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Jane the Quene

Reviews are in – and they are making me dance! Here are snippets from a few that were posted on Amazon:

“Ms. Wertman is a gifted writer who has mastered the voice and tone of the period with elegant simplicity and depth”

“Rich in detail and very interesting. A thoroughly enjoyable read!”

“A thoroughly engaging, incredibly well put together story.”

“[The author] truly had a gift for making the reader feel transported to Tudor England. Loved it!”

I also was proud to have Jane the Quene featured/reviewed on several wonderful blogs:

The Freelance History Writer Notes and Reviews, May 12, 2016 (“What a delight this book is! … I think any reader would enjoy the book and highly recommend it!”)

Jane Boleyn: The Real Story Behind the Infamous Lady Rochford, June 7, 2016  (“This book does for Jane Seymour what Hilary Mantel did for Thomas Cromwell”)

The Review, June 23, 2016 (“Janet Wertman meets the challenge of writing a story with a predetermined end, yet maintaining a hold on her audience until the last page is turned”)

The Spiral Tower of Inky Doom, July 31, 2016 (“Wertman brings what I have always thought of as the ‘dull and simple’ queen to beautiful light, breathing personality, honour and duty to Jane’s  background and time in court.”)

Open Letters Monthly, January 1, 2017 (“In her remarkable debut novel, Janet Wertman comes as close to capturing this elusive figure as any novelist has yet done.”)

Historical Novels Review, February 2017 (“A touching and insightful reading experience”)

Underground Book Reviews, August 2017 (“Janet Wertman delivers pages of beautiful prose in a well-researched first book…Freaking amazing.”)

Publishers Weekly, October 2017 (“Wertman describes the pageantry, gowns, and architecture of pre-Elizabethan England; presents an ample cast of nobles and ladies-in-waiting; and exposes the tense religious turmoil and malicious political machinations of the Tudor court, led by dastardly Thomas Cromwell. This enticing, historically accurate story lends immediacy to the events.”)

Wanna read a sample? I do have the “Look Inside” feature activated on Amazon, but when I first announced the publication date I also included a relevant excerpt. “Easter Sunday 1536 – and 2016!” lets you see a snippet from about halfway through the book – it was the day on which Jane Seymour got her own apartments at court…just before she had to retire from them so that the investigation against Anne Boleyn could begin.

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  1. Amanda Amanda

    Can’t wait to read your book, I recently found your blog and you seem like a fantastic writer!

  2. Thank you so much! You’ve made my day. I hope you’ll follow the page and come back often!

  3. Charlotte Graham Charlotte Graham

    I am half way through and I have to tell you, as someone who has read everything related to the Tudor court, including tons of historical fiction… this is the BEST novel I have ever laid my eyes on. I’m not exaggerating. I love Jane Seymour and she has never come alive so much as she does in this book. I can’t praise you enough for what a wonderful job you’ve done! Please continue to write, and I would LOVE if there were more to come about Jane Seymour! But please do all of the wives! You are very talented and I can’t wait for more of your books!

    • What a wonderful comment to leave, I am beaming and dancing – thank you so much. I hate to be greedy, but would you please considers posting a review on Amazon or Goodreads?

  4. Melissa Melissa

    This was an amazing book! I loved it!

    • Thank you so much for saying so!! And given the timing I suspect you are the MES who left me a five-star review on Amazon. THANK YOU all around.

  5. Candace Jacobs Candace Jacobs

    Dear Ms Wertman,
    I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed reading “Jane the Quene” – it was well written and you did a great job bringing the Tudor era to life. I always know I have enjoyed a book when I find I am still thinking about it days after finishing it! I am now eager for the next instalment – when is it coming out?
    Thanks so much!!

    • Thank you so much for your message! I am so glad to hear you loved Jane the Quene, I hope you will love The Path to Somerset as much. I’m hoping to have it out early in 2018. I hope you’ll follow me here (or Facebook or Goodreads or somewhere) – I’ll be talking about it as we get closer!

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