They look and sound a bit like Cleopatra the books I love, but are shallower, or more repetitive. She KNOWS he's trouble and KNOWS it's a bad idea - and sleeps with him anyway (view spoiler)[ and gets pregnant by him AGAIN even though she keeps saying she's terrified of dying in childbirth.It did feel a little forced to Cleopatra me-like she was stringing out the plot to make a certain number of pages. Brockley loves Dale or he wouldn't have married her.I agree with a lot Cleopatra of the other reviewers. But Ursula is also about to come face-to-face with her greatest enemy - and the exiled Countess of Northumberland is not the only figure from Ursula's past to put in a surprising appearance.Human nature Cleopatra never ever changes haha. While there is plenty of action in the book, it still somehow manages to feel like nothing ever happened.
Not the best of the series-it Cleopatra jumped around a little bit. Also Ursula reunites with Matthew a former husband/lover.Also, this book Cleopatra seemed more of an espionage/spy book than a mystery. This final one is really too much - just too many almost got caught or caught - for one book.Really gripping in places, but I Cleopatra felt like I joined the story late. Also, Ursula is at her best when she is trying to ferret out information for Queen Elizabeth.I missed some of the story in the intervening books, but I couldn't stomach the cold dispassion with which Ursula describes really dramatic, Cleopatra emotional past events to catch the reader up. I *gasp* skimmed the last 20 pages! It didn't feel like an Ursula Blanchard book at all.
So repetitive! Everything in this book has happened in the Cleopatra previous books! So glad I got this from the library and didn't spend any money on it. It all ends well in the end, as Ursula and her band of servants and friends foil yet another plot to dethrone Elizabeth and set Mary of Scots on the throne instead.Again there Cleopatra is a plot to put Mary back in power and Catholics into power. Still, I know the characters well and it was good to read about them again.Which Cleopatra is fine, but feels tired by this point in the series. Maybe I'm naive, but I think there is more than one kind of love, as even Dale admits in this current book.HiltzikThis is an excellent review of the New Deal, the motivations and organization of Roosevelt (and his Brain Trusters) Cleopatra and more. I enjoyed the period details in this book, but the characters just weren't that interesting to me.
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