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2.65 out of 52.65 out of 52.65 out of 52.65 out of 52.65 out of 5 2.65 (23 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Suzannah Dunn Narrator: Jane McDowell Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2010 ISBN:
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'England: firelight and fireblush; wine-dark, winking gemstones, and a frost of pearls. Wool as soft as silk, in leaf-green and moss; satins glossy like a midsummer night or opalescent like winter sunrise....Little did we know it but that night we were already ghosts in our own lives....'

When 12-year-old Katherine Howard comes to live in the Duchess of Norfolk's household, poor relation Cat Tilney is deeply suspicious of her. The two girls couldn't be more different: Cat, watchful and ambitious; Katherine, interested only in clothes and boys. Their companions are in thrall to Katherine, but it's Cat in whom Katherine confides and, despite herself, Cat is drawn to her. Summoned to court at 17, Katherine leaves Cat in the company of her ex-lover, Francis, and the two begin their own, much more serious love affair.

Within months, the king has set aside his Dutch wife Anne for Katherine. The future seems assured for the new queen and her maid-in-waiting, although Cat would feel more confident if Katherine hadn't embarked on an affair with one of the king's favoured attendants, Thomas Culpeper.

However, for a blissful year and a half, it seems that Katherine can have everything she wants. But then allegations are made about her girlhood love affairs. Desperately frightened, Katherine recounts a version of events that implicates Francis but which Cat knows to be a lie. With Francis in the Tower, Cat alone knows the whole truth of Queen Katherine Howard - but if she tells, Katherine will die.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cassie | 2/18/2014

    " Henry VIII has always been a fascinating figure of history to learn about; however, learning about it from the perspective of his wives isn't something we hear about quite as much. This is the story of his 5th wife and one of the unlucky ones to be beheaded by her husband after being accused of adultery. Written from the point of view of one of her best friends and ladies in waiting, one can't help but feel bad for the characters dragged into the mess that Katherine Howard creates. If you have not read much about Henry VIII or his wives this is a good portrayal of the king later in his reign. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rita | 2/7/2014

    " I love reading about the Tudors, but this one wasn't that great. I still enjoyed parts of it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lani | 1/15/2014

    " I picked up this book because I loved the Tudor series on HBO! Of course in watching the show, I now tend to picture the characters as they were on The Tudors. I enjoyed delving back into that time period for a while. Since I knew how it would end if the author followed historical facts, I wasn't surprised at any events as the tale moved along, but it was a good read just the same. No real thought provoking issues, but I was merely looking for something quick and entertaining. If you are not one to be bothered by modern wording in a tale taking place way before some of the phrases used in the book, you'll be okay. Don't take it so seriously and try to enjoy it. If you get hung up on propriety, it might not be the book for you. My feeling is that if you liked the Tudors or that particular time period, you should give this book a try. It was fun and a quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara Green | 1/13/2014

    " The Confessions of Katherine Howard is in my opinion most easily described as quick & somewhat entertaining chick lit masquerading as historical fiction. It kept my attention but I can't say I was involved with either Katherine or Cat whose relationship is pivotal in the story. Suzanne Dunn has her characters speaking in the modern idiom and, whilst she points out none of us really know how the Tudors spoke and I did eventually overlook it, I do feel it undercuts the credibility of the story. I haven't read Dunn previously so I have nothing to compare with but I am not left feeling I must read her again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelby Aldous | 1/12/2014

    " My personal favourite of Suzannah's books. But it's perhaps no where near as detailed in the present tense (within the book) as it could of been. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susan Thornton | 12/30/2013

    " I read about 1/3 of the book and couldn't finish. It wasn't what I expected. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meygan | 12/29/2013

    " A very interesting portrayal of young Katherine, but I honestly prefer the much more flighty version of Gregory's novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 ~terri | 12/27/2013

    " I am finished and so happy I made it! I struggled to get through this one. Not real enjoyable to me at all but I stuck it out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 12/18/2013

    " I simply must stop reading books about Tudors. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Catherine Broughton | 11/13/2013

    " A bit trite to say the least, but then it is only a novel. The author has a brilliant way of describing things, which is what kept me reading. The epilogue could have been better, "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 11/12/2013

    " Quick and easy read, very evocative. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elaine | 7/22/2013

    " Review to follow in due course-an interesting narrator, but overall a bit boring.A good ideaa (narrated by a minor relative), but sadly one which didn't really work. Too much repetetion, nothing new learned/discovered-overall one of the few books about the Tudor era which has bored me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ros | 7/5/2013

    " Cat Tilney tells the tale of Katherine Howard "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Bergin | 2/8/2013

    " Another Tudor set novel for me here. I really enjoyed it and have read the authors other Tudor set novels, all of which were good reads. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alison | 1/31/2013

    " Disappointed to find a Dunant novel that didn't engage me at all. I tried - as I have read many of her books and loved them. Oh well.... next time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela Joyce | 1/3/2013

    " This was interesting enough to read to the end, but... I don't know, something was missing. A couple of errors distracted me, too, such as "reeked havoc" and the misuse of the word "wondrous." Jean Plaidy is still the historical novelist I prefer, even if she was afraid of commas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie Farrell | 12/19/2012

    " Not what I would ordinarily read but I enjoyed it all the same "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Indiaskye | 12/9/2012

    " This one was not for me. I made it through 107 pages before deciding it was time to quit. The story was boring, the characters unlikable, and the book just didn't have the right feel for a Tudor novel if you know what I mean. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Randi | 7/26/2012

    " Quick fun summer read gives a new perspective if you are interested in the subject, "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christine | 5/29/2012

    " I can't put my finger on why this book didn't grab me - I can't remember if I've read Suzanne Dunn before, but I felt like I tripped over her writing style; didn't "flow" well for me. The story was mediocre for me... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lily | 11/20/2011

    " This was my first historian fiction book I have read and I really didn't like it. Half way through the book I gave up (something I try not to do). I thought it was slow and nothing really happened. Life's too short to read rubbish books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 4/20/2011

    " This book being historical fiction was a fun read to see what Katerine Howard may have been thinking or acting like during her times at "boarding school" and while she King Henry VIII's wife. The ending we all know is that she is beheaded.


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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Trish | 4/18/2011

    " Don't bother. Not worth the time spent on it. "

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About the Author
Author Suzannah Dunn

Suzannah Dunn is the author of numerous novels, including The Sixth Wife, The Confession of Katherine Howard, The Queen’s Sorrow, and The Queen of Subtleties. She lives in Shropshire, England.

About the Narrator

Jane McDowell’s work spans theater, film, television, and radio. Her film work includes a leading role in the award-winning Twelve in a Box, leading roles in several Bollywood movies, and numerous shorts. She appeared in the BBC drama Dustbin Baby and has recorded plays and poetry readings for BBC Radio.