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Plain Jane: A Novel of Jane Seymour

Plain Jane: A Novel of Jane Seymour (Tudor Women Series) - Laurien Gardner There are so little books out there regarding Jane Seymour, the third wife of Henry VIII, so I was thrilled when I found this book and thankfully the author did not disappoint. Although the book is fiction, the author did base her book on historical facts the best she could as she explains in the Author's Afterword. I have read reviews where it said the author focused a bit too much on Jane's plainness, constantly reminding the reader of it, and although I agree to some extent, I did not find it distracting as some other readers did. It was how Jane viewed herself within this story and to remind the reader helped understand Jane's thoughts and feelings in that particular moment.

I wish there had been more moments between her and the king, as her love for him wasn't as convincing otherwise. It was the first book I've read where the king was actually written quite sympathetic and it was the first time I actually really liked him as a character, which was a nice change.

My biggest disappointment is that the author decided to tweak history by leaving out Anne Stanhope, the wife of the Queen's brother, Edward, and instead chose to keep him married to his first wife throughout the book. They were already divorced and he remarried to Anne during the main events of the books. Being most interested in Edward and Anne Seymour, her slight is where my only disappointment comes from. However, any other reader not as invested in those secondary historical characters, won't even notice or care.

All in all I LOVED this book. I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes fiction set in the Tudor times around Henry VIII and his wives. I devoured it all in only three days and if I hadn't had to work it would of been much sooner.