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14 December 2020

Book Review: Christmas at Court by Blythe Gifford

I bought myself a three book bind up of historical Christmas stories called Tudor Christmas Tidings, and first up is Christmas at Court by Blythe Gifford. I haven't read much historical fiction set in the Tudor period, so I'm excited to see how I like it!

Tudor Christmas Tidings cover Mills & Boon Historical Tudor Romance

Make Merry at Court

…with three Tudor Christmas stories!

In Christmas at Court by Blythe Gifford Sir John Talbot and Lady Alice’s secret betrothal must wait until Henry Tudor claims the throne.

Next in Secrets of the Queen's Lady by Jenni Fletcher the lady-in-waiting to Anne of Cleves is unexpectedly reunited with a handsome - younger - diplomat at the palace’s festivities!

And in His Mistletoe Lady by Amanda McCabe, Catherine seeks help from a mysterious Spaniard to free her father in time for Christmas!

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5 Word Review: Family, power, responsibility, love, court. 

This is the first up in the Tudor Christmas Tidings collection, and it is a pretty cute court romance, full of intrigue and plotting.

Christmas at Court by Blythe Gifford covers several tumultuous years at a court in the midst of a power struggle, as the first Tudor king is brought to power.

This is a slow burn romance as it happens over years, but because story is only really told at Christmas in those years it's a surprisingly quick read. The timeline is choppy, but it means that we only get the really good bits - the spark between them when they are together, the slow build of trust, the fast burn of lust, the danger of intrigue.

Alice and John's story is a story to fly through, and the ending is so so lovely.

I'd recommended getting this bind up for this story alone, it was so so good. It did make me want to re-watch The White Princess though.

Every time she closed her eyes, she felt his kiss again, not just on her lips, but on her skin, in her blood. Even - dared she think it? - in her soul.


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