Amy loves Robert. Robert loves Elizabeth. Elizabeth loves Robert, but often doesn't like him. This love triangle is one of the most infamous, and dangerous love triangles in the world. The fate of a Wife and a Kingdom depend on the outcome of this torrid love affair.
Robert Dudley marries Amy Robsart after a young whirlwind courtship. After the passion fades and Robert's ambition ignites, Amy is left in the country as a forgotten wife. At court, Robert recklessly peruses Queen Elizabeth and the Crown of King of England. As his star rises higher and higher, he longs to be free of Amy. How far will he go to hold the Crown? Will Amy break free from the death that stalks her?
Narrated by Amy Robsart Dudley and Queen Elizabeth I, this novel gives the unique perspective of two women attached to the ambitious Robert Dudley. Robert starts out as a besotted youth, who falls in love with the lovely Amy Robsart. He soon turns into one of the biggest villains I have ever met in a book. Prudy did an excellent job of creating a monster. Amy becomes desperate to regain their lost passion, but is fearful of her husband. His verbal and mental abuses become more than one person should have to take. Her sad story makes any person sad. Though she is dying and lonely, she still holds her head up high and tries to play the cards life dealt her. Elizabeth can see the web of lies that Robert spins regarding Amy, and hates how Robert treats Amy. She becomes Amy's behind the scene Champion. Elizabeth is kind, sympathetic, but unable to fully kick Robert to the curb. Until the unthinkable happens.
This book is really good. I loved how it read like a river, flowing steady over the rocks of life, until it reaches a waterfall that throws the reader over the edge.
Published as A Court Affair by Emily Purdy in the UK.
I received this book as part of the Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tour. You can visit the tour page here and get the complete tour schedule. Twitter Hashtag: #QueensPleasureVirtualTour
Brandy Purdy (Emily Purdy in the UK) is the author of the historical novels The Confession of Piers Gaveston, The Boleyn Wife (The Tudor Wife), The Tudor Throne (Mary & Elizabeth) and The Queen's Pleasure (A Court Affair). An ardent book lover since early childhood, she first became interested in history at the age of nine or ten when she read a book of ghost stories which contained a chapter about Anne Boleyn haunting the Tower of London. Visit her website at www.brandypurdy.com, you can also follow her, and her cat Tabby, via her blog at http://brandypurdy.blogspot.com or on Facebook as Brandy Purdy- Emily Purdy.
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