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Mistress of Mourning: A Novel (Original 2012; 2012. Auflage)

von Karen Harper (Autor)

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London, 1501. In a time of political unrest, Varina Westcott, a young widow and candle maker for court and church, agrees to perform a clandestine service for Queen Elizabeth of York, wife of Henry VII: carve wax figures of four dead children, two of her offspring lost in infancy and her two brothers, the Princes of the Tower, whose mysterious disappearance years ago has never been solved.… (mehr)
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Titel:Mistress of Mourning: A Novel
Autoren:Karen Harper (Autor)
Info:Berkley (2012), Edition: 1, 399 pages
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It was a very different viewpoint from what I'm used to for that period. I found some events and conversations felt forced and didn't flow with the story, but overall I enjoyed it. ( )
  Linyarai | Feb 16, 2020 |
I have to admit that this one did not really capture me as thoroughly some of Karen Harper's other books. It is an adventure, history, and mystery rolled into one novel, and I couldn't get into the basic plot line.
Varina is a chandler, a candle maker, who catches the attention of Henry VII's Queen Elizabeth. She is given a very personal and secret project. In the process she meets the love of her life, and becomes entangled in treason. Throw in the popular "Princes in the Tower" story line-after all,the Queen is their older sister-and there you have the novel. I just didn't find the plot very engaging. However, it is well written and gives an interesting peek into the famous guild system of London. ( )
  a1stitcher | Jun 22, 2019 |
Varina Westcott, candle maker, is a widow who has also just lost her son... She makes beautiful angel candles w/ the face of her child on them & gives/sells them to very few... The candle guild is angry for Varina is not a member (she's female), and she is accepting small payments for an item that they have not approved nor priced.

To make matters worse, wealthy widower & well thought of guild member Christopher Gage is pushing Varina into a betrothal that she is doing her best to avoid and having Varina pose for the stained windows for the new Guild hall.....

The Queen Elizabeth wife of Henry VII has heard of Varina's angel candles and has hired Variana to work for her on the pretext of making wedding candles for her son Prince Arthur & the Spanish Princess Katherine of Aragon. In reality Varina is secretly creating wax effigies of her two dead children and more dangerously her two brothers, the "Princes in the Tower".

Guarded by Nicholas Sutton, lest she be discovered, Varina begins her work on the effigies but then comes the news t hat the Queen's oldest son, Arthur, has died in Wales. Believing Arthur's death to be murder at the hands of the Henry's enemies, the Queen sends Nicholas & Varina to Wales to quietly investigate Arthur's death...

I was bored.... I found Varina to be mealy-mouthed (could be due to her deep mourning) and other characters to be repulsive and/or weak.... ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 18, 2016 |
An engrossing read, this book contains a bit of everything. There’s a romance, mystery, historical tidbits, and suspense. The rousing tale of two women caught up in the strictures of grief overcoming it to solve the mystery of who’s gunning for the Tudor dynasty kept me on the edge of my seat. I liked that the author was able to balance the different elements into one streaming and smooth story.

I especially liked Varina. She’s got guts, courage, and a caring heart. Though a bit blind at times to the emotions of those surrounding her, she’s an intelligent woman who dedicates herself to serving her Queen and protecting her family and loved ones. I also liked that she was practical in her perceived expectations for her future, yet there was still a bit of the romantic in her to not immediately jump on the first marriage proposal to come her way.

There were a ton of neat historical tidbits throughout the story: details of the burial practices of early Tudor England, some of the magic still present in the rural folklore, the role of women in the time period, and the mechanics of running a business in bustling London. Those historical tidbits made for a fun read for any history lover.

Yet, there wasn’t much meaty stuff here. The details were fun, yet a lot of stuff seemed a bit far-fetched to me to have actually happened. Elizabeth’s wax effigies in hiding, the lightning fast speed of Nick’s and Varina’s romance, and the varying roles that Varina played all seem a bit out there to me. The hypothesis the author puts forward for why Arthur died and responsible party behind the Princes in the Tower were intriguing, though.

A fun read, this book will definitely kill a weekend for you. It’s got some neat historical tidbits, a great lead, and a thrilling plot. And while it may not have a lot of meat on its bones when it comes to historical weight and story, I think this novel would still be very enjoyable for any historical fiction lover. ( )
  Sarah_Gruwell | Jan 13, 2016 |
Really enjoyed this one, as it's a bit of a different take than a lot of historical fiction. Most historical fiction leaves you in the head of one central character. This one gives you a different perspective. You get most of the storyline from the "waxwoman" instead of a royal. ( )
  Schlyne | Nov 12, 2015 |
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US title Mistress of Mourning; UK title The Queen’s Confidante
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London, 1501. In a time of political unrest, Varina Westcott, a young widow and candle maker for court and church, agrees to perform a clandestine service for Queen Elizabeth of York, wife of Henry VII: carve wax figures of four dead children, two of her offspring lost in infancy and her two brothers, the Princes of the Tower, whose mysterious disappearance years ago has never been solved.

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