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Carpe Librum

Reviews and bookish conversation with author Samantha Wilcoxson.

If I am lost, you will find me in medieval England.

You can also find me - and my books - on my blog.

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The Naked Public Square: Religion and Democracy in America
Richard John Neuhaus
A Year with Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Carla Barnhill, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jim Wallis

Defying Henry VIII: Elizabeth Barton

Was the Holy Maid of Kent a prophetess or a fraud?


Source: http://samanthawilcoxson.blogspot.com/2018/08/defying-henry-viii-elizabeth-barton.html

Novellas in Paperback!

For those who have been patiently waiting, the paperback volume of my novellas is here!



This paperback edition includes:

The Last Lancastrian: A Story of Margaret Beaufort

Once a Queen: A Story of Elizabeth Woodville


Prince of York: A Story of Reginald Pole

Source: http://mybook.to/Novellas

New Release! Prince of York: A Story of Reginald Pole

I am so excited for this day! Reginald Pole has been the most fascinating person that I have had the pleasure to study. I admire him in so many ways, and, while part of me wishes he had been a bit more ambitious, another part has to admit that is one of the characteristics that makes him so honorable. I hope that you enjoy reading this novella as much as I enjoyed writing it!




Source: http://mybook.to/PrinceOfYork

Defying Henry VIII: Evil May Day Rioters

Don't like the king's economic policies? Better keep that to yourself!


Source: http://samanthawilcoxson.blogspot.com/2018/07/defying-henry-viii-evil-may-day-rioters.html

Still here....sort of

Hello, friends! I owe you all an apology because I have done a horrible job of keeping up with things here on Booklikes lately. Between kids, house, writing - you know, life - this blog has fallen through the cracks, and I miss you all!


Since I can't promise that things are getting better anytime soon, I wanted to at least invite you all to follow/friend me on other platforms where I do a better job of staying active (a little better at least).


My blog: https://samanthawilcoxson.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PlantagenetEmbers/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/samantha_wilcoxson/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/carpe_librum


Unfortunately, I haven't been doing much reviewing, so following me on Goodreads won't gain you much. If you'd like to, I'm here: https://www.goodreads.com/samanthajw. My lack of reviewing is a combination of lack of time and need to censor myself. It is definitely frowned upon for a writer to tear apart another writer's work, and I've seen too many people review books by fellow indie authors and give them reviews that they don't deserve. I get it. It's a tough road. But I am not willing to give 5-stars to a book that hasn't earned it, so I just keep my mouth shut.


Another item is the book club that I have started here (http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/10/more-historical-than-fiction). It has gone inactive, but if anyone is interested in reviving and admining it, I'm happy to turn it over.


I hope everyone is having an amazing summer! Happy reading!

Girl on a Train by AJ Waines

Girl on a Train - Author's Republic, A.J. Waines, Melissa Chambers

A glimpse at the reviews for this book tells me that many people are 'tricked' into reading it due to it's similarity to The Girl on the Train. I realized my mistake about a quarter of the way through listening to this audiobook and decided that I liked it enough to continue.

The most clever thing about this book might be the decision to name it almost the same thing as a famous bestseller, but the plot is also quite intricate - to the point where it becomes implausible. I enjoyed the character development and style of writing that made this book play like a movie in my head. If I found the final reveal a bit much, it did take me by surprise. If you happen to accidentally pick it up, I recommend sticking with it. ;-)

Defying Henry VIII: Edward Stafford

Did the Duke of Buckingham really commit treason?


Source: http://samanthawilcoxson.blogspot.com/2018/06/defying-henry-viii-edward-stafford.html

Defying Henry VIII: Thomas More

Next up: Thomas More


Source: http://samanthawilcoxson.blogspot.com/2018/05/defying-henry-viii-thomas-more.html

Defying Henry VIII: Richard de la Pole

Next in the new series!

Source: http://samanthawilcoxson.blogspot.com/2018/05/defying-henry-viii-richard-de-la-pole.html

Author Inspiration at Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots

I am a guest of Mary Anne Yarde today, and she asked me what inspires me to write. Check it out.


Source: http://maryanneyarde.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/author-inspiration-samantha-wilcoxson.html

Defying Henry VIII: Reginald Pole

I am starting an exciting new series on my blog today exploring the stories of those brave souls who stood up to the Tudor tyrant. The first - my favorite - Reginald Pole.


Source: http://samanthawilcoxson.blogspot.com/2018/04/defying-henry-viii-reginald-pole.html

Will the real Thomas Jefferson please stand up?

Burr - Gore Vidal America's First Daughter: A Novel - Stephanie Dray, Laura Croghan Kamoie

Jefferson according to Burr. Jefferson according to his daughter. These are fun to read at the same time!

The Last Hours by Minette Walters

The Last Hours - Minette Walters

I selected this book based on an online recommendation. The cover and description were appealing, so I decided to give it a shot. The author is new to me, but the era of history is not. Fourteenth century history does, however, seem to be unfamiliar to the author.

Very little of the attitudes, speech, and beliefs of the characters in this book felt 14th century to me. Besides being flat, one-dimensional characters, many of them sounded like modern people thrown into a novel about the plague. Faith and church, which were an important part of life to most people, rich or poor, at this time, are treated with disdain and mockery by almost every character. Medical knowledge of the 21st century is injected throughout the novel to create an island of survivors while everyone around them is dying.

The only character I had any sympathy for was one the author tries very hard to paint as a villain. But I had pity for the neglected and abused fourteen-year-old daughter whose mother had long ago decided that insults were her favored parenting tool. We are supposed to believe that at some point Lady Anne had tried her best with Eleanor, but her treatment of the girl is horrifying, and it is not shocking that the girl has turned into a brat doing whatever it takes to get some attention. That's what neglected kids do.

As for Thaddeus and his boring ramble through the countryside abusing his own crew of teenagers.....I don't even know what the point of that was. There is a murder that is solved along the way, but no one seems too concerned about it.

The book ends with 'to be continued' but I will not be looking for more of these selfish, anachronistic characters' stories. 

This book was received from NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Thomas Wyatt: Poet & Assassin



Source: http://samanthawilcoxson.blogspot.com/2018/03/thomas-wyatt-poet-assassin.html