The Sumerton Women by D.L. Bogdan

The Sumerton Women by D.L. Bogdan
Kensington, April 24, 2012
Review copy provided by the author, thank you!
Burton Book Review Rating:Enjoyed very much!

Orphaned at age eight, Lady Cecily Burkhart becomes the ward of Harold Pierce, Earl of Sumerton. Lord Hal and his wife, Lady Grace, welcome sweet-natured Cecily as one of their own. With Brey, their young son, Cecily develops an easy friendship. But their daughter, Mirabella, is consumed by her religious vocation—and by her devotion to Father Alec Cahill, the family priest…

Set at a fictional estate of Sumerton, Bogdan reenters the Tudor courts in a different fashion with this new novel. Fresh new characters breeze through the tyranny of King Henry VIII’s reforms, but not everyone comes away unscathed. The root of this story is as the title suggests, with women who love the Earl of Sumerton. The Earl is a sweet man, with little faults, except for his inability to break through to his alcoholic wife, Lady Grace.

And herein lies the problem with the rest of the review. If I say much about his children, and his ward Lady Cecily, I would give away intriguingly spicy plot points which would otherwise ruin the story for the potential reader. I was warned ahead of time that the synopsis alone gave away a piece of the story, and I kept my promise to myself to not read the synopsis, and I have shortened the one above.

This is a story where the Church and one’s own faith collides with that of the Kings’ and their own family; this is a story where family ties are put to the test; this is a story that offers an intriguing slice of life set against a very tumultuous time in England. The political games are the backdrop, with the religious upheaval and the reforms more at the forefront, and they effect and inspire the Sumerton women differently. I loved the characters, their flaws, and their traits, and most especially enjoyed the family drama that was the focus as opposed to simply focusing on yet another Tudor figure. There are appearances by the King, and the Queens, and Cranmer, who are there to set the historical tone. There are births, deaths, and marriages.. where betrayal, trust and loyalty are all intertwined in a fast-paced saga that I would recommend to readers who appreciate the Tudor era. I enjoy Bogdan’s writing style and always look forward to her work, (all of her Tudor books have been a delight) but I was thrilled how Bogdan channeled some V.C. Andrews for The Sumerton Women!

Read my previous reviews of Bodgan’s Tudor novels
Read another review of The Sumerton Women at Historical-Fiction.com
The author’s blog can be found at http://www.dlbogdan.blogspot.com/

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Filed under 16th Century, 2012 Releases, 2012 Review, D.L. Bogdan, Tudor

3 responses to “The Sumerton Women by D.L. Bogdan

  1. It was so hard not to give anything away with the review, but you did a wonderful job of generalizing and still getting your points across 🙂 Another thought came to me about this story that I didn't put in my review–this is one of those books that sticks with you. I know a lot of books I read (especially ones with the same historical characters over and over) are hazy directly after reading them, but these characters truly stand out and are memorable.

  2. The fact that you can't say too much about the book without spoiling the story has me intrigued! I read Rivals in the Tudor Court earlier this year and liked it. I'm looking forward to reading this one.

  3. I really enjoyed this novel! It was one of my favorite reads of 2012 and it has definitely made me want to read her other novels. I agree, it was VERY hard to review this one without giving away the plot twists.

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