I have been reading Jean Plaidy for years, since I was a teen. She never fails to deliver an easy well-researched read. This story of the younger, petted sister of Henry VIII is no exception. Spoiled from birth, Mary is used to getting her own way, until the matter of her marriage comes up. Then she learns the hard way that being a royal princess has its downside. Married off to the aging king of France for political reasons, she has to grow up in a hurry. At his death, she risks all to marry the love of her life, Charles Brandon, depending on Henry’s promise, and his love for her and Charles.
This intriguing story follows the facts of history, and at the same time delivers a satisfying novel with insight into Mary’s feelings. A good read.