Friday, July 2, 2010

Friday 56: Week 49

* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions
on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of this blog.
Post a link along with your post back to this blog and to Storytime with Tonya and Friends at
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

The King's Mistress: A Novel

Here's mine from The King's Mistress: A Novel  by Emma Campion.   I just received the book this week and am very excited to start reading!
Here's the blurb:

Like most girls of her era Alice is taught obedience in all things.  At the age of fourteen, she marries the man her father chooses for her, dutifully accepting the cost of being torn from the family she holds so dear and losing the love of her mother forever.  Despite these heartbreaks Alice finds that merchant Janyn Perrers is a good and loving husband and the two settle into a happy life together.  Their bliss is short-lived, however, unraveled the dark day a messenger appears at Alice's door and notifies her of Janyn's sudden disappearance.

In the wake of this tragedy, Alice learns that her husband kept many dangerous secrets -- secrets that have resulted in a price on her head and that of her beloved daughter.  Her only chance to survive lies in the protection of King Edward and Queen Philippa, but she therefore must live at court as a virtual prisoner.  When she is singled out by the king for more than just royal patronage, the stakes are raised.

Emma Campion paints a colorful and thrilling portrait of the court of Edward III -- with all of its extravagance, scandalous love affairs, political machinations, and murder -- and the devastating results of being singled out by the royal family.  At the center of the storm is Alice, surviving by her wits in this dangerous world where the choices are not always of their own making.  Emma Campion's dazzling novel shows that there is always another side to the story.

Here's my Friday 56:
I loved her.  I felt foolish for not having understood that she was not a grand horse.  I turned away from him and prayed that I might gain my composure.


  1. Emma's book sounds very colorful. Your sentence this week is great and your "new blog look" is grand! Happy 4th!

  2. Hi. My Friday 56....

  3. The summary sounds really interesting and your F56 makes one wonder what happened to the protagonist. Hope its nothing bad.

    Mine's here.

  4. Great Blog! Here's my Friday 56: