Thursday, April 6, 2017

Great Book Alert: THE OTHER ELIZABETH by Elsa Watson

I just read THE OTHER ELIZABETH, and I loved it!



The novel's a YA historical fiction written by my friend Elsa Watson. Elsa's been a guest at my blog before, and I'm excited to tell you about her latest book!


Here's the blurb:

Fourteen-year-old Elizabeth Tudor feels trapped. King Henry is dead, and her stepmother's new husband is dragging her into a dangerous game. When young commoner Grit Bexley arrives, Elizabeth can't help but notice how much they look alike. It doesn't take the girls long to decide to switch places. Now Grit can enjoy the luxury of the palace while Elizabeth escapes to warn her brother of impending danger to the crown. But can the princess survive the hardscrabble outside world? And can Grit make Queen Katherine believe that she's royalty? Each girl will need her wits to navigate her new world without getting caught...


THE OTHER ELIZABETH is an excellent read! It's suspenseful, fun, and a total page-turner. Elsa, a history lover (side note: and dog lover) at heart, writes gorgeous historical fiction. She quickly pulled me into young Elizabeth Tudor's world, really showing the weight that comes with royalty--figuratively and literally since those dresses were not light! And the world of a commoner like Grit? Elsa shows the harshness of that as well, and Grit is a heroine I immediately cared about and cheered for!

I've been a fan of Elsa's since I read her first book, MAID MARIAN, and I didn't know her back then. She's passionate about history and historical fiction, so I'm super happy she's writing it! Lucky us! She's a skilled researcher so, in addition to weaving an exciting story, she writes a setting that has texture, color, and life. Reading Elsa's book made me hungry for more knowledge about Elizabeth Tudor and her famous family, so I  ordered a nonfiction book about them when I finished THE OTHER ELIZABETH.

I recommend THE OTHER ELIZABETH. It's a book that's fit for a queen. Or a clever commoner.  :)

Do you read historical fiction? If so, what's a title you recommend?


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If you want to buy THE OTHER ELIZABETH, it's available on Amazon!

10 comments:

Donna K. Weaver said...

Sounds like a fun twist on The Prince and the Pauper.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

A good researcher knows how to make history come alive.

Dawn Simon said...

Donna, true! It's such a fun book!

Alex, I agree! One of the many things I love about YA historical fiction and picture book biographies is that both can make history more accessible. Being a good researcher is key.

Andrea Mack said...

How intriguing! I really like historical fiction and don't get to read it enough.

DMS said...

I love history and historical fiction. This book sounds right up my alley. I am a big fan of books about Henry VIII and his wives or those associated with him. Loved this review. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to picking this up!
~Jess

Dawn Simon said...

Andrea, I enjoy it, too!

Jess, it does sound like it's right up your alley! Enjoy the book! Bet you'll love it!

Cherie Reich said...

The Other Elizabeth sounds like such a great read! I do read historical fiction occasionally, but it tends to have a mystery involved with it like John Maddox Roberts' SPQR series.

Dawn Simon said...

Hi, Cherie! It really is! Thank you for the recommendation!

Crystal Collier said...

You've got my attention. The book sounds fabulous!

Dawn Simon said...

Crystal, I really enjoyed it!