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Venus in Winter:  A Novel of Bess of Hardwick


By Gillian Bagwell


Hello again! I hope you are having a great day! It is a beautiful afternoon here warm and sunny! I would have posted earlier, but I was busy reading!

This is an actual book. Yes they do still exist!! I received this from LibraryThing in their Early Reviewer’s Giveaway. It is a new book just released July 2, 2013 by Penguin Books. Ahh, back to the wonderful word of historical fiction. I was excited to receive and read this.

This book is about the life of Bess of Hardwick. It starts with her as a poor young girl and follows her rise and fall as she becomes a wealthy woman. Bess married 4 very different men and led quite an interesting life. This book focuses on the first half of her life, perhaps there will be a second novel about the other half?

The events and politics of the time are portrayed well. The book is easy to understand and read. The language and descriptions of the time period are appropriate. The chapters were fairly short and the story flowed well. It includes just a touch of romance and bedroom action.

I read this book in 3 days. While I feel that the book is good, I did not find anything outstanding about it. It seemed to be just another book about the Tudor Dynasty. There was not anything that made it unique. It has all the usual makings of Historical Fiction, the politics, the scandal and intrigue and is well written. I enjoyed the book and it is definitely worth reading. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. Her two other books shown below sound promising.




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