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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (631 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Suzannah Dunn Narrator: Jane McDowell Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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