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26 April 2021

Book Review: A Wider World (The Tudor Court Book 2) by Karen Heenan

New on Amazon UK and Amazon US

In 1558, during the last weeks of the reign of Queen Mary, we travel with the unlucky, fifty-year-old Robin Lewis, found guilty of heresy. Under escort from wintry Winterset in Yorkshire, he is on his way to meet his fate at the to the Tower of London. 

In a great opening sentence, reminiscent of George R. R. Martin, Robin mutters, ‘They said I would not end well.’ The young captain of his escort, William Hawkins, has one quality which might delay the inevitable end. He becomes intrigued by Robin’s story of a troubled childhood, and life at the court of Henry VIII – and so did I.

I particularly liked the way incidental characters are used to add depth and richness, and an understated complexity of back-story which is handled with great storytelling skill.

Evocative and poignant, this book is a worthy companion to Karen Heenan’s enthralling novel ‘Songbird’. Highly recommended.

Tony Riches

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About the Author

Karen Heenan was born and raised in Philadelphia. She fell in love with books and stories before she could read, and has wanted to write for nearly as long. After far too many years in a cubicle, she set herself free to follow her dreams -- which which include gardening, sewing, traveling and, of course, lots of writing. She lives in Lansdowne, PA, with two cats and a very patient husband, and is currently hard at work on her next book. Find out more at Karen's website and find her on Twitter @karen_heenan

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