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Tall Poppies Review: An Author’s Magic Shines Through In ‘The Queen’s Mistake’

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The Queen’s Mistake by Diane Haeger is a work of historical fiction that makes the events of centuries ago feel fresh, relevant, and enticing. This book is luminous, as is its titular queen. The novel tells the story of the very young and very beautiful Catherine Howard, who, as King Henry VIII’s fifth wife is destined, like all of his wives, for a very sad fate. Catherine Howard plunges headlong into danger, even as we wish that she would stay put, in her simpler life, far away from the castle and the king’s rapacious appetites. We know from the first page that the Queen’s dalliance with King Henry VIII will end in disaster. No spoilers here; it’s history after all.…

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