HEIR APPARENT by Sheri Vangen-Ratcliffe

HEIR APPARENT

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KIRKUS REVIEW

An epic adventure starring British monarchs both long dead and yet to be born.

First-time novelist Vangen-Ratcliffe warmly embraces just about every narrative genre in this dashing tale of time travel and historical intrigue. Opening in 2070, the story centers on daily life at Hampton Court. Upon the discovery of the remains of one of Henry VIII’s mistresses, the ravishingly beautiful curator Kaitlyn Rose and her swooningly handsome boss, Colin Wycliffe, are suddenly transported 500 years into the past to the infamous king’s court. Coupling teleportation devices with Renaissance customs and sibling rivalry, this sci-fi romance will winningly engage adventure, mystery and history buffs alike. High misadventure explodes from all angles, as Colin attempts to best the devious machinations of his brilliant but evil half-brother, and Kaitlyn wards off the advances of a hedonistic yet charming Henry VIII and the vicious attacks of his current wife, the spurned Anne Boleyn, portrayed here as a harpy for the ages. Tudor fans will love the extended romp through 1534 London as the author weaves her imaginative plot from the small historical thread that Henry’s dalliance with an unknown mistress spurred Anne to fake a pregnancy to regain his affections. The fiery dynamics of this famously tragic relationship, even from beyond the grave, wreak havoc on Kaitlyn, adding a ghostly twist to an already richly brocaded narrative.

By turns riveting and ridiculous, but always fun.

Pub Date: July 19th, 2005
ISBN: 0-595-34541-7
Program: Kirkus Indie
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