Henry VIII s reign, this book had all the marks of a great read interesting characters, internal and external conflicts and fascinating historical period However, the execution was less than desirable I never got into any of the characters, who seemed flat and in the case of the main heroine, Cecily, very one dimensional I get it She is gorgeous, sweet tempered and kind hearted, but honestly, you never get a sense of what she is really th Set against the backdrop of religious turmoil during Henry VIII s reign, this book had all the marks of a great read interesting characters, internal and external conflicts and fascinating historical period However, the execution was less than desirable I never got into any of the characters, who seemed flat and in the case of the main heroine, Cecily, very one dimensional I get it She is gorgeous, sweet tempered and kind hearted, but honestly, you never get a sense of what she is really thinking about the enormous political and religious changes happening all around her Her notion that they nothing can doing about the outside world and that they should focus on life at Summerton seem like a cop out for the writer Aside from the dangers of childbirth, no one was ever in mortal danger so there was none of the underlying tension that would expect to find in a historical fiction set in this time period Even though I love melodrama, I found that that without fully developed characters and a sense of danger and intrigue, the plot twists in the storyline are simply too many and too annoying