This would probably be more along the lines of a 4.5 stars, but anyway...This book is a quick read.I thoroughly enjoyed this book about Princess Mary, Henry VIII youngest sister. It reminded me why I love Jean Plaidy's books. I have read about Mary in the "sidelines" of other books, but never one just about her. I enjoyed learning about her and also more about 2 of France's Kings. She is very headstrong and playful, not unlike her brother and grandfather (King Edward). Her last name may be Tudor but it seems she may have favored her mothers side of the family more than her fathers. She is an intersting lady, and now I am curious about her children and her last husband...Shelly Benson
I definitely wish this book was longer. It was interesting in the middle of the story because it felt more like a story of King Louis than Mary. I enjoyed learning more about him, don't get me wrong. I realize we need to be exposed to him to understand Mary, just seemed to confuse me about who I was reading about!Gail Amendt
I have read a lot about the Tudors, and have always been curious about Henry VIII's younger sister Mary, who was married off to the elderly King of France for political reasons, was quickly widowed, and then married the man of her own choosing. In an age when royal princesses were used as political pawns and never chose their own husbands, this made her a very rare creature. In most fiction about the Tudors, she appears as a minor character and this story is only briefly touched on, so I was glad to find that Jean Plaidy dedicated a book to Mary's story. As with all Plaidy's royal novels, this is a great history lesson made more readable by telling it as a personal story. I found the character development in this one to be little better than Plaidy's norm, and I found myself feeling that I really did know Mary by the end. I would have liked a somewhat longer novel so that we could have explored more of her husband Charles Brandon's character as well, but I suspect that the historical records do not contain enough material to allow this, and Jean Plaidy is known for diligent research and a high degree of accuracy. She does a very good job of explaining the political situation in France that resulted in Mary's marriage to a sick old man. No matter how much I read about the Tudors and other royals of that time, I am still shocked by the complete lack of autonomy for women, and have to really admire Mary Tudor for taking control of her own life against the wishes of her tyrannical brother.Darlene Fife rogers
So far the shortest Plaidy book I have read. I did enjoy the switch from a first person narrative to a third person narrative. Written more like a play with sections of the book labeled as scenes. Over all a good story that allows you to get to know the charters.Daylin
I liked this book for the fact that you learn about Mary and her life in France and about the French royal family as well. During this time period all you ever really hear about it Henry VIII and all of his wives. It was nice to learn about other people who did help influence this time period as well.Katie
Talk about a depressing, evil time in the history of the world! The characters in this book seemed only concerned about themselves, had no regard for human life or morality and were not happy. The worst part is that it is true. I find it sad that little girls currently wish to be princesses. If this book depicts what life is like for a princess, I wouldn't want to wish that on anyone!On the bright side, I thought the author did a good job of taking historical facts and making the events and people depicted realistic. I am not a history buff, and maybe this is why.Patricia Ricard
I enjoyed reading this book. Jean Plaidy did a wonderful job of creating a historical fiction story with factual information about King Henry VIII, his sister Queen Mary of France, and the royal Tudor family. The story compelled me to do a little internet research and I found that indeed the background information and royal traditions of the time to be accurate. As a woman, I was emotionally invested in the story and amazed at how young Mary was when she was betrothed(promised)to someone she had never met.Jennie
I really love the story between Mary Tudor and Charles Brandon. It's a very sweet love story. I'm surprised there aren't more historical fiction w/ this story. I really enjoyed learning about them. This book was very good. And what I really liked was that it was clean. Not always the case w/ the Tudor's.Kristi
I thought Mary's life was fascinating. And reading about her plight in life - at least initially - helped me get through a hard week! Funny that our little girls are obsessed with princesses when in reality, there were quite a few things that really weren't great about being a princess!Miranda Diaz
A good, not fantastic read about Mary, Queen of France, focusing upon her challenges in love including her unwilling marriage to King Louis of France and her tormented love of Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk. The book gives great insight into her fierce and determined character, deep resentment of her station in life and desire for the simplicity of love. Book lacks much substance outside of this story, and a few too many poorly developed and short term characters to keep track, but a good read for those who love the Tudors and their machinations.Eva
I was excited to read Mary, Queen of France, as I have not found many books on Henry VIII's little sister, and I was not disappointed with this one. Jean Plaidy brings the young princess to life demonstrating the head-strong Tudor sibling, much like her older brother, spirit and unwavering self confidence. A welcome surprise was the background story of the French Court where Mary finds herself married to the old king and pursued by the younger Dauphine.Skeptical of the love bond between Mary and Charles Brandon, the 1st Duke of Suffolk,(beyond forbidden passion) the romance was well written and enjoyable. Definitely will be reading more PlaidyT.E.
This proved to be an engaging story very much in keeping with what on has gleamed from The Lady in the Tower. However, there was much shifting of perspective which I found to be a little annoying; I preferred the sing point of view approach of work previously mentioned, as it allowed me to feel more connected with the heroine. However, all in all it was a brief, wonderfully satisfying read and I am glad to have undertaken it.Jean Plaidy has done it again.Barbara
I really enjoyed this book. Jean Plaidy is one of my favorite authors although I first knew her as Victoria Holt. Her novels always include so much history that can be verified it makes the fictional novels seem almost real. This book had lots of suspense and emotional ups and downs. It really held my interest. Can't wait to read another one of her books!Gina Basham
I am a fan of historical fiction and this was a winner. I love when authors can take you to another time and place with enough historical reference to be believable. I would love to read more by Jean Plaidy - she was a prolific writer. I have moved and need to get a new library card. I think I would go broke trying to read them all - and I'd love to! I can't wait to read more.Samantha
This is my first Jean Plaidy novel, and while i plan to read more, I am a little disappointed in the story telling in this particular novel. Perhaps it is because this has been written before my generation (( am 24 and an avid historical fiction reader), but i found the writing a little bland. The story is so sensational and scandalous but she writes it too quickly, obviously conforming to a publisher's limit of pages. I found this book to read out this way... "Mary falls in love, Mary gets married away from lover to King of France, Mary marries her real love after King dies." I just wanted more drama. I understand that this isn't a Danielle Steel novel but I just wanted more juiciness.