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Jane the Quene

Finalist, 2016 Novel of the Year – Underground Book Reviews; Semi-Finalist, M.M. Bennetts 2017 Award for Historical Fiction; Readers’ Award, Chill With a Book; Honoree, BRAG Medallion.

“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… This enticing, historically accurate story lends immediacy to the events.” – Publishers Weekly 

“A touching and insightful reading experience.” – Historical Novel Society

“In her remarkable debut novel, Janet Wertman comes as close to capturing this elusive figure as any novelist has yet done.” – Open Letters Monthly, an Arts and Literature Review
 
“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 Review
 
“Janet Wertman delivers pages of beautiful prose in a well-researched first book…Freaking amazing.” – Underground Book Reviews
 
“This is an author who is fiercely passionate about her subject matter and respects that even the smallest details merit her attention.” – Historical Fiction Reader

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All Jane Seymour wants is a husband; but when she catches the eye of a volatile king, she is pulled deep into the Tudor court’s realm of plot and intrigue….

England. 1535. Jane Seymour is 27 years old and increasingly desperate for the marriage that will provide her a real place in the world. She gets the perfect opportunity to shine when the court visits Wolf Hall, the Seymour ancestral manor. With new poise born from this event, it seems certain that her efficiency and diligence will shine through and finally attract a suitor.

Meanwhile, King Henry VIII is 45 and increasingly desperate for a son to secure his legacy. He left his first wife, a princess of Spain, changing his country’s religion in the process, to marry Anne Boleyn — but she too has failed to deliver the promised heir. As Henry begins to fear he is cursed, Jane Seymour’s honesty and innocence conjure redemption. Thomas Cromwell, an ambitious clerk who has built a career on strategically satisfying the King’s desires, sees in Jane the perfect vehicle to calm the political unrest that threatens the country: he engineers the plot that ends with Jane becoming the King’s third wife.Jane believes herself virtuous and her actions justified, but early miscarriages shake her confidence and hopes. 

How can a woman who has done nothing wrong herself deal with the guilt of how she unseated her predecessor?

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11 Comments

  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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