Sunday, March 30, 2014


Mistress Mary Shelton was Queen Elizabeth’s cousin (Anne Boleyn line) and the new queen’s ward since the age of three, when Mary became an orphan - and  Elizabeth had just turned twenty-five at the time.  The queen loved Mary and truly treated her as her own daughter.

Brought up in the most royal entourage- with lessons in dance, music, languages, embroidering- Mary was Elizabeth’s pride and joy. Along with these privileges though came the attachment of a nonnegotiable marriage arrangement.  As dear and obliging and forever the apple of Elizabeth’s eye, Mary would ultimately disappoint by plotting against the queen by making her own marital choice…

QUEEN ELIZABETH’S DAUGHTER is a refreshing new take on the Tudor’s.  Barnhill takes us through Elizabeth’s life to yet another side that I was pleasantly unaware of.  I particularly loved that Elizabeth actually had a caring ‘motherly’ side to her (something I honestly thought impossible).  

Historical purist will revel in the incredible detail in this book.  I’m talking fashion, beauty care regimens, setting and all the little details that help pull together with delicious accuracy the essence and real- to- life feel of the Elizabethan times.  I can especially say that of all the details I enjoyed most were those of Elizabeth’s summer travels.

I commend Barnhill for writing this descriptive and captivating novel which shows a different side of Elizabeth- the nurturing one (oh but don’t be fooled- the book is also filled with all the historical intricacies, plots and politics that prevailed).   

Another bonus:  The fact that the author herself is a direct descendant of Mary Shelton certainly adds to stir interest in her writing and research process.  Can you imagine the trail of tid-bits, info and tales she must have learned about her ancestors?

If you’re interested in finding out more- stay tuned tomorrow for Anne Clinard Barnhill’s Interview here at HF Book Muse News!

Publication Date: March 18, 2014
St. Martin’s Griffin
Paperback; 320p
ISBN-10: 0312662122

Mistress Mary Shelton is Queen Elizabeth’s favorite ward, enjoying every privilege the position affords. The queen loves Mary like a daughter, and, like any good mother, she wants her to make a powerful match. The most likely prospect: Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford. But while Oxford seems to be everything the queen admires: clever, polished and wealthy, Mary knows him to be lecherous, cruel, and full of treachery. No matter how hard the queen tries to push her into his arms, Mary refuses.
Instead, Mary falls in love with a man who is completely unsuitable. Sir John Skydemore is a minor knight with little money, a widower with five children. Worst of all, he’s a Catholic at a time when Catholic plots against Elizabeth are rampant. The queen forbids Mary to wed the man she loves. When the young woman, who is the queen’s own flesh and blood, defies her, the couple finds their very lives in danger as Elizabeth’s wrath knows no bounds.

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About the Author

Anne Clinard Barnhill has been writing or dreaming of writing for most of her life. For the past twenty years, she has published articles, book and theater reviews, poetry, and short stories. Her first book, AT HOME IN THE LAND OF OZ, recalls what it was like growing up with an autistic sister. Her work has won various awards and grants. Barnhill holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Besides writing, Barnhill also enjoys teaching, conducting writing workshops, and facilitating seminars to enhance creativity. She loves spending time with her three grown sons and their families. For fun, she and her husband of thirty years, Frank, take long walks and play bridge. In rare moments, they dance.
For more information, please visit Anne Clinard Barnhill’s website. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.

Virtual Book Tour Schedule

Monday, March 10
Review at Words and Peace
Review & Giveaway at Peeking Between the Pages

Wednesday, March 12
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Review at CelticLady’s Reviews

Thursday, March 13
Review at Book Lovers Paradise

Friday, March 14
Review at The Lit Bitch

Monday, March 17
Review at The True Book Addict
Feature & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, March 18
Spotlight & Interview at Flashlight Commentary

Wednesday, March 19
Review at One Book at a Time

Thursday, March 20
Review at Book-alicious Mama

Friday, March 21
Review at So Many Books, So Little Time

Monday, March 24
Review at Scandalous Women
Review at She is Too Fond of Books

Tuesday, March 25
Review at Oh, For the Hook of a Book

Wednesday, March 26
Interview at Oh, For the Hook of a Book

Thursday, March 27
Review at Book of Secrets

Friday, March 28
Review at The Musings of ALMYBNENR

Monday, March 31
Review at HF Book Muse – News
Review & Giveaway at WTF Are You Reading?

Tuesday, April 1
Interview at HF Book Muse – News

Thursday, April 3
Review at Books in the Burbs

Friday, April 4
Review at Griperang’s Bookmarks

Monday, April 7
Review at Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews

Tuesday, April 8
Review at A Bookish Affair

Wednesday, April 9
Interview & Giveaway at A Bookish Affair

Thursday, April 10
Review at The Most Happy Reader

Friday, April 11
Review at Silver’s Reviews

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