This has been a fun week featuring Notorious Royal Marriages by Leslie Carroll on my blog, as well as the other blogging members of Historical Fiction Bloggers Round Table. If you have been following HFBRT's bloggers with their book reviews, author interviews, creative posts and author guest posts you have been enriched by stories, art work and getting to know Ms. Carroll.
I personally have enjoyed the guest interviews with Ms. Carroll, she is a spunky, witty gal who definitely knows her royal history. I have also enjoyed reading NRM. I am a big fan of well written non-fiction and this book was like dessert a little something sweet to top off your meal. 31 luscious stories about royal couples and their marital secrets. Each chapter is a different story. I love this type of book, much like one of my favorite authors, James Herriott in his All Creatures Great and Small series. You can pick it up and begin at any chapter and it's a story with in itself. This way the book can sit by your bedside and you can read a chapter a night or week or whatever. Ms. Carroll writes in a no nonsense kind of way. She gets to the point without a lot of unnecessary fru fru.
She is a witty and charming author. From the stories that I have read so far I have learned a great deal that I didn't know. In particular about Juana (the mad) and her husband Philip the Handsome and Edward VIII and his wife Wallis Simpson. This is a great reference book as well. My daughter is working on a project concerning the French Revolution and she found the chapter in NRM about Louis XVI and Marie most interesting and informative. I have learned much about the individuals themselves, their time period as well as their marriages and families.
Here's your chance to win a copy of this great book. For my followers who are not much into royal fiction and prefer the "true facts" this really is up your ally. Don't miss out on this one. It' s a keeper in any body's library.
To enter, just leave a comment and a thank-you for Ms. Carroll's gracious participation this week. Sorry this one is good for USA residents only.
Contest ends: Jan 23, 2010
Notorious Royal Marriages by Lesile Carroll