The Last Wife of Henry VIII by Carolly Erickson

Rating: 4 out of 5.

My Thoughts:

What I Loved: The book follows the life of Catherine Parr, last wife to King Henry the VIII. I knew about her life up until his death, but did not know anything about her life after his death. I was so interested in this story!


How I Felt: Carolly Erickson writes a great historical fiction book with details that are true woven with the fabrication of a fiction novel. It takes you away into the story, and I felt that it was done extremely well.


To Read or Not To Read: Historical fiction fans will love this book, especially if you enjoy the Henry VIII stories. If you read Philippa Gregory and you haven’t checked out Carolly Erickson, you really should!


What’s This Book About Anyway?

Catherine Parr was the last wife to King Henry VIII. It is well known that he ruthlessly got rid of wives as he found an attraction to a new woman. Catherine managed to escape his wrath for a long time, but soon it was her turn. Henry had her imprisoned, but the released her, and finally died before he could move forward with executing her. She became a member of a very small club of surviving a marriage with Henry the VIII. Follow her life and marriages through this wonderfully written book!


Footnotes:

#historicalfiction #shejustlovesbooks #henryviii #catherineparr #carollyerickson #thelastwifeofhenryviii

The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette by Carolly Erickson

Rating: 4 out of 5.

My Thoughts:

What I Loved: The story told through the diary of Marie Antoinette gave an amazing perspective to her life and experiences.


How I Felt: I feel like she gets such a bad rap with the whole “Let them eat cake” thing, which she never actually said BTW. This book really did put a life to her that made me feel like I understood her better.


To Read Or Not To Read: If you are a fan of historical fiction, this one is perfect for you!⠀Carolly Erickson has done a great job of opening a window into Marie Antoinette’s life. This work of historical fiction weaves well-documented people involved in Marie’s life along with completely fictional ones making a great story.


What’s This Book About Anyway?

Marie Antoinette has left her diary in her prison cell, starting with her early childhood and taking us through her life. There is a love affair with Count Axel Ferson, joy at motherhood and the terror of the French Revolution. This book captures the fears and private thoughts of a Queen in a lose-lose situation.⠀


Footnotes:

#historicalfiction #carollyerickson #thehiddendiaryofmarieantoinette #frenchhistoricalfiction #shejustlovesbooks