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Friday, March 21, 2014

Book Beginnings + The Friday 56: The Queen's Rivals by Brandy Purdy

Book Beginning hosted by Rose City Reader is where I share the first sentence (or so) of the book I am currently reading, along with my initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

What a splendid study in contradictions I am! Inside as well as out.
~pg.1 ARC

My initial thought is..huh?

The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice. The only rules are to grab a book (any book), turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader and find any sentence, or a few (no spoilers) that grabs you and post it.

For a time, our lady-mother had been keen on devising punishments to fit the crime--when Jane turned her nose at eating a certain dish, our lady-mother would insist that she be served no other fare, and for each meal have that same exact plate set before her even after what was upon it had grown quite putrid.
~pg. 56 ARC
Their ambitions were ordinary, but they were born too close to the throne...

As cousins of history's most tempestuous queens, Ladies Jane, Katherine, and Mary Grey were born in an age when all of London lived beneath the Tower's menacing shadow. Tyrannized by Bloody Mary and the Virgin Queen, the sisters feared love was unthinkable —and the scaffold all but unavoidable...

Raised to fear her royal blood and what it might lead men to do in her name, Mary Grey dreads what will become of herself and her elder sisters under the reigns of Mary Tudor and Elizabeth I. On their honor, they have no designs on the crown, yet are condemned to solitude, forbidden to wed. Though Mary, accustomed to dwelling in the shadows, the subject of whispers, may never catch the eye of a gentleman, her beautiful and brilliant sisters long for freedoms that would surely cost their lives. And so, wizened for her years, Mary can only hope for divine providence amid a bleak present and a future at the whim of the throne — unless destiny gains the upper hand.


fredamans said...

I hope you're enjoying it. Not sure it would be my cup of tea.

Happy weekend!

Lisa Mandina said...

Oooh, I like historical fiction, and that sounds really good! Great choice!
Check out my Friday 56.

Cheryl said...

Oh, I think this book is in my TBR pile somewhere. It sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

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Sandra Nachlinger said...

This sounds like a story I'd enjoy, even though that lady-mother sounds like a witch!
My Friday post features a short story this week: INTERCEPTION.