Waiting on Wednesday (1)


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme run by Jill from Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases bloggers are eagerly anticipating.

Title: The Virgin’s Lover
Author: Philippa Gregory
Release date: Unknown

As a new queen, Elizabeth I faces two great dangers. The French threaten to invade Scotland. But more perilous still is her passion for the convicted traitor, Robert Dudley.

Dudley is already married. Amy, his wife, refuses to set her beloved husband free to marry the queen, but she cannot prevent him from becoming the favourite of the plotting, pleasure-seeking court. Yet the queen must marry.

Her wisest councillor, William Cecil, knows it must be for policy, not for passion; meanwhile, Elizabeth’s uncle hates Dudley and swears he will murder him rather than have him as part of the royal family. Behind the triangle of loves, the factions take up their places: the Protestants, the priests, the assassins, the diplomats and the moneymakers.

Then, someone acts in secret, and for Elizabeth, Dudley and the emerging kingdom, nothing will be as planned.

Blending historical fact with contemporary rumour, Philippa Gregory has created a dark and tense novel of Tudor times which casts Elizabeth I in a light that no-one has suggested before. Passionate, fearful, emotionally needy, this is a queen who will stop at nothing.

I simply love the historical fiction books by Philippa Gregory. So far, I have read all three previous books set in the Tudor-era: The Other Boleyn Girl, The Queen’s Fool and The Boleyn Inheritance, so naturally I am anticipating the dutch release of the next novel in this series, focusing on my favourite queen of all-times: Elisabeth I. What I like the most about Gregory’s writing style, is her wonderful mix between fiction and reality, and how she makes her characters, who happen to be amongst the most important people that ever walked this earth, seem so human, with their very own flaws and insecurities. Philippa Gregory has never dissapointed me before, and I expect no less of her in The Virgin’s Lover.


  1. I love this book. Great pick.

  2. I really enjoy Philippa Gregory. I’ve only read The Other Boleyn Girl but loved that one. Great pick!

  3. I havent read any of her books but I have heard alot of good things about her.

    Thanks for stopping by my WoW!

  4. I have been wanting to read Philippa’s books for awhile now. Love historical fiction though I have to admit I don’t read them as often as I should.

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