Thursday, May 07, 2015

475 (2015 #32). The Last Wife of Henry VIII

by Carolly Erickson,
read by Terry Donnelly

Of the three historical romances by Carolly Erickson that I have listened to so far, this one has been the best, but only because the narrator was pretty good.

Once again, the author has main character Catherine Parr doing something I felt was too out of character for her to do, just as she did with Tatiana Romanov in The Tsarina's Daughter, or Josephine Bonaparte in The Secret Life of Josephine.  In this case, it's the idea that Catherine Parr - otherwise presented as a rather intelligent woman - would risk being caught having an affair with Tom Seymour while she was married to Henry VIII, even if Tom was the love of her life.

Unfortunately, nowhere in the audio or print book does Erickson clarify what is fiction and what is not, nor even identify the book as a "historical entertainment" (or what I like to think of as historical romance).

The reader, British actress Terry Donnelly, is a good choice in this case, as the characters in the book are also English, and listening was a pleasure.  However, this was the last audio version of this author's books at my public library, and I don't think I'm going to bother reading any more of Erickson's other books there.

© Amanda Pape - 2015

[This audiobook, and a print copy for reference, were borrowed from and returned to my local public library.]

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